Confronting Equality: Women, Men and Society Conference

Saturday 28th September, 9.30am – 1.15pm
Taipei European School, Primary Campus
99 FuGuo Road, ShiLin District, Taipei 11158

As the culmination of the British Secondary and High School’s Individuals and Societies Week, Taipei European School is proud to host its first ever conference event exploring issues to do with gender and sexuality. The full schedule will be emailed to participants closer to the date and the programme is subject to change. However, to register your attendance, please email: [email protected].

 The activities will include two panel discussions, moderated by TES – BSHS students:

Gender Equality in the Workforce (9.30am – 10.30am)
The first panel will involve people working in international business in Taiwan, joined by Sonya Papps, Head of the British Secondary and High School. The discussion will focus on three main questions:

  • Do men and women face different challenges rising up the corporate ladder?
  • What are the different choices they make?
  • If change is necessary, how can we facilitate change?

Gender Equality in Society (12pm – 1pm)
The second panel will involve three leading academics from the UK and Taiwan, focusing on the cultural practices in Taiwan and around the world which affect gender equality.

  • What is the current legal situation in Taiwan with regard to gender equality?
  • How do culture and traditions impact on gender equality?
  • How can families drive gender equality?

Ahead of the event, participants will be invited to send in questions for discussion, but there will also be open debate around the issues and we welcome everyone to participate. 

Workshops (10.45am – 11.45am)
In between the two discussions, participants will be invited to attend a workshop activity (10.45am – 11.45am). The workshops (participants will be asked to choose one) are:

  • ‘Speak your mind – why your opinions matter’ – a session specifically for High School students, facilitated by Revital Shpangental Golan (founder and CEO of Anemone Ventures) and Sonya Papps
  • ‘Taiwan Pride’ – a history of the Pride movement in Taiwan, led by volunteers from the Tongzhi Hotline Association
  • ‘Mango Meter’ – a session about the feminist film review app, led by Professor Yi-Chien Chen from Shih Hsin University
  • ‘Do you see what I feel?’ – a practical session using role-play to explore the world of difference, led by Pamela Schmunk, Head of Drama in the British Secondary High School (TES)

Please note that activities will be conducted in English.


  • Professor Yi-Chien Chen, Graduate Institute of Gender Studies, Shih Hsin University, Taipei
  • Revital Shpangental Golan, Founder and CEO of Anemone Ventures
  • Freddie Höglund, CEO of the European Chamber of Commerce Taiwan
  • Professor J.J. Hsiao, National Dong Hwa University, Hualien (co-founder of Taiwan Gender Equity Education Association)
  • Jan-Hendrik Meidinger, General Manager, Grand Hyatt Taipei 
  • Professor Carrie Paechter, Director of the Nottingham Centre for Children, Young People and Families, Nottingham Trent University, UK
  • Sonya Papps, Head of the British Secondary and High School, Taipei European School
  • Pamela Schmunk, Head of Drama, British Secondary and High School, Taipei European School
  • Taiwan Tongzhi Hotline Association