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Training Couese to Promote Gender Equality for Leaders of Women’s Facilities, Groups and Organizations

Outline
Conduct advanced and specialized training to foster acquisition of specialized knowledge, management skills, network skills, etc. required of leaders tasked with actively promoting gender equality in their region.

Targets
・Managerial staff at women’s facilities
・Administrative officers responsible for gender equality
・Leaders of regional groups promoting gender equality, etc.

Schegule
2018.5.23~5.25

Contents of FY 2018
NWEC held a practical training seminar on the theme “How far has gender equality advanced?” for leaders promoting gender equality in communities from May 23 to 25. The seminar attracted 164 participants from all over Japan.

On the first day, Professor Yumiko Ehara (Yokohama National University) gave a keynote address entitled “Steps Toward Gender Equality in Japan and Future Challenges,” during which she discussed the current status of gender equality in Japan as seen from a global viewpoint using the Global Gender Gap Index (GGGI), an international index of the World Economic Forum, and she explained the main reasons for the delay in progress of gender equality in Japan.

At the symposium on the theme “A Look at Gender Equality Today” on the second day of the training, . Asako Osaki, Director of NPO Gender Action Platform, gave an explanation of the GGGI, pointing out that Japan’s ranking was particularly low in political and economic arenas and that progress was slow even compared with developing countries. Professor Mari Miura of Sophia University commented that while various foreign countries had made significant strides since 1995, Japan had shown only modest improvement, and she discussed the process of the establishment of the Act on Promotion of Gender Equality in the Political Field, which came into effect just before this training seminar. Ms. Renge Jibu, a visiting fellow of the Institute of Current Business Studies of Showa Women’s University commented that the ratios of women in managerial positions and professional women were particularly low in business areas. She stated that this was a structural problem as women are the main care providers, and that gender inequality in the family is also a contributing factor.

Following are some of the comments received from participants:
-I was able to learn about gender equality in a systematic manner, from fundamental details to the latest
information and trends.
-I was able to learn not only about viewpoints in Japan but also viewpoints from an international
perspective.

Training Course for Counselors at Women's Facilities

Outline
Training to facilitate the improvement of expertise and skills targeting staff who support women who have been placed in difficult circumstances.

Targets
Individuals involved in counseling services for women's troubles and concerns at women's facilities and private counseling offices

Shedule
2018.6.20~6.22

Contents of FY 2018
The training course, which was held from June 20 to 22, attracted 105 counselors who deal with gender-related issues at gender equality centers, spousal violence counseling and support centers, civil groups and companies all over Japan. The response to our call for applications was more rapid than in regular years, and we had to stop accepting applications much earlier than the advertised closing date. During the training, participants acquired foundation knowledge in counseling including the significance and role of women’s counseling, legal matters, and mental health, as well as how to provide assistance to women contending with problems such as sexual assault and violence due to drugs and alcohol. Participants also deepened their knowledge from a social structural viewpoint with an understanding that difficulties women have to contend with are not simply problems on a personal level but the manifestation of various social issues.

In summing up the training, the chairperson closed the seminar by remarking, “In the course of responding to counseling needs of individuals, social issues became visible in all of the programs. Although solving the problem of the person seeking counseling in front of the counselor is the main task, eliminating prejudice through close contact with relevant institutions, conveying a gender-sensitive viewpoint, and making active efforts to correct social disparity in specific ways are, in essence, the mission of counselors.”

Following are some of the comments received from participants:
-The content of the training was practical and concurred with my needs at work.
-I have been providing counseling while feeling troubled about it every day. I learned a lot from this training, which was taught with care.

Summer School for High and Junior High School Girls 2018

Outline
Hold a residential hands-on science program with the aim of enabling junior and senior high school girls to discover new possibilities for themselves in the fields of science and technology through dialogue and interaction with scientists, engineers and students at science and engineering universities.

Targets
3rd year junior high school girls; senior high school girls with an interest in science and technology

Shedule
2018.8.9~8.11

Contents of FY 2018
The training course, which was held from June 20 to 22, attracted 105 counselors who deal with gender-related issues at gender equality centers, spousal violence counseling and support centers, civil groups and companies all over Japan. The response to our call for applications was more rapid than in regular years, and we had to stop accepting applications much earlier than the advertised closing date. During the training, participants acquired foundation knowledge in counseling including the significance and role of women’s counseling, legal matters, and mental health, as well as how to provide assistance to women contending with problems such as sexual assault and violence due to drugs and alcohol. Participants also deepened their knowledge from a social structural viewpoint with an understanding that difficulties women have to contend with are not simply problems on a personal level but the manifestation of various social issues.

