Osaka University has a basic philosophy of ‘promoting diverse personnel’ which aims to further increase the quality of research and education at the university by empowering diverse personnel, particularly women. Promoting gender equality is its core concept.

Since establishing the ‘Working Group to Discuss Gender Equality’ in 2005, under the leadership of the President of Osaka University and the Executive Vice President of Gender Equality and Society-University Co-Creation and Public Relations, many organizations were created to realize the Gender Equality Project.

In April of 2016, efforts towards promoting gender equality at Osaka University were greatly strengthened with the establishment of the Center for Gender Equality Promotion.

The Executive Vice President of Gender Equality and Society-University Co-Creation and Public Relations was appointed as the Director of this Center, full-time staff and faculty members from all graduate schools were selected to be concurrent staff members at the four divisions in the center.

For the smooth integration and promotion of the services provided by the Center for Gender Equality Promotion, the center has created the ‘Plan, Do, Check, Act (PDCA) Cycle’ to realize the plans generated by the Gender Equality Promotion and University-Community Collaboration Board (Plan), implement them known university-wide (Do), have the organization itself assessed by the Gender Equality Promotion and University-Community Collaboration Board (Check), receive feedback, and conduct investigative research to make improvements based on the results of that feedback (Act).

In addition, we have the support of the President of Osaka University and Executive Vice Presidents, as well as Atsuko Muraki, former Vice Minister at the Ministry of Health, Labour, and Welfare, who has accepted a post as Guest Professor at our Center- strengthening the Center’s mission of equality all the more.

We also strongly believe that the obligation for the promotion of women and gender equality does not fall entirely on the shoulders of the Center for Gender Equality Promotion and the University-Community Collaboration Board, but rather with the entire university community as a whole. This, the Osaka University Gender Equality Declaration, is the message we would like to spread throughout the university and society.

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