HeForShe IMPACT Champion

Shinzo Abe

Prime Minister

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IMPACT Commitments

Strengthen the partnership with UN Women.

Japan is a steadfast supporter of and partner to UN Women. Since 2013, Japan’s contributions to UN Women have increased tenfold, and this year a new country office opened in Tokyo. Japan will become one of UN Women’s leading contributors, further strengthening this relationship to advance gender equality and women’s empowerment. Japan will work closely with the UN Women Japan Liaison Office to promote UN Women efforts in Japan, and will use its role in the G7 to encourage other leaders to become HeForShe and UN Women supporters.

Enhance leadership and employment opportunities for women in Japan.

With respect to women’s empowerment, important progress has been made in the last two years, including an influx of almost one million women into the labor force, and an increase in women holding executive positions. To accelerate change, Japan commits to a suite of important policies that will empower women to advance their careers. Prime Minister Abe submitted a bill requiring all public sector institutions and companies with more than 301 employees to develop concrete action plans increasing the representation and participation of women. To support working parents, Japan will champion a number of important initiatives, including: increasing the capacity of nursery schools; enhancing child-care leave policies. This comprehensive package of solutions will empower all Japanese women to shine at work, at home and in their communities.

Leverage international aid to empower women and end sexual violence in conflict.

In his address to the UN General Assembly in September 2014, Prime Minister Abe stated Japan’s intention and commitment to make this century the end to human rights violations against women. In 2015 PM Abe has pledged implementation of ODA in excess of US$3B to advance women’s empowerment and gender equality, including a focus on two key issues in conflict zones: enhancing peace and security, and ending sexual violence. Japan will develop a National Action Plan on Women, Peace and Security, in order to implement UN Security Council Resolution 1325 on women, peace, and security.2 Going forward, Japan will also champion this issue abroad, working closely with UN Peacekeeping Operations (PKOs) to protect women in conflict, and emphasizing the centrality of gender equality in the intergovernmental negotiation of the post-2015 development agenda.

1. Government expects to reach the target of increasing the capacity by 200,000 children within two years beginning FY2013; new parental leave policy including fathers and mothers implemented in April 2014 2 Resolution 1325 urges all actors to increase the participation of women and incorporate gender perspectives in all United Nations peace and security efforts. It also calls on all parties to conflict to take special measures to protect women and girls from gender-based violence, particularly rape and other forms of sexual abuse, in situations of armed conflict."