'Eliminating misogyny' key to shaking up Japan's workforce: UNDP chief
Published on Jul 24, 2014 7:21 PM
TOKYO (AFP) - Japan must work to "eliminate misogyny" if it wants to draw more women into the workforce as part of a wider bid to stimulate the economy, said the head of the United Nations Development Programme.
Former New Zealand prime minister Helen Clark made the comments in an interview with AFP ahead of the release of the agency's 2014 Human Development Report in Tokyo on Thursday.
"Japan still has quite a low proportion of women in its parliament, amongst decision-makers, at the top corporate levels, so there are still some breakthroughs for the women of Japan to make," said Ms Clark, who is seen as a possible contender to succeed Mr Ban Ki Moon as the UN's secretary general.
Japan has one of the lowest rates of female workforce participation in the developed world and most economists agree it badly needs to boost the number of working women to grow its economy as the population rapidly ages.
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