Women in Japan Today 2003

Framework for the Main Tools for Gender Equality

On December 12, 2000, the Cabinet decided the Basic Plan for Gender Equality, the first plan based upon the Basic Law for a Gender-equal Society.
The Basic Plan carries eleven priority objectives, and describes the basic direction of long-term measures up until 2010, and concrete measures to be implemented before the end of fiscal 2005.

11 Priority Objectives

  1. Expand women's participation in policy decision-making processes
  2. Review social systems and practices and reform awareness from a gender-equal perspective
  3. Secure equal opportunities and treatment in the field of employment
  4. Build partnerships in agriculture, forestry and fishing villages
  5. Support women and men's efforts to harmonize work with their family and community life
  6. Develop conditions that allow senior citizens to live with peace of mind
  7. Eliminate all forms of violence against women
  8. Support life-long health for women
  9. Respect women's human rights in the media
  10. Promote gender equality to facilitate diversity of choice through enrichment of education and learning
  11. Contribute to the "Equality, Development and Peace" of the global community

Prefectures are required to formulate plans following the concept of the Basic Plan for Gender Equality. Moreover, it is expected that municipalities will also formulate plans following the concept of Basic Plan and other prefectural plans.