Women's Empowerment and Gender Equality

May 16, 2018
Photograph of the Prime Minister attending
a commemorative photograph session
(Photo: Cabinet Public Relations Office)
World Assembly for Women: WAW! 2017
World Assembly for Women: WAW! 2017

What’s New


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

  • Date: November 1 (Wed) - 3 (Fri), 2017
  • Venue: Tokyo Prince Hotel (3-3-1 Shiba-koen, Minato-ku, Tokyo)

WAW! 2017 Program (As of November 1)

November 1 (Wed) Keynote speeches / Panel Discussion etc. (15:00~17:40)

Keynote speeches

Kristalina Georgieva

Kristalina Georgieva, Chief Executive Officer for the World Bank

Lakshmi Puri

Lakshmi Puri,
Deputy Executive Director, UN Women

Panel Discussion “Women and Entrepreneurship”

Kathy Matsui, Vice Chair at Goldman Sachs Japan Co., Ltd., Chief Japan Equity Strategist, Co-head of Asia Macro Research (Moderator)
Arancha González, Executive Director, International Trade Centre (ITC)
Shinichi Kitaoka, President, Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA)
Susi Pudjiastuti, Maritime Affairs & Fisheries Minister, Republic of Indonesia

Video Message

Melinda Ann Gates, Co-founder of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation


Haruno Yoshida

Haruno Yoshida, CEO BT Japan Corporation / Vice Chair of the Board of Councillors of Keidanren

Thursday, November 2:High-Level Round Tables / Special Sessions (9:30-17:30)

Plenary Remarks (9:30-10:00)

Gurbangul Geldievna Bayramova

Gurbangul Geldievna Bayramova, Chairman of the Turkmenistan Women Union

Fumiko Hayashi

Fumiko Hayashi, Mayor of Yokohama

High-Level Round Tables (10:45~12:45)

H-1 Effort to Achieve SDGs for Gender Mainstreaming in Enterprises
  • Sachiyo Onishi, Professor, College of Law, Ritsumeikan University, Kyoto
  • Miwa Kato, Asia Pacific Regional Director, UN Women
  • Sarah L. Casanova, Representative Director, President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO), McDonald's Holdings Company (Japan), Ltd. (Canada)
  • Arancha González, Executive Director, International Trade Centre (ITC) (Spain)
  • Shoji Ito, Director, Managing Executive Officer, Sompo Japan Nipponkoa Insurance Inc.
  • Kathy Matsui, Vice Chair at Goldman Sachs Japan Co., Ltd., Chief Japan Equity Strategist, Co-head of Asia Macro Research (US)
  • Keiko Takegawa, Director General for Gender Equality Bureau, Cabinet Office of Japan
  • Masahiko Uotani, President & Group CEO Shiseido Co., Ltd
H-2 Technology Transformation and Women’s Education
  • Akiko Nakajo, Director, YouTube Partnerships, Japan / Director, Google Japan G.K.
  • Iris Wieczorek, President IRIS (International Relations in Science) Science Management Inc. / Japan Representative Leibniz Association /Senior Researeher, GIGA (German Institute of Global and Area Studies) (Germany)
  • Reiko Kuroda, Professor, Tokyo University of Science
  • Yumiko Murakami, Head of OECD Tokyo Centre
  • Hideaki Omiya, Chairman of the Board, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd.
  • Aurora Simionescu, Associate Professor, JAXA (Romania)
  • Emi Tamaki, Co-Founder, H2L Inc. / PREST Researcher, Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST) / Associate Professor, Waseda University
  • Natasha Zulkifli, Founder & Leader of Women in Rail Malaysia / Executive Vice President of Prasarana Group (Malaysia)
H-3 How to Redistribute the Unpaid Work
  • Asako Osaki, Visiting Professor, Kwansei Gakuin University
  • Lotta Sylwander, Representative, UNICEF Philippines (Swenden)
  • Gurbangul Geldievna Bayramova, Chairperson of the Turkmenistan Worner Union, Chairperson of Turkmenistan Trade Union Centre (Turkmenistan)
  • Florencia Micaela Caro Sachetti, Cordinator of CIPPEC’s Social Protection Program (Argentina)
  • Shungo Koreeda, Researcher, Daiwa Institute of Research Ltd.
  • Hironobu Narisawa, Bunkyo City Mayor
  • Ayako Ohta, Leader, Founder of Association of ‘Sales Department Girls Section’
  • Noriko Sakakibara, Senior Research Fellow, Yomiuri Research Institute, The Yomiuri Shimbun
  • Nena Stoiljkovic, Vice President, International Finance Corporation (Serbia)
  • Yusuke Yamamoto, Brand Marketing Manager, Womenwill Project lead, Google Japan
H-4 Women, Peace and Security - Closing the Policy and Implementation Gaps –
  • Yoriko Meguro, Professor Emeritus of Sophia University, Tokyo / Chairperson of the Evaluation Committee of the National Action Plan on Women, Peace and Security
  • Boris Michel, Regional Director for Asia and the Pacific at International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) (Switzerland)
  • Hiroko Akizuki, Professor, Asia University
  • Sumie Ishii, Chairperson, Japanese Organization for International Cooperation in Family Planning (JOICFP)
  • Pramila Patten, UN Under-Secretary-General and Special Representative of the Secretary-General, on Sexual Violence in Conflict (Mauritius)
  • Rumiko Seya, President, Japan Center for Conflict Prevention
  • Akiko Yuge, Professor at Hosei University

