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The Abe administration is hoping to give women’s voices greater prominence in crafting policies to deal with disasters and in resolving international conflicts, according to the current version of an upcoming action plan.

Officials are aiming to compile the action plan for women, peace and security by the end of the year.

The draft calls for an increase in the number of female local officials in charge of disaster matters as well as female members of disaster-related regional councils operated by prefectural governments.

The March 2011 earthquake-tsunami disaster highlighted the need to formulate policies that better respond to women’s needs in such areas as bathroom and shelter operations, government sources said.

The action plan is expected to form a major pillar of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s goal of spurring greater female participation in the workforce as part of his “Abenomics” reforms aimed at revitalizing the economy.

The draft also proposes more women contribute to building international peace through participation in U.N. peacekeeping operations and election monitoring activities.

It calls for greater efforts to prevent sexual violence by U.S. military personnel stationed in Japan and support for victims.

The administration plans to compile annual progress reports on the action plan and get outside experts to evaluate them.

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