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Monday, April 18, 2016
Talk on "Gender Equality in Japan and the Impact of Womenomics"
Sasakawa USA Speaker Series
"Gender Equality in Japan and the Impact of Womenomics"
featuring Ms. Mitsuko Horiuchi, Visiting Professor, Bunkyo Gakuin University and moderated by Dr. Linda Hasunuma, Assistant Professor of Government,
Please join us for a discussion with Ms. Mitsuko Horiuchi on the current state of gender equality in Japan. In this conversation, Ms. Horiuchi will assess the effectiveness of Abe administration's policies including "Womenomics" policies that are designed to bring more women into the workforce, and how they are affecting the role of women in Japan today.
*Lunch will be provided. Seating will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis.
*Please note that the VENUE is different from previous Speaker Series events.
About the Speaker
Ms. Horiuchi currently holds the posts of the President of Kitakushu Forum on Asian Women and Chairperson of Stop Child Labour Network of Japan. She additionally holds other posts of advisers /directorships at a number of public sectors and nonprofit organizations, including chairperson of the Gender Equality Council in Bunkyo city, where she lives. She formerly has held positions as Director of the International Labour Organization (ILO) Office in Japan as well as the ILO Special Regional Advisor on Gender Issues, ILO Assistant Director-General for Asia and the Pacific, Minister of the Permanent Mission of Japan to the United Nations, and Cabinet Counselor and Director in the Prime Minister's Office's Office for Women's Affairs. She has published numerous books and monographs on gender and labour issues. Her most recent work is Towards the Elimination of Child Labour: What We Can Do? which she coauthored and published in 2013 by the Institute of Developing Economies of the Japan External Trade Organization. A monograph on Significance of the UN Beijing World Conference on Women, and Progress and Challenges 20 Years after Beijingwill be published in the Journal of Asian Women's Studies by KFAW in March 2016.