"Gender Equality as a Global Goal: Where Do We Stand Now?" Lecture Held

On Monday, Feb. 11, 2019, the Consulate General of Japan in Los Angeles and JAPAN HOUSE Los Angeles co-hosted a special presentation entitled, "Gender Equality as a Global Goal: Where Do We Stand Now?" by Asako Osaki, director of the Gender Action Platform.

The audience at JAPAN HOUSE Los Angeles listened intently to Director Osaki, also a visiting professor at Kwansei Gakuin University School of Policy Studies, as she presented on the importance of empowering women and girls globally by developing capacities in health, education as well as their economic independence and political participation. She also noted the importance of gender equality as a contributor to sustainable economic growth.

Professor Osaki also talked about recent developments on women’s empowerment in Japan under Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's leadership. In line with the prime minister's slogan of "Creating a Society Where Women Can Shine", Japan will host the 5th WAW! World Assembly for Women in collaboration with Women 20 (W20), one of the Group of 20 nations engagement groups that will make recommendations to the G20. Osaki also noted Abe's domestic initiatives such legal and policy frameworks to spur the promotion of women in the workplace, as well as their increased political participation.

Professor Osaki also had a discussion with Wendy C. Shiba, a retired attorney and business executive whose career included private practice, academia, government and the private-sector. Ms. Shiba talked about her experiences in the workplace, including times when she was the only woman on the executive board. Ms. Shiba talked about the mentors who had helped nurture her career along the way, while citing the importance of taking a proactive role in sponsoring talented women in the workplace by offering career opportunities for which they may have been overlooked in the past. The evening concluded with a reception, where audience members continued the dialogue about the importance of gender equality.
"Gender Equality as a Global Goal

Gender Equality as a Global Goal

Gender Equality as a Global Goal