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As gender equality has been an issue recently not only in Japan but in almost every part of the world, several seminars and forum are scheduled in the coming weeks.    This week, there will be the one focusing on Women in Public Office organized by the Netherlands Embassy where I am invited to moderate the panel.

Here are the details (I realize it is this coming Friday, so it is a bit of short notice!).

Women in Public Office – Showing the Way to a Better Work-Life Balance?

A seminar about the promotion of gender equality

Date: 27 September

Time: 14.30 – 18.00 hrs.

Place: Kikai Shinko Kaikan, 3-5-8 Shiba-koen, Minato-ku, Tokyo 105-0011 (seminar)

Program:

14.30 – 14.40 hrs.:            Introductions

14.40 – 15.40 hrs.:            Key-Note Speakers’ Presentations

15.40 – 16.10 hrs.:            Respondents’ Reactions

16.10 – 17.00 hrs.:            Q&A

Key-note Speakers:

Ms. Annemarie Jorritsma, Mayor of Almere (since 2003), President, Netherlands Association of Municipalities (VNG), Formerly Vice Prime-Minister and Minister of Economic Affairs (1998-2002) and Transportation, Public Works and Water Management (1994-1998)

Ms. Yuriko Koike, Member of Parliament (Liberal Democratic Party), Formerly Minister of the Environment and Minister in Charge of Global Environmental Problems (2003-2005), Special Adviser to the Prime-Minister on National Security Affairs (2006), Minister of Defense (2007)

Ms. Emiko Okuyama, Mayor of Sendai (2009, reelected in August 2013), Vice-Mayor of Sendai (2007-2009), Head of the Board of Education of Sendai (2005-2007)

Respondent:

Ms. Kaori Sasaki, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, ewoman, Inc.

Ms. Marjet Andriesse, Vice President and Board Member of Randstad Japan

Moderator:

Yoko Ishikura, Professor, Graduate School of Media Design, Keio University

Goals and scope:

Of all OECD member countries Japan scores worst in almost all categories concerning gender equality. The current Abe government recognizes the need to tap the potential of the female workforce in its bid to revive the Japanese economy and set it on a sustainable course. How to forge change? Where to begin? Is it about empowering women, or does it go deeper and touch on the traditional roles of men and women, husbands and wives and fathers and mothers? Do women currently holding public office have an extra responsibility to move the debate forward? Or even to show what can be done?

This seminar hopes to further the debate on gender equality in Japan and maybe even come up with concrete proposals in that regard. The key-note speakers are well-known women who hold high level public offices in their respective countries. They will share their experiences as working women and their ideas for promoting gender equality. A panel of renowned experts will be asked to provide comments.

If you are interested, please register by sending email to tok-pa@minbuza.nl .

Hope to see many of you there!

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