Nagoya University established the Office for Gender Equality in January 2003. Since then, we have been engaged in many activities to promote gender equality and women's empowerment. These activities include two nursery schools and an after-school childcare facility on campus, support for work-life balance, the recommendation of positive action (tie-break preference for women in recruitment), women-only faculty positions in the natural sciences, support for Acalingo (female science students' community), the "Women leaders program to promote wellbeing in Asia", and an Aichi Industry-Academia-Government Collaboration Forum on Gender Equality and Social Promotion.

As a result, our activities and commitment to promote gender equality have been highly valued. In May 2015, Nagoya University was selected as the only University IMPACT Champion in Japan by UN Women for the promotion of the HeForShe movement. HeForShe is a solidarity movement for gender equality. In 2016, the Office for Gender Equality, Nagoya University received a Sawayanagi Seitaro award for gender equality by Tohoku University.

In order to strengthen our activities to promote women's empowerment, we established two funds, the Female Leadership Fund and the Gender Equality and Justice Fund.

In July 2017, Office for Gender Equality was reorganized to the Center for Gender Equality. In addition to running programs to support women's empowerment, we strengthen research and education in gender studies at the center. We will also open a Gender Research Library in fall 2017. We aim to be a hub of promoting gender studies in Japan and the world.

We appreciate your continued support and feedback in improving our activities.

July 2017
Hiroko Tsukamura
Director, Center for Gender Equality
Vice Trustee (gender equality)
Professor, Graduate School of Bioagricultural Sciences