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Gender Equality

The Shinshu University Gender Equality Declaration (Outline)

OHISAMA Nursery School Established in November, 2013 (Matsumoto Campus)

OHISAMA Nursery School Established in November, 2013 (Matsumoto Campus)

The Basic Law on Gender Equality was drafted in order to meet the goals set out in Article A of the International Covenant on Human Rights (ICCPR) and in Article 14 of the Japanese Constitution, which recognizes the right of all citizens to be treated as equals under the law. This legislation refers to the realization of a gender-equal society, in which men and women share their responsibilities, respect each other's human rights, and can make the best use of their personalities and abilities regardless of their gender. It is a task regarded as, being of crucial importance to the future of Japanese society in the 21st century.
Embracing the promotion of gender equality as a social necessity, Shinshu University will strive to take positive steps towards the creation of a gender-equal society, capitalizing on its institutional strengths as a university composed of multiple faculties. As an education provider, the University undertakes to produce self-reliant graduates committed to the principles of gender equality, and to contribute to human society as a whole by fostering research excellence. In the field of medicine, men and women working in the University will participate on equal terms in the practice of medicine and will value life and health. Through international exchange programs and collaboration with local communities, the University will promote respect for the diversity of cultural values and will take the initiative n creating a gender-equal society.

Basic Policy/Plan of Action Regarding Gender Equality at Shinshu University

Shinshu University, in accordance with the Shinshu University Gender Equality Declaration, plans to implement the following basic principles

1Establish a system and organization for promoting gender equality
  • Under the guidance of the Gender Equality Promotion Committee, the university will establish the Support Office for Female Researchers in Shinshu University (SuFRe) and the Office for Promoting Work-life Balance and create a system and environment in which both male and female students can effectively utilize their personalities and abilities.
2Promote and take measures to increase the number of female applicants for research posts and faculty members and support their careers and research activities
  • The university will implement affirmative improvement measures (affirmative action) to increase the number of female research applicants and the percentage of female researchers enrolled at the university.
  • The university will establish a research environment that includes aspects such as mentorship and research assistant system that allows female researchers to showcase their abilities and maximize their potential.
3Increase female participation in university administration and its decision-making processes
  • The university will promote the participation of female faculty members in various administrative meetings.
  • The university will further promote and raise the status of its female staff members.
4Create a healthy balance between work and family life (establish a healthy work-life balance)
  • The university will increase efforts to reduce overtime and increase annual vacation time.
  • The university will encourage aspects such as maternity leave, nursing care leave, and temporary part-time work.
  • The university will encourage ubiquitous network use and application.
  • The university will expand and effectively administer nursery schools within the university.
5Pursue educational and promotional activities with the local community to raise awareness about the need for gender equality
  • The university will conduct lectures, seminars, and symposiums regarding gender equality.
  • The university will conduct promotional activities for its staff members and students to raise awareness about gender equality.
  • The university will conduct periodic investigations and disclose information regarding the status and awareness of gender equality within the university.
  • The university will increase coordination with national/international organizations and institutions concerned with promoting gender equality.