25.05.2021

Panel Discussion “Gender (In-)Equality in Japan and Germany”

Gender equality is a human right, but Japan and Germany are still facing a gap when it comes to opportunities for women and men. Equal pay remains a challenging issue, and many women still find it difficult to combine a career with family life. In this panel discussion, experts from academia, politics and economy will talk about the current situation in Japan and Germany, and think about ways how to create equal opportunities for women and men.

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Despite various efforts to promote gender equality, Japan and Germany are still facing substantial challenges in this important field of social policy.

According to the World Economic Forum’s Global Gender Gap Report 2021, Japan ranks 120 out of 156 countries, while Germany ranks overall 11th, but shows deficits in the categories “Economic Participation and Opportunity” and “Educational Attainment.” Japan’s main problems lie in the sectors “Political Empowerment” and “Economic Participation.”

In both countries, equal pay remains a particularly challenging issue; in Germany, average income of women is 18 percent lower than those of male workers. Many women in Japan as well as Germany still find it difficult to have kids and a career, as they shoulder the larger chunk of family duties.

Both societies, however, are becoming increasingly sensitive to women’s issues and apart from governments, many NGOs as well as expert groups have been launched that lobby for more equal opportunities for women and provide consultation and other forms of support.

To discuss these topics, the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung (FES), the German Embassy in Tokyo and the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Natur- und Völkerkunde Ostasiens (OAG) will host a panel discussion with experts from Japan and Germany, covering the spectrum of academia, politics and economy.

 

Date: 2 Juni 2021

Time: 18:30 pm - 20:00 pm (JST)

    10:30 am - 12:00 am (GMT/UTC +1)

Language: English with simultaneous translation in Japanese

 

Venue: Online Streaming

English: https://youtu.be/F6ZBvLzFToQ

Japanese: https://youtu.be/MATR0QSp8E8

 

Organized by: Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung (FES) Tokyo Office, German Embassy in Tokyo and Deutsche Gesellschaft für Natur- und Völkerkunde Ostasiens (OAG)

Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung
Japan Office

〒107-0052 東京都港区
赤坂7-5-56
ドイツ文化会館410

+03 6277-7551
+03 3588-6035

office(at)fes-japan.org

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