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Action Policies 2018-2019


Promotion of equal participation by women and men in all areas

1.By carrying out its 4th Action Plan for Gender Equality (October, 2013 to September, 2020), RENGO will create a society in which women and men are treated as equals, in which the rights of women and men are respected, and in which women and men participate equally and share duties and responsibility equally.

(1)Aiming to attain the "three goals" (realization of decent work and opportunities for women to fulfill their abilities, work-life balance, and inclusion and revitalization of diverse working population), RENGO will support efforts put forth by the affiliates and RENGO local organizations.

(2)RENGO will redouble its efforts to achieve the target of "100% of organizations which elect female officers." In addition, RENGO will discuss on the quota system, one of the means of ensuring that more female officials are selected and endeavor to introduce the system in order to attain the goal of "ensuring that women account for 30% of RENGO officials and members in organizational meetings by 2020."

(3)Aiming to attain the overall goal of helping each and every organization reach its targets, RENGO will work to strengthen activities of overseeing progress and providing follow-up support carried out by the Project Team to Promote the 4th Action Plan for Gender Equality under the Committee for Promoting Gender Equality.

2.Aiming to realize a gender-equal society, RENGO will steadfastly implement the "4th Basic Plan for a Gender Equal Society" based on the Basic Act for Gender Equal Society. Particularly in order to attain the goal of "ensuring that women account for about 30% of the leading positions by 2020," RENGO will propel introduction of affirmative action. In addition, RENGO will proactively call for resolution of the issues identified by the "UN Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women" and prompt ratification of the "Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women."

3.RENGO will review social systems and customary practices from the standpoint of gender equality.

(1)RENGO will consider the introduction of an optional system for husbands and wives to retain separate family names, unification of the age of consent for marriage for men and women, elimination of the prohibition on remarriage for a fixed period, which applies only to women, and re-examination of the inheritance law from the standpoint of gender equality, with the ultimate goal of revising the Civil Code related primarily to family law.

(2)In order to eliminate commodification of sex that desecrates human rights and all manner of violence against women, RENGO will engage in efforts to enact related laws by reviewing the Penal Code (related to sex crimes) and creating the act on support for victims of sex crimes, as well as propel campaigns including ones to raise awareness.

(3)RENGO will work to create laws necessary for introducing the quota system in order to realize proactive participation by women in politics.

(4)RENGO will work to remove disincentives to work from the tax and social security systems and to reform these systems as those neutral in terms of gender and lifestyle.

(5)To promote participation by women in the planning of earthquake reconstruction policy and disaster prevention policy, RENGO will engage in activities based on the "guidelines for disaster prevention and reconstruction planning from the standpoint of equal participation by women and men."

(6)Aiming at a society in which human rights are respected regardless of sexual orientation and gender identity, RENGO will work to improve working environments by producing guidelines and through other approaches, as well as by enacting laws that stipulate prohibition of discrimination and ensuring of rights of same-sex partners.

Realization of gender equality in employment, expansion of support for work-life balance, and efforts to achieve equal treatment

4.RENGO will enrich the systems of supporting work-life balance of all workers, including non-regular employees, based on the "RENGO actions with respect to the Revised Child Care and Family Care Leave Act" with the aim of developing an environment which enables workers to continue working with a mind of safety without leaving their jobs due to pregnancy and delivery, child-rearing, and long-term family care.

5.In order to realize equal treatment of part-time workers, RENGO will feed back opinion to the Labour Policy Council and deliberations in the Diet which aim to amend the Part-Time Workers Act.

6.To ensure that women further participate and work at their fullest capacity in society and economy, RENGO will proactively work to encourage companies to adopt affirmative action policies targeting all women, including non-regular workers, through the use of the Act to Advance Women’s Success in their Working Life. In addition, RENGO will develop a working environment friendly to everyone, including women.

7.Based on the results of workplace surveys to assess the state of differential tracking into career-track positions (sogoshoku) and general office positions (ippanshoku) by gender, sexual harassment, and speech or conduct based on a mindset of gender-based division of labor, RENGO will work to enact reform of the Equal Employment Opportunity Act.

8.RENGO will work to rectify wage gaps between women and men by employing the wage plot method to analyze the causes of such disparities and make these disparities "visible." In addition, RENGO will work to abolish the "head-of-household requirement" for receiving a living allowance, which constitutes indirect discrimination.

9.Aiming to attain work-life balance, RENGO will urge both men and women to reconsider their way of working such as working hours, and arrange environment, including promotion of childcare leave taken by men, by using the Act on Advancement of Measures to Support Raising Next-Generation Children, the Act to Advance Women’s Success in their Working Life and other acts.

10.RENGO will work to raise awareness and promote application of the provisions for protecting women stipulated in the following laws in the workplace: the Child Care and Family Care Leave Act, the Act to Advance Women’s Success in their Working Life, the Equal Employment Opportunity Act, the Part-Time Workers Act, the Act on Advancement of Measures to Support Raising Next-Generation Children, and the Labor Standards Act.

Cultivation of female union leaders and campaigns inside and outside RENGO

11.To cultivate female union activists, female leaders, and young male leaders, RENGO will encourage women to share challenges and take initiative through the central rally for women and training courses for female leaders and gender equality.

12.RENGO will work toward resolving gender disparities and issues such as the need to re-examine work patterns, including long working hours, which are common to both men and women, through local bloc meetings for women.

13.In order to increase the momentum for promoting gender equality, RENGO will engage in activities in and outside of the RENGO organization in June as a "month of gender equality."

Promotion of international solidarity activities and partnerships with various organizations in Japan

14.RENGO will cooperate with and participate in gender equality-related activities of the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) and the Women’s Committee of the ITUC-Asia Pacific (ITUC-AP) as well as other campaigns to promote gender equality, such as the "International Women’s Day on March 8," "World Day for Decent Work on October 7," "International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women on November 25," "Count Us In!" campaign that promotes women’s participation in trade unions, and other campaigns related to "future work from the women’s standpoint" and "violence and harassment in the world of work."

15.RENGO will pay close attention and act in accordance with development in relevant international organizations, including the Convention on the Elimination of All forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW), the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW), the ILO Committee of Experts on the Application of Conventions and Recommendations, and the Trade Union Advisory Committee to the OECD (TUAC).

16.RENGO will interact and cooperate with NGOs, NPOs, and other women’s organizations with goals that are consistent with those of RENGO.