The 17th Women's Exchange Program Japan-Jordan, Egypt and the Palestinian Territories

February 13, 2006

  1. With the 17th Women's Exchange Program Japan-Jordan, Egypt and the Palestinian territories, a delegation of three leading representatives from the region (President of the General Federation of Jordanian Women, Consultant to the National Council for Childhood and Motherhood in Egypt, and TVET (Technical and Vocational Education and Training) advisor at the Palestinian Ministry of Women's Affairs), is visiting Japan from February 11 (Sat) to 18 (Sat) at the invitation of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Under this year's theme of "Empowerment of Women- Technical and Vocational Education and Training for Women," the program is intended to compile suggestions and recommendations to the efforts of the Government of Japan on technical and vocational education for women with a special attention on literacy campaigns, education and vocational training, which the Government of Japan considers as the priority areas of its assistance to reforms in the Middle East.
  2. During their stay in Japan, the participants will make courtesy calls on Ms. Kuniko Inoguchi, Minister of State for Gender Equality and Social Affairs, Mr. Shintaro Ito, Parliamentary Secretary for Foreign Affairs, and Ms. Akiko Yamanaka, Parliamentary Secretary for Foreign Affairs. They will also hold symposiums in Tokyo and Okayama to make broad exchanges of views on such matters as technical and vocational education toward the empowerment of women.
  3. This exchange program, which has been conducted every year since 1996, is aimed at providing opportunities for women engaged in political decision-making both in Japan and the Middle East (Jordan, Egypt and the Palestinian territories) to exchange views on issues of common interest and to identify tasks and their solutions for improving women's status. This is a follow-up visit to the Japanese delegation's visit to the Middle East in November 2005. Japan has been making efforts to promote women's empowerment as part of its assistance for the development of the Middle East under the "people-oriented" concept.

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