CWAJ College Women's Association of Japan


Luncheon and Monthly Meetings

November 25, 2015, Wednesday

Recent Developments in Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment in Japan and Globally.

Asako Osaki

Advocacy Specialist, Visiting Professor at Kwansei Gakuin University and University of Sacred Heart, Director at Plan Japan


We enjoyed a very interesting presentation with Asako Osaki. Ms Osaki is an active advocate for gender equality and empowerment of women and girls. Asako received B.A from Sophia University and Master of International Affairs from Columbia University, majoring in international human rights and humanitarian affairs. She then served the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) as programme manager for promoting gender equality and women’s empowerment in developing countries across the world. She managed projects, for example, in Cambodia, Guatemala, Ethiopia, and China.Since returning to Japan, Asako has been working as an independent expert in gender and development, serving a wide range of entities such as government offices, international organizations, and NGOs. She also works hard in addressing gender issues and promoting empowerment of women and girls in Japan through policy development, capacity-building, and advocacy. Asako is a regular commentator for Sunday Morning, a weekly news show on a national television network.


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