Gender Equality 2.0

International Gender Summit team proposes the new concept "Gender Equality 2.0", which is focused on the diversity, including the conventional one “Gender Equality 1.0”, which is mainly focused on girls and women. This concept is an essential determinant of societal sustainability and as such provides the bridge through which different SDGs can be connected to help enhance implementation of all SDGs.

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We are preparing the proposal "Better Research and Innovation through Diversity and Gender Equality (BRIDGE)" from the international team (as of March 21st).


  • Roseanne Diab (Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf), South Africa)
  • Ryoichi Fujii (Research Organization of Information and Systems (ROIS), Japan)
  • Kumie Inose (Konan University, Japan)
  • Suzi Iacono(National Science Foundation (NSF), USA)
  • Norichika Kanie (Keio University and United Nations University, Institute of Advanced Studies, Japan)
  • Mitsunobu R. Kano (Okayama University, Japan)
  • Seema Kurmar (‎Johnson & Johnson, USA)
  • Elizabeth Politzer (Portia, UK)
  • Sandra Sharman (UNESCO Office Montevideo, Uruguay)
  • Yutaka Shikano (National Institutes of National Sciences (NINS), