Taipei, April 18 (CNA) Vice President Chen Chien-jen (陳建仁) emphasized the importance of gender equality during a meeting Tuesday in Taipei with Bruce Knotts, chair of the Executive Committee of Non-governmental Organizations Associated with the U.N. Department of Public Information.
Agreeing with Knotts on the importance of gender equality, which he emphasized in a recent interview, Chen said the Taiwanese government shares the same viewpoint.
"It is an issue about which we are highly concerned," Chen told Knotts, who was invited by the World League for Freedom and Democracy to address his views on freedom and democracy in a forum the previous day.
While the Taiwanese public is divided on the issue of same-sex marriage, which has been one of the main disputes in society over the past few months, Chen said he believes that the Taiwanese people will be wise enough to resolve their differences.
He also urged Taiwanese to learn from Knotts' committee to develop constructive dialogue on gender equality, as the country is heading toward legalization of same-sex marriages.
"We have the wisdom to handle conflicts with rationality and communication, which will allow everybody to pursue love and happiness freely," Chen said.
(By Sophia Yeh and Lee Hsin-Yin)