International Symposium on Sustainability and Gender

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  • DATE / TIME:
    2014•11•01    10:30 - 17:00

    This symposium, organized by the UNU Institute for the Advanced Study of Sustainability and Ochanomizu University, will bring together scholars, representatives of UN agencies and non-governmental organizations, and other experts to discuss issues related to sustainability and gender. It aims to promote a sustainable society that encourages empowerment of women and social minorities and transformation towards a society that challenges hegemonic masculinity, taking into account responsibilities to future generations.

    The symposium will explore a range of issues such as women’s empowerment and gender-responsive transformative approaches with a view to building a sustainable and equitable future. Panel presentations will include case studies from Fukushima and related experiences from elsewhere in Japan and Germany, as well as lessons learned in ecology feminism from a human security perspective.

    Organized in advance of the World Conference on Education for Sustainable Development (WCESD) to be held in Nagoya, this symposium aims to ensure that gender issues will be substantially debated at the WCESD, and that gender perspectives will be properly incorporated in the follow-up actions. It is expected that the conclusions of the symposium will be presented at a side event of the WCESD and reflected in Post-2014 ESD follow-up activities, as well as in the Post-2015 development agenda.

    Japanese–English simultaneous translation will be provided. Admission to the symposium is free, but the advance registration is required. To register, please visit the registration page on the Ochanomizu University website.

    For inquiries, please contact the symposium secretariat at:


    Opening Remarks

    • Kazuhiko Takeuchi (Senior Vice-Rector, UNU)
    • Sawako Hanyu (Rector, Ochanomizu University)

    Session 1: Education for Sustainable Development and Gender

    • Koto Kanno (Visiting Researcher, Ochanomizu University Institute of Gender Studies): Introductory remarks
    • Soohyong Choi (Director, Division for Teaching, Learning and Content, UNESCO): Keynote Report: Education for Sustainable Development and Gender – The Nexus for Future (Video Message)
    • Hyunjoo Song (Professor, Korean Institute for Gender Equality Promotion and Education): Statement: Gender and Post 2014/2015 International Development Agenda

    Presentations to be followed by a question and answer session

    Lunch Break

    Session 2: Towards a Sustainable Society with a Gender Perspective

    • Kaoru Tachi (Professor Emerita, Ochanomizu University): Introductory remarks
    • Natsuko Hagiwara (Professor, Rikkyo University): Challenges of Ecological Feminism
    • Ayako Takao (Lecturer, Ferris University): From Anxiety to Vision: linking Citizens’ movement in Germany to Fukushima
    • Naoko Miyachi (Professor, Hitotsubashi University Graduate School): Trauma and Gender in Earthquake Disaster
    • Sachie Okabe, Oiso Eneshift and Junko Watanabe (Member/Former Chairperson of Oiso Town Assembly): Community based Energy Shift – What a town of 30,000 population can do?


    Plenary Discussion: Sustainability and Gender: its Perspective and Suggestions for Post-2014 ESD

    Question and answer session with the panel presenters


    • Yumiko Tanaka (JICA)
    • Yuto Kitamura (Associate Professor, The University of Tokyo Graduate School)



    Elizabeth Rose Hall (5F)
    United Nations University
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    Shibuya-ku, Tokyo 150-8925