RIWAC Research Institute for Women and Careers JAPAN WOMEN'S UNIVERSITY


【Report】Symposium: “When Men Engage in Care: Another perspective on supporting the work of women”

 This public symposium was held on Saturday December 13.

  In order for women to play active roles in society, it is necessary for them to engage in care activities such as childcare and nursing care jointly with men, and this situation is not likely to change in the future. The agenda for this symposium was to clarify what happens when men provide care, and to explore related measures.

Ritsumeikan University Graduate School Professor Jouske Amada gave the keynote speech, and Akiko Doteuchi of the NLI Research Institute, Ryo Hirayama of the Tokyo Metropolitan Institute of Gerontology and the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science, and Akiko Nagai of Japan Women’s University were welcomed as panelists. Reports were provided on childrearing and caregiving experiences, and discussions were held on this topic.

At similar symposiums in the past, the focus of analysis had been on the labor market, but at this event, it was realized that hints for the social advancement of women seem to lie in background factors related to support for care, including the daily life of married couples and involvement in the local community.