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What Women Want, What Women Need: Challenges and Opportunities for Female Leaders and Executives in East Asia

According to World Economic Forum’s latest global gender gap index, East Asian countries still have a long way to go not just until women reach parity with men, but moving up the gender equality ladder itself. Are the WEF rankings a solid gauge to measure gender equality and can more be done to improve the current situation, or is the bigger challenge to implement policies that are already in place?

Date & Time

Tuesday
Dec. 15, 2015
3:30pm – 5:00pm ET

Location

5th Floor, Woodrow Wilson Center
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Overview

According to World Economic Forum’s latest global gender gap index, East Asian countries still have a long way to go not just until women reach parity with men, but moving up the gender equality ladder itself. According to the latest report, China came in 91st place, while Japan ranked 101 out of 145 countries surveyed, and South Korea was in 115th place. Yet at the same time, South Korea now boasts a female president, while Taiwanese voters may elect a woman to govern when they head to the polls in January, and the Japanese government has made strident efforts to bolster female participation in the workforce.  Are the WEF rankings a solid gauge to measure gender equality and can more be done to improve the current situation, or is the bigger challenge to implement policies that are already in place? Join us for a discussion from the perspectives of Japan, Korea, and Taiwan, as well as from a broader Asian view. A light reception with the speakers will follow. 


Hosted By

Asia Program

The Asia Program promotes policy debate and intellectual discussions on U.S. interests in the Asia-Pacific as well as political, economic, security, and social issues relating to the world’s most populous and economically dynamic region.   Read more

Global Women's Leadership Initiative

The Global Women’s Leadership Initiative has hosted the Women in Public Service Project at the Wilson Center since June, 2012. The Women in Public Service Project will accelerate global progress towards women’s equal participation in policy and political leadership to create more dynamic and inclusive institutions that leverage the full potential of the world’s population to change the way global solutions are forged.  Read more

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