As part of its efforts to promote Face Equality, Sunshine Foundation stopped in Tainan City on April 15 to hold a press conference with the Tainan City government. During the event, Mayor HUANG Wei-Che not only pledged Tainan's support for Face Equality, but also announced that Tainan will no longer require prospective employees to include a photograph with their resume, thus becoming the first city in the nation to do so.
The event in Tainan was part of the Island Tour project launched by Sunshine in 2018 to promote Face Equality across Taiwan. The goal of the Island Tour is to have cities and counties across Taiwan pledge their support for Face Equality and initiate concrete actions to prevent appearance-based discrimination.
Tainan City Mayor HUANG Wei-Che signs pledge to support Face Equality
Appearance-based discrimination affects employment opportunities
Burn survivors and people with facial disfigurement often have to deal with unfair treatment and are denied opportunities because of their different appearance. One area where this happens is when they look for a job. In Taiwan, job applicants are required to attach a photo with their resume, and resumes without photos are often rejected. This opens up the possibility of appearance bias. The talents and abilities of job applicants who look different might be overlooked by recruiters who can't see beyond the photo on the resume, and they're immediately denied the opportunity to have a formal job interview. One of the concrete Face Equality actions promoted by Sunshine is to stop the practice of requiring a resume with photo.
Tainan City government agencies and schools will support Face Equality
Tainan takes action to create a fair and friendly environment
Tainan City has pledged to support Face Equality, with every government agencies and public schools participating in the campaign. Mayor HUANG went a step forward by also pledging that Tainan City government will no longer require prospective employees to include a photo with their resume. Although this is already common practice in the UK, US and Canada, Tainan becomes the first city in Taiwan do so. Mayor HUANG says: "Face Equality is a basic human right and no one should be judged based on how they look. This kind of bias won't disappear overnight, but we can take concrete steps to fight appearance-based discrimination." The new "resume without photo" policy will be implemented in the city's government agencies but Mayor HUANG hopes to also collaborate with local businesses and encourage them to join this movement.
Mayor HUANG Wei-Che says Face Equality is a basic human right
It's not about special treatment, it's simply about having equal opportunities
Li-Hui was born with hemangioma on her face. In school, she was often teased and called names by classmates, but her family always supported her and made her feel she wasn't different from other people. This gave her the confidence to pursue her dreams and interests. Through the employment services of Sunshine, she found a job that she likes. It wasn't because of any special treatment. It's simply because her employer gave her an interview opportunity, and just like anyone else, she was able to demonstrate her abilities and convince her employer of her skills and talents. She says: "People with facial disfigurement have distinctive physical characteristics that make them look different, but these characteristics don't affect a person's abilities." When they are given equal opportunities, people with facial disfigurement can show what they're capable of.
Li-Hui was able to show her abilities and talent during a job interview
As Sunshine continues its Island Tour and gets ready for Face Equality Day on May 17, we hope that more cities and counties across Taiwan will join the "resume without photo" movement.In the news:
Tainan to stop requiring resume photo, Taipei Times, April 17, 2019
Photos No Longer Required with CVs for Tainan Gov't Jobs, Public Television Service, April 16, 2019