History and Conceptual diagram

Gender Equality Promotion at NWU (History)

In November 2000, Nara Women’s University (NWU) re-affirmed its primary commitment to nurture to-be female leaders in a gender-equal society by enacting its basic principles. The first principle is “To cultivate human resources that will lead to a gender-equal society. Towards the university that disseminates information for the empowerment of women”. In accordance with this commitment, the “Gender Equality Promotion Office” was established in November 2005. This office was charged with the task of integrating and evaluating the efforts which had made to that point to advance gender equality. In addition, the new office was expected to play the central role in activities towards the realization of a gender-equal society through collaboration with ongoing initiatives carried out by various entities such as local governments. In May 2011, the “Basic Policy for Gender Equality at NWU” was enacted. In response to these developments, the Gender Equality Promotion Office was expanded to become the “Organization for the Promotion of Gender Equality”.

Major activities for gender equality promotion since 2005:

■November 2005: founded the “Gender Equality Promotion Office”
■2006: NWU was selected as one of the institutions to implement the MEXT’s special human resource development program for science and technology, called “Model Program to Support Activities of Female Researchers”
NOTE: MEXT = Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology
(Program title: “Development of Life-Long Mutual Support System for Female Researchers” 2006-2008)
□established the “Office of Mutual-assistance and Support for Women Researchers”
■April 2009: continued activities/projects undertaken by the “Office of Mutual-assistance and Support for Female Researchers” using NWU’s internal funding
■2010: NWU was selected as one of the organizations to implement the special program, called “Supporting Positive Activities for Female Researchers” supported by the MEXT, Special Coordination Funds for Promoting Science and Technology.
(Program title: “Creating the Center for the Development of Next-Generation Female Researchers by Tradition and Reformation” 2010-2014)
reorganized the “Gender Equality Promotion Office” into three headquarters
(the “Office of Promoting Gender Equality”, the “Office of Mutual-Assistance and Support for Women Researchers”, and the “Office of Reform Promotion in the Training System for Women Researchers”)
■2011年 NWU was chosen to be one of the institutions to implement the MEXT’s special human resource development program for science and technology, called “Career Development for Postdoctoral Fellows”. (2011-2015)
reorganized the “Gender Equality Promotion Office” into 4 headquarters
(established the “Office of Career Development for Postdoctoral Fellows and Graduate Students” as the 4th headquarter)
■May 2011: enacted the “Basic Policy for Gender Equality at NWU”
■December 2012:  founded the “Organization for the Promotion of Gender Equality”
(closed the “Gender Equality Promotion Office”, but still keeps the 4 headquarters structure)
■April 2016: integrated the “Office of Mutual-assistance and Support for Women Researchers” and the “Office of Reform Promotion in the Training System for Women Researchers” into the “Office of Diversity in Research Environment”
reorganized the “Organization for the Promotion of Gender Equality” into 3 headquarters

Conceptual Diagram

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