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Japan's Relationship with its Past and Future | 07/26/16
Alexis Dudden, Devin T. Stewart
Prime Minister Abe is the leading member of the small but powerful group Nippon Kaigi, which wants to turn its back on the international community and return to Japanese traditions. It advocates restoring the emperor to the center of power, eradicating equal rights for women, and revising the Constitution. What are its chances of success? » Multimedia » All Audio, Video, Transcripts

The Needs of Refugee Women and Children in the Global Humanitarian Crisis | 06/24/16
Sarah Costa, Joanne J. Myers
In this powerful talk, executive director Sarah Costa explains the work of the Women's Refugee Commission, and discusses the current crisis. The numbers are staggering: one in 122 people across the world have been forced to flee, and the majority are women and children. The average length of displacement is 20 years. What can be done to help? » Multimedia » All Audio, Video, Transcripts

Carnegie Council Asia Dialogues Program Appoints Pacific Delegates for Tokyo Fact-Finding Trip on Gender Issues | 06/17/16
In November 2016, Carnegie Council's Asia Dialogues program is leading a week-long fact-finding trip to Tokyo on gender issues. Drawn from a variety of professional, regional, and academic backgrounds, the group of Pacific Delegates has been selected to join this trip, engage in dialogue and research, and publish their findings. » News » Press Releases

An Evaluation of Gender Balance in the Leadership of the UN Secretariat | 06/01/16
Ourania S. Yancopoulos
"We see the UN come out time and time again for a need for gender parity, not only within its organization, but at the state level," says Ourania Yancopoulos in her winning presentation for the Council's Student Research Conference. "However, we see that the rhetoric used and the reporting used by the institution do not match the reality." » Multimedia » All Audio, Video, Transcripts

Ourania S. Yancopoulos' Presentation on Gender Equality at UN Wins Council's Student Research Conference | 05/16/16
Ms. Yancopoulos' presentation was titled "Gender Equality—and the Lack Thereof—in International Politics: An Evaluation of Gender Balance in the Leadership of the United Nations Secretariat." Other presentation topics included robotic warfare, the ethics of civil resistance, and the portrayal of Muslims in the U.S. media. » News » Press Releases

Gender Imbalance in the UN Leadership | 05/16/16
Ourania S. Yancopoulos, Devin T. Stewart
"Despite the UN's repeated commitment to 50/50 gender parity, the UN has never been even close to this goal," writes Ourania Yancopoulos in this follow-up interview about her winning presentation for the Council's Research Conference. "In fact the closest it ever got was in 2012 at about 24 percent." » Publications » Articles, Papers, and Reports

Reading List and Discussion Questions on Gender and Japan | 05/13/16
Devin T. Stewart
This 10.5-week Asia Dialogues Program reading list with discussion questions explores current issues relating to gender in Japanese society. Issues include: women in the workplace, equal voice in politics, demographic trends, and gender rights. » Education » Lesson Plan Ideas » Course Syllabi

A Filmmaker's Experience on Leaving Japan | 05/09/16
Kyoko Gasha, Devin T. Stewart
Documentary filmmaker and TV journalist Kyoko Gasha discusses her film "Mothers' Way, Daughters' Choice," which is about Japanese women (like she herself) who remade their lives in New York City. She also talks about the difficulties facing working mothers in Japan, especially the long working hours, and how the culture is beginning to change. » Multimedia » All Audio, Video, Transcripts

Gender Identity in Japan | 05/03/16
Sonja Pei-Fen Dale, Devin T. Stewart
Sonja Pei-fen Dale teaches at Tokyo's Hitotsubashi University, where she specializes in LGBT gender issues and identities in Japan. In this fascinating conversation about gender and minorities in Japan today, she discusses the term "X-gender," how LGBT individuals are perceived, the social ideal of the traditional family, and much more. » Multimedia » All Audio, Video, Transcripts

Political and Cultural Challenges to Gender Parity in Japan | 04/28/16
Mari Miura, Devin T. Stewart
In the Global Gender Gap Report, Japan usually ranks around 100 out of 140 countries, says Mari Miura, a specialist on gender in Japan. The main reasons are economic--a huge gender pay gap; political--underrepresentation of women in politics; and cultural--traditional gender and family roles. But younger generations are trying to change these paradigms. » Multimedia » All Audio, Video, Transcripts

