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[Registration Open] (Webinar) The 91st HGPI Seminar – Developing Foundational Health Policy for Promoting Women’s Empowerment and Removing the Barriers Facing Women and Young People (December 17, 2020)

[Registration Open] (Webinar) The 91st HGPI Seminar – Developing Foundational Health Policy for Promoting Women’s Empowerment and Removing the Barriers Facing Women and Young People (December 17, 2020)

In recent years, efforts to empower women are accelerating and awareness towards the importance of promoting health among working women is growing. In the “Intensive Policy to Accelerate the Empowerment of Women 2020,” the Cabinet Office also demonstrated its awareness towards these issues by mentioning the need to expand support for women’s health over the life course. However, Japan is lagging behind other advanced countries when it comes to providing support for women’s health. Building a society in which men and women can play equally active roles in the truest sense of the word will require people to fully understand the differences between men and women, so in addition to support systems that can respond to the issues women face at each stage of life, rapid measures to provide health education are also necessary.

With that backdrop, HGPI has worked to promote women’s health since its establishment. After the Act on Promotion of Women’s Participation and Advancement in the Workplace was enacted in 2015, HGPI reaffirmed its position that health is a crucial aspect of women’s empowerment and continued to actively pursue the goal of achieving widespread recognition towards the need to promote women’s health among those most affected and throughout society as a whole by conducting research surveys, forming partnerships with multi-stakeholders, and formulating policy proposals.

HGPI’s “Survey on Health Promotion and Working Women 2018” found that levels of health literacy among women are connected to work performance, pregnancy, and health behaviors. Many of the women who participated in that survey said that they wished they could have had better health education in school. In response, HGPI carried out an educational intervention program for 230 students at three universities and published the results of that program in a report entitled “Developing a Comprehensive Health Education Program for University Students and Program Effectiveness Survey Results” in July 2020. Not only did the survey conducted during that program reveal that there is high demand for comprehensive health education among university students, it also suggested that comprehensive health education can change awareness or behavior towards reproductive health among university students. It also highlighted various hurdles faced by university students, such as a lack of knowledge concerning reproductive health, the occurrence of sexual violence or non-consensual sexual situations, a lack of people to consult on reproductive health, and the difficulty of seeking examinations from OB/GYNs.

For the 91st HGPI Seminar, we will host Dr. Kyoko Tanebe, who serves at the Council for Gender Equality as a member of the Specialist Committee on Formulating the Fourth Basic Plan for Gender Equality and the Specialist Committee on Violence against Women. Dr. Tanebe is also a member of the Toyama Prefectural Assembly, where she is involved in efforts to build a foundation for women’s empowerment by promoting health among women and young people. At the seminar, Dr. Tanebe will discuss current circumstances and issues in health for women and young people and share her outlook on future health policy.

Dr. Kyoko Tanebe (Representative Director, Women’s Clinic We! TOYAMA; Member, Toyama Prefectural Assembly)

■Date & Time
Thursday, December 17, 2020, 18:30-19:45

Zoom Webinar

■Participation Fee

■ Capacity
500 attendees

■ Profile
Dr. Kyoko Tanebe (Representative Director, Women’s Clinic We! TOYAMA; Member, Toyama Prefectural Assembly)
Dr. Tanebe graduated from the University of Toyama’s Faculty of Medicine in 1990 and Graduate School of Medicine and Pharmaceutical Sciences in 1998. After working at Toyama Medical and Pharmaceutical University Hospital and the Obstetrics and Gynecology Department at Aiiku Hospital, she became the director of the Women’s Clinic We! TOYAMA in 2006 and its Representative Director in 2019. Aiming to tackle issues facing society outside of the scope of medicine, she ran a successful campaign in Toyama Prefecture’s unified local elections and joined the Toyama Prefectural Assembly in April 2019. Her main positions include: Member, Special Committee on Intensive Policy, Council for Gender Equality, Cabinet Office; Executive Director, Toyama Medical Association; Standing Director, Japan Association of Obstetricians and Gynecologists; Vice Chairman, Public Service Promotion Committee, Japan Society of Obstetrics and Gynecology; Member, Committee for Improving the Living Environments of Children, Japan Pediatric Society; and Board Member, Toyama Association of Obstetricians and Gynecologists.

Registration will close on Monday, December 14, 2020, at 10:00 AM. Participants will be selected by a draw of lots and will be informed of the results on Monday, December 14, 2020. Individual supporting members of HGPI will be notified earlier.
After registration has been completed, a confirmation email will be automatically sent. If you do not receive a confirmation email, please contact HGPI by email at or by phone at 03-4243-7156.
In the event that you would like to cancel your registration, please inform us by noon on Wednesday, December 16, 2020.

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