男女共同参画 「30%目標」へ環境の整備を


The Yomiuri Shimbun (Jun. 27, 2011)
More effort must be made for gender-equal society
男女共同参画 「30%目標」へ環境の整備を(6月26日付・読売社説)

Utilizing women’s abilities is key to boosting the vigor of Japanese society, one of the reasons why encouraging efforts toward gender equality is extremely important.

The government established a target in 2003 of raising the proportion of women in leadership positions in key sectors of society to at least about 30 percent by 2020.

The current rate, however, stands at just 10 percent. The 2011 government white paper on gender equality, approved by the Cabinet on Tuesday, says women’s participation in many fields is still insufficient, and calls for redoubled efforts to promote gender equality in all parts of society.

The percentage of women occupying leadership positions has already reached 42 percent in the United States and 37 percent in Germany, meaning Japan has been lagging far behind the United States and European countries in terms of gender equality.

Twenty-five years have passed since the Equal Employment Opportunity Law came into effect, and women of what was called the “equal opportunity generation” have played active roles as corporate executives and in other managerial positions.

However, the proportion of women working as section chiefs or higher in companies with at least 100 staff has remained extremely low at 6 percent.


Promote work-life balance

The low percentage of women in managerial posts is due primarily to the fact that many women stop working when they have their first child. There is an urgent need to increase the number of child care facilities and expand systems for child care leave.

It is encouraging that in recent years some companies have set such goals as increasing the proportion of women hired for the career track to at least 30 percent of employees fresh from college, and placing high priority on fostering female executives.

It is also important to promote the principle of work-life balance to make it possible for women to make work compatible with child rearing. No time should be wasted to provide a pleasant working environment for women.

With the continued low birthrate and graying of the population, concern is growing over a decline in the working population. Currently, the number of people of working age–15 to 64–per older person stands at 2.7. Known as the old-age support ratio, this figure is predicted to drop to 1.8 in 2030.

The future of Japan’s society can never be bright without effective use of women’s working power.

To create a more comfortable and enriched living environment, it is imperative to value women’s point of view more highly in all spheres of life.


Respect for women’s roles

Following the Great East Japan Earthquake, the Cabinet Office has prodded local municipalities in disaster-struck regions to set up consultation services for women, but municipalities have tended to be slow in doing so. Problems have occurred at many evacuation centers because of a failure to secure privacy for women.

In Tome, Miyagi Prefecture, a group of people, including female members of the city’s drafting committee for a gender equality ordinance, created a support team for female victims of the disaster.

Based on requests from women at evacuation centers, team members have engaged in such activities as providing women’s underwear and cosmetics in collaboration with companies that offered their support.

Women also play an important role in providing mental care for disaster victims and improving the environment for child rearing. In the future projects for reconstruction from the March 11 disaster, women should be encouraged to give full play to their sensitive, considerate way of doing things.

(From The Yomiuri Shimbun, June 26, 2011)
(2011年6月26日01時32分 読売新聞)

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