High-Level Round Table & Special Sessions (14:45~16:15)

H-5 Women in Media
  • Renge Jibu, Researcher, Showa Women’s University
  • Hiroshi Yamaguchi, Professor, Faculty of Global Media Studies, Komazawa University
  • Nami Abe, Chief Newscaster, Editorial Bureau, Nikkei Inc.
  • Nahid Bashatah, Journalist at Al-Jazirah newspaper (Saudi Arabia)
  • Sayuri Daimon, Executive Operating Officer & Managing Editor, The Japan Times Ltd.
  • Tetsuya Honda, Managing Director, CEO, BlueCurrent Japan Inc.
  • Ursula Hyzy, Tokyo Bureau Chief, Agence France-Presse (AFP) (France)
  • Ellana Lee, Senior Vice President & Managing Editor, CNN International (US)
  • Rui Matsukawa, Member of the House of Councillors
S-1 The Future of Women’s Empowerment from the Youth Perspective
  • Hinae Niori, President of manma
  • Kosuke Furui, Mr. POTETO HEAD (POTETO: Political Telecommunication Tower)
  • Kaoru Yokono, Head of the Japanese Delegation at G7 Youth Summit (Y7)2016, Member of G7/G20 Youth Japan
  • Trinh Doan, Founder and President of the Global Leadership Incubator, Student of Toyo University (Vietnam)
  • Tomoko Kaji, Head of RIN, Student of Advanced Science and Engineering,Waseda University
  • Kosuke Kita, Director of Japan All Student Corporate Association
S-2 Gender Equality and Promoting Resilience to Natural Hazards
  • Akiko Yamanaka, Senior Diplomatic Fellow, Central Asia Forum,Cambridge University
  • Gwendolyn Pang, Head of Country Cluster Support Team for China, Japan, Republic of Korea and Mongolia, the International Federation of Red cross and Red Crescent Societies (Philippines)
  • Teru Fukui, Member of the House of Representatives
  • Mieko Ishii, Associate Professor, Department of Nursing, Tokyo Healthcare University
  • Yasuki Kaibori, Director General for Disaster Management, Cabinet Office of Japan
  • Yuki Matsuoka, Head, UNISDR Office in Japan
  • Lakshmi Puri, Deputy Executive Director, UN Women (India)

Plenary (16:30~17:30)

Friday, November 3: Special Event: Women’s Empowerment / Closing Session (8:30~11:10)

Opening Remark

Special Speech

Ivanka Trump

Ivanka Trump, Advisor to the President, US

Keynote Speeches

Kristalina Georgieva

Kristalina Georgieva, Chief Executive Officer for the World Bank

Panel Discussion: Supporting Women Entrepreneurs

  • Kathy Matsui, Vice Chair, Goldman Sachs Japan Co., Ltd
  • Miyoung Lee, CEO of Fair Trade (Korea)
  • Kaori Sasaki, Founder & CEO of UNICAL International, Inc., Founder &CEO of ewomen, Inc. (Japan)
  • Nena Stoiljkovic, Vice President of Blended Finance and Partnerships, International Finance Corporation
  • Susi Pudjiastuti, Minister of Marine Affairs and Fisheries of the Republic of Indonesia (Indonesia)
  • Patricia Veringa-Gieskes, Founder and CEO of The Job Factory, Board member of FEC (Democratic Republic of the Congo)
  • Rika Yajima, CEO and Creative Director of aeru (Japan)

Closing Session


Maria Elena Boschi

Maria Elena Boschi, Undersecretary of State, Presidency of the Council of Ministers of Italy (Italy)

Keiko Honda

Keiko Honda, Executive Vice President and Chief Executive Officer Multilateral of Investment Guarantee Agency (MIGA), World Bank Group

World Assembly for Women: WAW! 2017 Application Form (closed)

Shine Weeks (closed)

We designated September 7, 2017 to January 31, 2018 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.

WAW! 2016

Press Guidelines (closed)

Deadline: October 26 (Thursday)


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

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