Political & Security Issues
Women's Empowerment and Gender Equality
February 19, 2014
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
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs, in close cooperation with related Ministries and Agencies as well as Civil Society Organizations (CSOs), is drafting Japan's National Action Plan (NAP) on Women, Peace and Security to implement the United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325 and other relevant instruments.
After Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida expressed Japan's intention to formulate a NAP at the G8 Foreign Ministers' Meeting in April, 2013, the Ministry initiated the process. Upon a strong request from stakeholders including NGOs and academia that the drafting process should be deliberate and inclusive, the Ministry has created a framework in which both the relevant government organizations and CSOs are involved in drafting.