Women's Empowerment and Gender Equality

December 14, 2016
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What’s “WAW!”?

This conference is one of the efforts to achieve 'A Society where Women Shine', continue to be one of the priority issues of Abe Administration. Having many leading figures from all over the world in the conference, we are expecting to have lively discussions on various women's issues including women’s empowerment. WAW! is scheduled to be held as a platform of discussion about women-related issues

Date and Venue (completed)

  • Date:13 (Tue) - 14 (Wed) December, 2016
  • Venue:Grand Prince Hotel New Takanawa (Tokyo) International Convention Center Pamir

WAW!2016 Program

13 December (Tue) Public Forum (15:00~17:30)

Keynote speech Marne Levine, COO of Instagram

  • Keynote speech from Ms. Marne Levine Instagram COO


  • Remark from Mr. Sadayuki Sakakibara
  • Remark from Ms. Yuriko Koike
  • Remark from Ms. Phumzile Mlanmbo-Ngcuka

1st panel discussion "Building peace in society by women"

Awut Deng Acuil, Minister of Gender, Child and Social Welfare of Republic of South Sudan
Marriët Schuurman, NATO Secretary General's Special Representative for Women, Peace and Security

  • WAW! 2016 Panel Discussion “Building Peace in Society by Women”

2nd panel discussion "Women and Sports"

Japanese female Olympians and Paralympians

  • WAW! 2016 Panel Discussion “Sports and Women”

14 December (Wed) High-Level Round Table (10:00~17:30)

Opening session (10:00~11:00)

High level round table (11:15~12:45 / 14:45~16:15)

  • H-1 Developing Capacity of Women and Promoting Their Active Roles in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM)
  • H-2 Promoting Women’s Leadership
  • H-3 Work-Life Management 2.0
  • H-4 Women’s Well-being -Especially Improving Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights-
  • H-5 Participation and Empowerment of Women in Peace and Security

Special sessions

  • AM: Youth Table: Gender Equality from Youth Perspective -Current Situation and Challlenge-
  • PM: Innovation from local communities: Toward Society where Women “Truly” Shine

Closing session (16:30~17:30)

Shine Weeks (closed)

We designated October 1, 2016 to January 31, 2017 as "Shine Weeks"!
We invited those who would be organizing women-related events (any form) which generate movements for "A Society where Women Shine" to register with us to have your events recognized as an official side event for Shine Weeks.

World Assembly for Women: WAW! 2016 Application Form (closed)

Participation as general audience to the Public Forum (13th) and High-Level Round Table (14th) will be accepted.

Press Guidelines (closed)


Gender Mainstreaming Division, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan
TEL: +81-(0)3-3580-3311

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