International Conference on Empowering Women

International Conference on Empowering Women

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To mark the occasion of Spain’s Presidency of the European Union, this seminar emphasizes the opportunity for a dialogue between Europe and Japan in the area of women empowerment. Political, legal, economic, and cultural aspects will be considered.


Panel I: Equality through Reform

10:00-11:15 This session reflects on specific policies and reforms implemented in Europe and Japan to empower women. Panellists will address the incentives to make such reforms, their content and their effectiveness.

Moderator: Carmen Pérez-Fragero, Secretary General, Instituto Cervantes.
Panellists: Soledad Murillo de la Vega, Sociology Professor at Universidad de Salamanca and member of the United Nations Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women, Ina Brouwer, President of the Dutch Childcare sector and former Director of Emancipation Policy and MP in the Netherlands, German lawyer Regina Frey, founder of Genderbuero, and Takashi Kashima, Professor of Jissen Women’s University and member of Japan’s Council for Gender Equality.

Panel II: The Economic Case of Empowering Women

11:45-13:00 This session, focusing on economy and the workplace, will cover areas such as creating opportunities for women in the workforce, competitive advantages for companies and society, as well as demographic trends such as aging populations and declining birth rates.

Moderator: Henry Tricks,Tokyo Bureau Chief of The Economist.
Panellists: Sakie T. Fukushima, Chairman & Representative Director-Japan, Korn/Ferry International Japan, Miyuki Takahashi, General Manager of Nissan’s Diversity and Development Office, Toshiaki Tachibanaki, Professor of Doshisha University and Johan Petter Tutturen, Country Manager of the Norwegian company DNV in Japan.
Lunch break

Panel III: Empowering Women, Empowering Society

14:30-15:45 This session brings together international experts on child-care, education and community development to discuss innovative ideas to empower society by maximizing collaboration by both men and women to achieve social progress and personal fulfilment.

Moderator: Kumi Fujisawa, Vice-President of Think Tank SophiaBank.
Panellists: Tetsuya Ando, President of NPO Fathering Japan, Jolanda Holwerda, founding editor of Dutch platform for working mothers Lof Magazine, and Norwigean CEO Gry Wigre, from Onmii.

Roundtable discussion

15:45-17:00 All panellists will be invited to participate in the roundtable, where conclusions will be drawn.
Particepants' Biografies (PDF:40KB)
Moderator: Rosa M. Molló, Asia-Pacific Correspondent for Television Española.

A joint collaboration between Instituto Cervantes and Japan Foundation, in partnership with the Spanish Embassy, the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, the Royal Norwegian Embassy, Friedrich-Ebert Foundation, 85 Broads and Nikkei Inc. With support from the Association for Corporate Support of the Arts.

Date & Time Saturday 12th June, 9:30-17:0
Venue Instituto Cervantes Auditorium (BF1)
Address: Instituto Cervantes, 2-9, Rokubancho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 102-0085
Metro: Kojimachi, Yotsuya, Ichigaya. Tel. +81 3 5210-1705
Languages simultaneous interpretation in Japanese, English and Spanish
Admission Fee Free (150 Maximum Capacity)
Registration Free entry. RSVP required to E-mail Reservations will be taken for morning sessions, afternoon sessions and all day. See programme.
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