Following are some of the comments received from participants:
-The content of the training was practical and concurred with my needs at work.
-I have been providing counseling while feeling troubled about it every day. I learned a lot from this training, which was taught with care.

Forum on the Promotion of Gender Equality

Outline
Conduct training that will contribute to the resolution of issues such as promotion of women’s participation, support for women’s career building, and work-life balance, and support the promotion of mutual exchange among related groups and institutions.

Targets
Anyone with an interest in gender equality

Schegule
2018.8.30~9.1

Contents of FY 2018
Under the theme “Towards a New Tomorrow: Creating a Supportive Society for Both Men and Women,” the National Women’s Education Center (NWEC) held its regular summer forum on the Promotion of Gender Equality from August 30 to September 1, 2018. Bringing together representatives from government, women’s groups, NPOs, universities and the corporate world who are involved in gender equality, the forum explored ways of sharing issues and approaches to solving problems and promoted efforts to form networks that transcend organizational boundaries. During the three-day forum, total 2,000 people from all over Japan participated.
In the special lecture, Ms. Hiroko Kuniya, Director of Tokyo University of the Arts and newscaster, gave a lecture entitled “Creating a Society Where All Men and Women Can Actively Participate in a Pleasant Living and Working Environment.”

At the symposium, Mr. Hiroshi Abe, President of Megurinowa Co., Ltd., and Ms. Mayu Shono, President of Hapikira Factory Co., Ltd., took the platform to speak on the topic “Approach to a New Way of Life: Work Style x Level of Happiness.”

On the final day of the program, we also hosted the “Multigenerational World Café.”
The program began with presentations from four university students on social issues that they are studying and actively involved in on a regular basis.
This was followed by small group discussions with participants of various generations around tables.
With participants raising questions and issues that they regularly ponder, the café provided a venue for dialogue for exploring new possibilities about how people across generations can work together.

On the final day of the program, we also hosted the “Multigenerational World Café.”
The program began with presentations from four university students on social issues that they are studying and actively involved in on a regular basis.
This was followed by small group discussions with participants of various generations around tables.
With participants raising questions and issues that they regularly ponder, the café provided a venue for dialogue for exploring new possibilities about how people across generations can work together.

Seminar to Promote Women’s Activities that Lead to Corporate Growth

Outline
Conduct training for managerial staff, staff responsible for managing human resources and team leaders with a view to promoting women’s participation and gender equality in companies.

Targets
Managerial-level staff, team leaders and leaders of corporate diversity promotion (promotion of women’s participation)

Schegule
2018.10.17~10.18

Contents of FY 2017
NWEC held the above titled seminar for promoters of diversity in companies (promotion of women’s participation), managerial-level staff, and leaders on October 19 and 20, 2017. The seminar was attended by more than 100 individuals from all over Japan including managers, officers and other representatives from private companies, independent administrative institutions and local governments.

Feedback in the seminar from participants include the following comments:
-This seminar not only provided me with material to think about for future human resource training but also served as a useful reference for my own personal issues.
-It was a very meaningful seminar in that I could share problems and views with people of various business sectors, and it was a very rewarding session.
-Through the action learning, I became aware of my company’s problems and various other aspects.

NWEC Anniversary Week

Outline
We will conduct various cultural programs and others and provide a place for learning.

Schegule
2018.11.12~11.16

Gender Equality Training for Teachers and Staff

Outline
Training on basic principles of gender equality and contemporary issues which schools, families, and teachers and staff themselves contend with from the perspective of gender equality.

Targets
Teachers and staff engaged in teaching and other educational activities at elementary, junior high and high schools

Schedule
2018.11.29~11.30

Contents of FY 2017
NWEC held the above training course for one night and two days from January 6 to 7, 2018 for teachers and staff engaged in teaching and other educational activities at elementary, junior high and high schools. The purpose of the program was to clarify the basic principles of gender equality, identify contemporary issues which schools, families, and teachers and staff themselves contend with from the perspective of gender equality, and deepen the understanding of these. The seminar was attended by 33 participants.
The seminar also included the provision of information on LGBT. During the information exchange session on the evening of the first day, participants from all over Japan gathered around Ms. Rie Nakamitsu, Vice Principal of Chiba Prefecture Kashiwa City Nishihara Elementary School, who conducts training for teachers and school staff regarding the treatment of students with LGBT issues and awareness of their human rights, and exchanged information and ideas.

Learning Organizer Development Training

Outline
Training on the basic principles of gender equality and the significance of its initiatives, organizing community situations, and know-how for project implementation including learning methods and evaluation viewpoints.

