2021: Women's March Tokyo - Statement
2021-03-03.. English & Japanese
Auf der Homepage heißt es: The Women’s March Tokyo 2021 is taking place on Monday, March 8, International Women’s Day. We will rally together in Shibuya, Tokyo, and raise our voices against gender-based violence and discrimination. We are planning to meet online before hitting the streets.
Women’s March Tokyo 2021 Statement
Marking the 25th anniversary of the adoption of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, 2020 was supposed to be an important year to have achieved progress on gender equality. Unfortunately, however, 2020 became overshadowed by the COVID-19 pandemic. The pandemic has worsened existing inequality and women have suffered the most.
The sudden school closure followed by the declaration of the state of emergency had a devastating economic impact on the women who were already earning less, have fewer savings, and in unstable employment such as “irregular” positions. On top of that, school closures, working from home, and adopting new hygiene measures have created more unpaid labor at home and women are exhausted from taking most of the care and housework responsibilities. Due to the increased economic and social tensions and stay-at-home measures, the cases of women experiencing domestic violence have increased dramatically. Women make up a high percentage of medical and care professionals as well as venders of daily necessities, yet their treatment and work environment are left without any improvement. UN Women has stated that Japan should take urgent measures to protect the sexual and reproductive health and rights of women, yet these issues have not been addressed. Despite the stay-at-home orders, there are no supportive measures for women who feel unsafe at home, or those without homes. In October 2020, the number of women who committed suicide surged over 80 % compared to the same month last year. ....