This is our fifth World Assembly for Women! (WAW!) since it started in 2014. I hope that this meeting will be an opportunity for a wide range of people to discuss various challenges which Japan and the international community are currently facing, regardless of gender and age, while reviewing the previous achievements. During the panel discussion I will take part in with female foreign ministers, we would like to reaffirm the importance of women’s empowerment through exchanges of candid opinions and deliver strong messages to the world.

I am sure that holding WAW! and the Women 20 will further increase the momentum of women’s empowerment both in Japan and abroad.

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