Japan’s Efforts in Promoting Women’s Participation in Peace and Security
Japan’s NAP seeks to achieve international peace and stability while promoting women’s participation in decision-making. Since Japan is prone to natural disasters, the NAP also includes disaster response, incorporating a gender perspective into its humanitarian and recovery assistance.
As part of its efforts in fostering the WPS agenda, Japan has been cooperating with UN Women to reduce gender-based violence, prevent violent extremism and promote women’s economic empowerment in Asia-Pacific, Africa, and the Middle East. The Japanese government also supports the Office of the Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General on Sexual Violence in Conflict (OSRSG-SVC) and the Global Survivors Fund (GSF), helping survivors of conflict-related sexual violence and contributing to the strengthening of the judicial system to hold perpetrators in conflict-affected counties accountable.
Japan’s Ministry of Defense (MOD) and Self-Defense Forces (SDF) have also played a role in promoting the participation of women in peace and security. They have deployed approximately 740 female SDF personnel abroad to support UN peace keeping operations, international disaster relief and counter-piracy efforts as well as the UN Mission in the Republic of South Sudan (UNMISS). Furthermore, MOD and SDF have also deployed female SDF personnel to strategic partners such as NATO.