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On February 19th, “Political Leadership and Diversity - Global Trends and Japan's Path to Take”
(Friday, February 19, 2016)


As symbolized by so-called “Womenomics”, Japan is currently intensifying its efforts in promoting women’s empowerment. However, women’s participation in politics remains low. The number of female member of the House of Representatives in Japan is only 9.5 % - that is, 119th in the world. The disparity between men and women in politics is very large worldwide - the average rate of female MPs in the world is only 22%.

In light of such condition, Sasakawa Peace Foundation, in collaboration with the International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance (IDEA), began research on the programs and initiatives in place aimed at promoting women’s political participation, and shed light on issues which we face in Japan. In this Symposium, we invited two experts from IDEA on this topic to discuss the theme of “Political Leadership and Diversity - World trends and Japan's path to take”.

The panelists will discuss the initiatives carried out throughout the world which aims at diversifying leadership position in politics, and to create an environment where different opinions are heard. They will also discuss a possible consequence of diversity by classifying political leaders based on sex, age and other elements. This is a very good opportunity to learn about the world democracy and we urge all of you to participate in this Symposium.
On February 19th, “Political Leadership and Diversity - Global Trends and Japan's Path to Take”
Dates & Time
Friday, 19th February 18:00~19:30 (Panel Discussion and Q&A)

2nd Floor Conference Room
The Nippon Zaidan Building 1-2-2 Akasaka, Minato-ku Tokyo 107-8404, Japan(MAP
2nd Floor Conference Room
*This panel discussion is going to be at the venue of the Nippon Foundation Building.

The Sasakawa Peace Foundation
18:00-18:05 Welcome and Introduction:
The Sasakawa Peace Foundation

Panel Discussion

- Ms. Rumbidzai Kandawasvika-Nhundu (The Senior Programme Manager responsible for the Global Programme on Democracy and Gender at the IDEA)
- Ms. Leena Rikkilä Tamang (Regional Director for Asia and Pacific, at the IDEA)

【Commentator】Professor Mari Miura (Professor in School of Law at Sophia University)

【Moderator】 Mr. Jun Kitajima (Senior Researcher at Business Ethics Research Center)

19:00-19:30 Q&A and Discussion
19:30 Closing
Simultaneous interpretation of both English and Japanese
Admission is free. Registration is required.
Should you wish to participate, please fill out the registration form from this page by 17:00 on Thursday, February 18.
* Seating is limited and will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.


Ms. Risa Arai and Mr. Akihiro Ueda
International Program Team
The Sasakawa Peace Foundation

Tel: 03-5157-5136