By consulting and deliberating over important UN reports and trends, Taiwan Coalition Against Violence (TCAV) examines current gender-based violence (GBV) issues that Taiwan's society faces while exploring feasible solutions. With allusion to 11 issues (orientation, prevention, staff training and capacity building, effective establishment and reporting of data, protective measures, criminal justice system, budget, network integration, criminality, protected persons, and supervision and evaluation ), the guidelines for the Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence Prevention legislation in Taiwan are inspected. Through these guidelines, TCAV not only strives to analyze the gaps between domestic laws and the international treaty obligations and global trends, but also to establish the foundation to Taiwan's GBV and sexual assault prevention efforts.
The eradication of violence against women remains one of the most formidable challenges our generation faces. The experience that Taiwan has accumulated over the past decades as well as the systems and database Taiwan has developed should be put to use in a more systematic and effective manner. As of now, we still have a lot to do, including:
(1) Mapping out laws, policies, and administrative measures that are in accordance with international legal standards and criteria.
(2) Addressing the insufficiency of comprehensive data, despite significant increases in the information on the nature, prevalence, and frequency of various forms of violence toward women.
(3) Reflecting on the lack of political will, as is evident from the shortage of resources allocated toward the resolution of violence toward women, as well as inadequate facilitation and cultivation of political and social environments that harbour zero tolerance for violence toward women.
(4) Enhancing the active participation of men in our efforts to prevent and eradicate violence as well as to overcome stereotypical attitudes and mindsets that leads to GBV.
If all of us can fulfill and advance the provisions of the Convention, we will be able to join forces, on the levels of the individual, organization, community, and country, in eliminating the root of violence toward women. In doing so, the principles and vision behind human rights will be truly realized in our country, ultimately exerting a positive influence on the world and progressing toward a violence-free society that we have envisioned.