Carnegie Council Announces the Appointment of Six Pacific Fellows | 04/26/16
Carnegie Council is pleased to announce the appointment of six Pacific Fellows based in Japan, Indonesia, and the Philippines. The fellowship is part of Carnegie Council's new Asia Dialogues program, which seeks to advance ethical inquiry around contentions within Asia and the United States. » News » Press Releases

Feminism: The New "F-word" in Japan? | 04/26/16
Natsumi Ikoma, Devin T. Stewart
Senior Fellow Devin Stewart speaks with Natsumi Ikoma, the Center for Gender Studies director, International Christian University, Japan, about the state of feminism in Japanese art, literature, and society. Ikoma, a Carnegie Council Pacific Fellow, describes how women are portrayed in Japanese theater and how female writers are changing public debate. » Multimedia » All Audio, Video, Transcripts

Carnegie Council Announces Grant from Henry Luce Foundation for Asia Dialogues Program | 03/22/16
Carnegie Council's new Asia Dialogues Program and its project "Building Pacific Communities" aims to advance ethical inquiry within Asia and the United States. The goal is to foster moral leadership, mutual learning, and lasting relationships across the Pacific. » News » Press Releases

"Ethics & International Affairs" Celebrates its 30th Anniversary | 03/15/16
As "Ethics & International Affairs" journal celebrates its 30th anniversary, it is more committed than ever to encouraging reflection, advancing scholarship, fostering respectful debate, and offering deep analysis of the values and ideals that animate global affairs. » News » Press Releases

Gender and Sexuality in Japan | 03/11/16
James Farrer, Devin T. Stewart
Senior Fellow Devin Stewart speaks with sociologist James Farrer (Sophia University, Tokyo) about the changing norms around gender, sexual rights, dating, and marriage in Japan. They also discuss Farrer's advice for researchers interested in Japanese society. Farrer is co-author of "Shanghai Nightscapes: A Nocturnal Biography of A Global City." » Multimedia » All Audio, Video, Transcripts

Calls to Action: Winners of the 2015 International Student/Teacher Essay Contest, "Goals for a Better World" | 02/23/16
Carnegie Council congratulates the winners of its essay contest on one of three selected Sustainable Development Goals: gender equality, combating climate change, or making cities and settlements more sustainable. The winners came from Brazil, India, Nigeria, South Korea, and the United States. » News » Press Releases

Defining the Undefinable: Gender in Developed Nations | 02/23/16
"I yearn to live in a society where we can be ourselves without prejudice," writes Se Bin Ahn, a South Korean student. "It is therefore crucial to be on guard for peddlers of pseudo-science, advertising 'brain-based learning theories,' who unwittingly divest us of independence and integrity." » Publications » Articles, Papers, and Reports

HUMAN RIGHTS DAY 2015 | 12/09/15
2015 may well be remembered as the Year of the Refugee, so naturally, much of our 2015 Human Rights Day collection concerns this ongoing crisis. These resources also include an examination of the human rights "project," a framework for assessing international human rights law, resources on women's rights, and a report on a cultural rights conference. » Publications » Resource Picks

Beyond Silicon Valley: Elmira Bayrasli on Innovation in Unlikely Places | 11/11/15
Elmira Bayrasli, Hazami Barmada
Elmira Bayrasli, founder of "Foreign Policy Interrupted" and author of "Beyond Silicon Valley," is all about shattering stereotypes and bringing disregarded groups to the fore, from talented women who must be encouraged to "raise their hands" to the millions of successful entrepreneurs around the world that we never hear about. » Multimedia » All Audio, Video, Transcripts

Karenna Gore on Faith Communities and the Environment | 10/07/15
Karenna Gore, Stephanie Sy
Karenna Gore, daughter of Al Gore and director of the Center for Earth Ethics, discusses how faith communities (including indigenous peoples) are rallying to combat climate change; what she sees as a shift in consciousness in how we define success; and much more. » Multimedia » All Audio, Video, Transcripts

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