Enhancing Women’s Economic Participation through Better Health, a Discussion on the Role of the Public and Private Sectors (ACCJ-EBC Speaker Series)
To date, the GOJ’s main policy focus as it relates to women’s issues has been on reforms to support working mothers and to increase the number of women in managerial positions. Complementary to these structural and social reforms is the critical, yet overlooked need to improve the prevention and treatment of female specific health risks so as to ensure women stay healthy throughout their working lives.
Aware of this need, the American Chamber of Commerce in Japan (ACCJ) and the European Business Council (EBC) in Japan have released the women’s health primer, Healthier Women, Healthier Economy: Building a stronger economy by empowering women through better health.
On May 17th, we welcome three key leaders in the movement to raise awareness and promote investment in women’s health: Honorable Hanako Jimi, Member of House of Councilors, LDP, Dr. Belen Garijo, CEO Merck Healthcare & Member of the Executive Board, and Ms. Akiko Matsumoto, President of NPO Fertility Information Network (Fine). The three will discuss the importance of investing in women’s health, and their own work in driving businesses and governments to take action.
Dr. Belen Garijo, CEO Merck Healthcare, is responsible for Merck KGaA Darmstadt, Germany’s Healthcare business sector, comprising the Biopharma, Consumer Health, Allergopharma and Biosimilars Business.
As a leader in women’s health, she has positioned Merck as the co-chair of the APEC Healthy Women, Healthy Economies initiative, with the goal of convening governments, private sector, academia and other interested stakeholders to raise awareness and promote good practices to enhance women’s economic participation by improving their health. She will share with us this work so far, and the outcomes of the initiatives early implementation.
Ms. Akiko Matsumoto, President of NPO Fine, a grassroots non-profit patient association, has focused her time on supporting couples who face infertility, and advocating for broader access to reproductive health technologies. She will share with us the results of 2015 survey of working women on the challenges they face in undergoing treatment, as well as her own patient-centric views on what Japanese government and businesses can do to better support couples who face the challenge of infertility.
Honorable Hanako Jimi, a doctor herself, will share the Government of Japan’s efforts to empower women in the workplace, and her thoughts on how women’s health is tied to their economic empowerment. Further, she will share the status of current efforts legislators are taking to realize their vision of a Japan with increased workplace diversity, and improved women’s health, as well as some of the challenges they have faced along the way.
If you are in the healthcare industry or involved with women in business, this event is a must. This event is co-hosted by the ACCJ, the European Business Council (EBC), as well as the Government Relations Committee, Women in Business Committee and Pharmaceuticals Subcommittee.
John Carlson, Chair
William Bishop, Andrew Joyce, Yuko Kidoguchi, Toshio Nagase,Takeo Morooka, Byron Sigel, Vice Chairs
ACCJ Healthcare Committee
Takeo Morooka, Chair
ACCJ Pharmaceuticals Subcommittee
Arthur Mitchell, Chair
Mari Matthews, Yoshitaka Sugihara, Vice Chairs
ACCJ Government Relations Committee
Ryann Thomas, Chair
Vicki Beyer, Makiko Tachimori (Fukui), Elizabeth Handover, Deborah Hayden,
Jiana Leung, Yoshiko Zoet-Suzuki, Zane Zumbahlen, Vice Chairs
ACCJ Women in Business Committee
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