Targets
Persons responsible for projects concerning training/learning, women’s career development, and the promotion of active participation of women

Schegule
2018.12.12~12.14

Contents of FY 2017
NWEC held the above titled seminar from January 18 to January 20, 2018 with the participation of 38 trainees, many of whom will conduct gender equality seminars at women’s centers and local governments in various locations throughout Japan. This year’s seminar, which centered on the theme “Community Building from Perspective of Gender Equality,” provided human resource training that will enable Learning organizers to effectively implement and deliver systematic study programs.

Feedback on the seminar from participants include the following comments:
-The seminar included a wide range of content, from the basis of gender equality to preparing program designs that can be put into practical use. I learned a lot.
-I was deeply impressed by the powerful lectures of the teachers and, as an individual, I felt empowered and that I developed my skills.

Seminar on Career Building for Women University Students

Outline
An opportunity to learn about women's career paths in order to promote gender equality and train women leaders who will support communities and organizations in the future.

Targets
Women university students

Schegule
2018.2.16~2.17

Contents of FY 2017
From February 18 to 19, 2017, the National Women’s Education Center (NWEC) co-hosted a two-day seminar with Leadership 111 on the theme “Thinking about your career is thinking about your life.” With 35 women students in attendance, this event marked the fourth seminar of the year as part of NWEC’s unique career building program.
,some of the impressions of the program expressed by students were as follows:
・Listening to others’ views and engaging in discussions with each other about our uncertainty of the future was a valuable experience.
・There were students in the same circumstances, students in different circumstances, from universities in various regions. It gave me the opportunity to take a look at myself and to become familiar with new ideas.
・I was able to establish a new network of people who are already working in various fields as well as students. I will continue to value these connections.

e-learning / Online distribution

・Net distribution of learning program(e-learning )

NWEC launched an online course it produced in partnership with the Open University of Japan in April 2016.
Because participants can proceed with their studies at their own pace, it is suitable for a variety of people including working women raising kids, single women who are currently employed, women who are already in established careers but who are thinking about life after retirement, men with female subordinates, and men whose wives have taken childcare leave. Feedback from participants included comments such as “Learning about various women’s lives and choices proved a good opportunity for me to think about my own future career,” “It was great to be able to engage in information exchange with other participants, something that hadn’t been possible hereto with radio and TV-based courses,” and “I learned where I can get information.”

・NWEC CHANNEL(You Tube)

Women’s Archives Center Special Exhibition Women’s Archives Center 10th Anniversary Exhibition - Inheriting the legacy of women’s progress and achievements-

The NWEC Women’s Archives Center is the only institution in Japan with the name bearing the words “Women’s Archives.” The center’s activities are motivated by the idea of bringing to the fore the history of women in society by unearthing materials buried in past society and creating “women’s archives” as a new classification.

NWEC is holding the Women’s Archives Center 10th Anniversary Exhibition entitled “Inheriting the legacy of women’s progress and achievements” from January 26 to September 9 in the exhibition room of the Women’s Archives Center on the ground floor of the main building. On display are materials related to gender equality that have been collected by NWEC to date.

For example, “The Women’s News, Japan,” a collection of photographs featured in news coverage, consists of 35,000 photographs collected by reporters as newsworthy material for publication in Japan’s first nationwide newspaper for women by women, published by the Zenkoku Fujin Shinbunsha from 1970 to 2006. This exhibition allows visitors to read the annals of the activities of the women who produced a publication several decades ago on their own at a time when there were very limited means by which women in Japan could disseminate information independently.

The “Mumeo Oku Collection” features various artifacts such as the election campaign sash, election posters, and the certificate of election of Mumeo Oku, who became one of Japan’s women parliamentarians in 1947 in an election where Japanese women were allowed to vote for the first time after the Second World War.

NWEC hopes that these valuable materials, generously contributed by women’s organizations and individuals, will impart to visitors a feeling for the activities of these women of the past, and an understanding of how today’s women have inherited these.

This exhibition will also simultaneously feature a mini exhibition, “Women’s Education in the Meiji Period,” as a government measure commemorating the 150th anniversary of the commencement of the Meiji era. In addition to its own archive materials, NWEC has leased materials from Nagoya University’s Gender Research Library and the Tokyo Metropolitan Central Library, and will exhibit various artifacts from the Meiji period including magazines, school textbooks, and sugoroku, a Japanese game of dice. Visitors will be able to get a glimpse of what life was like in the Meiji Era when female students were simultaneously learning lessons in traditional etiquette passed down from the Edo period and Western studies introduced after the Meiji Restoration.