5th WAW!/ W20
February 19, 2019
The next WAW! will be held in March 2019 in collaboration with Women 20 (W20), one of the G20 engagement groups established to make recommendations to G20. We expect to promote the movement of enhancing women’s empowerment in both Japan and the world while highlighting the great collaboration with the W20 on that occasion.
Message by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe
The World Assembly for Women (WAW!) is Japan's initiative aiming at realizing "the society where women shine". This year, the WAW! marks the fifth year since its commencement.
We'll make this year's WAW! a special one. As Japan is serving as Presidency of G20 this year, it will be held concurrently with W20, one of the engagement groups of G20.
We will welcome Ms. Malala Yousafzai, the Nobel Peace Prize laureate for 2014, as a keynote speaker of this special WAW!/W20. Ms.Malala has appealed for the importance of education for girls. Though being targeted by an anti-government organization, with the support of her family members and others, she has never given up advocating that “one book and one pen can change the world”. This is a powerful message. Each person opens up their potentials with his/her own will. That serves as the impetus to change the world.
To commemorate the fifth year of the WAW!, we will invite female foreign ministers from all over the world for the first time and youth representatives will participate in each session to convey their messages of the future generation. Distinguished guests from the world and the international organizations including H.E. Ms. Michelle Bachelet Jeria, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, will also be speaking at the conference.
The grand theme for this year's WAW! is "WAW! for Diversity". Diversity is recognized and everyone can fully use his/her ability. That's the new future we are aiming for. Each and every one of you are the player for such a new future.
Let's collect the wisdom from everyone regardless of sex or age, and draw a dream for a better society. Please come and listen to live messages from Ms.Malala and other wonderful guests.
Let's change the world from WAW! and W20, and let's work together to materialize our vision. To realize "the world where women shine"!
Date: March 23 (Sat) - 24 (Sun), 2019
Venue: Hotel New Otani Tokyo
5th WAW!/W20 Application Form
We accept applications of general audience for 5th WAW!/W20 to be held on March 23 to 24 until March 15 (Friday), 6:00 PM. *Application will be closed if the capacity of the venue reaches its maximum.
Please bring the printed confirmation e-mail and photo identification on the days of 5th WAW!/W20.
Press Guideline (coming soon)
5th WAW! / W20 Program
Day 1: Saturday, March 23
|9:30-10:00||Opening Speech, Delivery of the 2019 W20 Communiqué|
|11:00-12:30||Panel Discussion: "Human Resource Development in a Changing Society with Technology Transformation (tentative)"|
|13:45-15:00||WAW! Panel Discussion: "Leadership for Rural Development and Job Creation (tentative)"|
|15:05-16:20||W20 Panel Discussion 1: "Closing the Gender Gap for New Prosperity: Enhancing Governance for Women's Empowerment (tentative)"|
|16:40-18:00||High-Level Panel Discussion Sessions|
|WAW! High-Level Panel Discussion 1||"Media and Contents to Nurture Diversity (tentative)"|
|WAW! High-Level Panel Discussion 2||"Women’s Participation in Conflict Prevention, Peace Building and Reconstruction (tentative)"|
|W20 High-Level Panel Discussion 1||"Creation of Value by Women Entrepreneurs (tentative)"|
|W20 Special Session 1||"Gender Lens Investing (tentative)"|
Day 2: Sunday, March 24
|9:30-10:50||High-Level Panel Discussion Sessions|
|WAW! High-Level Panel Discussion 3||"Diversity for the Sake of Growth: Corporate Management and Working Environment (tentative)"|
|WAW! High-Level Panel Discussion 4||"Future of Family: Getting Support, Utilizing and Sharing (tentative)"|
|W20 High-Level Panel Discussion 2||"Gender Equity in the Digital Era (tentative)"|
|W20 Special Session 2||"Women and Healthcare (tentative)"|
|11:10-12:25||W20 Panel Discussion 2: "Closing the Gender Gap in Labor (tentative)"|
|12:30-13:30||Panel Discussion among Foreign Ministers, Wrap up and Closing Remarks
For the details; Please refer to the PDF file.
We designate January 23, 2019 to May 24, 2019 as "Shine Weeks"! We invite events (any form) which suite the objectives of WAW!/W20 to be registered as official side events for Shine Weeks.
(Notes) If anyone who would like to attend official side events, please contact each organizer.
Gender Mainstreaming Division, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan