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Chinami Nishimura member of Parliament in Japan
Wednesday, February 24, 2016
This interview was conducted at the 133rd IPU Assembly. 
Monday, December 15, 2014
It’s no secret that women are vastly underrepresented at all levels of government, all across the world. In the UK, there are five women in David Cameron’s cabinet,out of 22 positions, and only 22% of MPs are women. The Global Gender Gap report,...
Friday, December 12, 2014
Megumi Kaneko stood on a podium in front of a poster of herself and dissolved into tears as she urged the mostly-male audience to pick her in this weekend’s Japanese election. In the male-dominated world of Japanese politics, the 36-year-old beauty...
Yuko Obuchi
Wednesday, October 01, 2014
Photo-Ruters/Yya/Shino/Files (Reuters) - With a telegenic presence, powerful ruling party mentors and a talent for avoiding making political enemies, Japan's new trade and industry minister, Yuko Obuchi, may have what it takes to become the country'...
Japanese Government
Saturday, September 06, 2014
Photos-AP and Reuters Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's appointment of a record number of women to his cabinet highlights efforts to power the economy by boosting the female workforce -- but he faces myriad challenges turning that vision into...
Thursday, July 03, 2014
A lawmaker in the Japan Restoration Party was jeered during a meeting at parliament and told by a male lawmaker she “should give birth to a baby.” The incident took place in April when Rep. Sayuri Uenishi was speaking on Japan’s declining population...
Friday, January 31, 2014
Japanese women held a record-high ratio of senior positions in the central government, but at 3 percent, they are still well behind their counterparts in other developed nations, government figures showed Jan. 31. The administration of Prime...
Wednesday, December 04, 2013
While China’s air defense zone issues was topmost on everyone’s mind during United States Vice President Joe Biden’s visit to Japan this week, he also had other agenda on his plate. Together with U.S. ambassador to Japan Caroline Kennedy and U.S....
Thursday, November 28, 2013
Japan's Shinzo Abe on Friday named the country's first ever female aide to the prime minister, just weeks after Caroline Kennedy arrived as the first woman US ambassador to Tokyo, AFP reports. Makiko Yamada, a 53-year-old internal ministry veteran,...
Tuesday, July 16, 2013
24% of the candidates for the upcoming elections for the House of Councillors (upper house) are women. There are currently 44 (18.57%) women members of Japan’s upper house out of a total of 237 seats. Women in Japan did not have the right to vote...
Wednesday, March 20, 2013
Two Japanese women started “All-Japan Obachan Party”, a political party that aims to balance the gender gap and to increase women rights, as well as women’s presence in the government. The party was established six months ago as the result of a...
Wednesday, February 20, 2013
Highlighting news, interviews, resources and events on violence against women in politics
Wednesday, December 26, 2012
Three days before South Korea elected a woman president, Japanese voters significantly reduced the number of women in parliament. As a result of Sunday’s vote, the new lower house will have 38 women, or 7.9% of all lawmakers in that chamber. That’s...
Tuesday, December 18, 2012
The return to power of Japan’s conservative and hard-line Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) on Sunday indicates that voters traded urgently needed social and environmental reforms for traditional male-led leadership, according to analysts here. Youth...
Sunday, November 25, 2012
n next month's general election, politicians — nearly all of them men — will make promises on what they will do to fix the economic morass, but very few of them will mention the role of women in the workforce. The country's problems are well known:...
Sunday, July 15, 2012
Photo credit: Lim Hun-jung/Reuters Many countries in South and South East Asia have been run by females as head of state or head of government, among them India, Bangladesh, Pakistan, the Philippines and Thailand, but no woman has been in charge...
Wednesday, May 30, 2012
Japanese women have less clout in companies and politics than women in other advanced countries, the government said in a report that highlighted the need for steps to help women balance jobs and their personal lives. For more information...
Wednesday, May 30, 2012
When it comes to female participation in politics, Japan lags far behind other nations.If Japan is going to catch up with the countries that boast a high percentage of female politicians, women must create a nationwide movement, according to...
Wednesday, May 30, 2012
There was only one problem. Her Democratic Party had never been in power. In fact, only one party has really been in charge of Japan since the end of World War II. The Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) helped build the world's No. 2 economy, but...
Wednesday, May 30, 2012
The Democratic Party of Japan has promoted women and younger candidates who have not risen through traditional routes to power.The display of hyperactivity was deliberate, and not just because Ms. Kushibuchi is anxious to win every last vote...
Wednesday, May 30, 2012
Japan's parliament will look radically different when it formally elects Hatoyama as prime minister at a special session in the middle of next month. The lower house will contain 158 first-time MPs, just over 90% of them from the DPJ, and a...
Wednesday, May 30, 2012
Japan, according to the Geneva-based Inter-Parliamentary Union, citing a November 2009 survey, ranks 106th among 189 countries in terms of the proportion of female parliamentarians in the House of Representatives. Japan just has 45 women...
Wednesday, May 30, 2012
Since the horrific Mar. 11 earthquake and tsunami that devastated her coastal town of Minato, in Ishinomaki city, Masami Endo’s three-year-old daughter has been crying and clinging to her every night. Endo is very worried about her child. The...
Friday, October 28, 2011
The Asia Pacific Forum on Women, Law and Development (APWLD) will hold the first ever Asia Pacific Feminist Forum (APFF) on 12-14 December 2011 in Chiang Mai, Thailand. This event will bring together 100-150 activists- women lawyers, academics,...
Friday, October 28, 2011
The Asia Pacific Forum on Women, Law and Development (APWLD) will hold the first ever Asia Pacific Feminist Forum (APFF) on 12-14 December 2011 in Chiang Mai, Thailand. The APFF will bring together women activists, lawyers, academics, advocates and...
Sunday, January 25, 2009
This is a collation of case summaries from the Asia Pacific region citing CEDAW, National Constitutions, and other Human Rights instruments protecting equality of rights between men and women.
Saturday, January 24, 2009
This book analyzes the manifestations of fundamentalisms in the Asia-Pacific region and their impact on women as well as on democracy and politics in general. It includes strategies adopted by women’s groups and progressive women’s movements to...
Thursday, February 15, 2007
This report examines how the UNDP/Japan Women in Development Fund has made break-through contributions to the promotion of gender equality and women's empowerment over the last 10 years. Since the Fund positions itself as a unique funding source to...
Thursday, February 15, 2007
This annual report evaluates the progress made by the UNDP/Japan Women in Development Fund to promote gender equality and women's empowerment across the globe. It provides a summary of the Fund's 2003 activities, and highlights global efforts made...