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Gender-Balanced Society Project

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. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has been a strong advocate of promoting women’s role in society, particularly in light of the country’s shrinking workforce, and last year passed a law that aimed to increase the ratio of female workers in leadership positions to 30 percent by 2020. That has already spurred many companies into action, and a number of striking initiatives to promote the role of women are now underway.

JCIE’s “Promoting a Gender-Balanced Society” 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. By examining best practices in promoting the role of women both in the United States and Japan, the project will seek to shrink the gender gap in Japan and help create a more diverse, inclusive, and productive society.

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