Women's Empowerment and Gender Equality
September 30, 2015
Toward a society in which all women shine
As Prime Minister Shinzo Abe clearly stated in his address at the Sixty-Eighth Session of the General Assembly of the United Nations on 26 September, 2013, the Government of Japan will cultivate the power of women as the greatest potential for the growth of the Japanese economy, and further strengthen cooperation with the international community as well as assistance to developing countries with the belief that creating "a society in which women shine" will bring vigor to the world.
National Action Plan on Women, Peace and Security
1. Establishment of the National Action Plan
Japan has completed its National Action Plan to implement United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325 (the first United Nations Security Council Resolution specifically connected to issues of women and peace & security). On 29 September, at the United Nations General Assembly in New York, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe announced the completion of Japan's National Action Plan on Women, Peace and Security.
2. Drafting Process
After Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida expressed Japan's intention to formulate a National Action Plan at the G8 Foreign Ministers' Meeting in April 2013, in consultation with related Ministries and Agencies, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs initiated the process. The Ministry worked on the drafting process of the National Action Plan, in coordination with civil society, such as NGOs and experts.