Empowering Women Leaders
As globalization progresses, the world has become increasingly aware of the wide gaps that exist in women’s ability to fully participate in their respective societies. Even among advanced democracies, the degree to which women hold key leadership roles in the business, government, or intellectual spheres varies greatly. But at the same time, there is a growing recognition that diversity—including gender diversity—is the key to fully unlocking the creativity and competitiveness of a given society.
JCIE’s Empowering Women Leaders project is drawing on JCIE’s global perspective and broad networks to carry out a unique series of exchanges and dialogues that include representatives from the political, governmental, economic, intellectual, and NGO sectors. The program aims to provide opportunities and strengthen the capacity of women leaders to participate in international dialogues, to build networks among women leaders, and to share lessons learned in each country on ways to encourage fuller participation by women in the policymaking process.
The program has had a significant knock-on effect to date. The 2017 Diet delegation and dialogue led to the creation of a Diet caucus to support young mothers and fathers in the legislature as well as the launch of JCIE’s foreign policy study group for women Diet members. And after a 2019 session of our study group addressed Japan’s immigration policy, it led to the launch of a new Diet study group specifically focused on that issue.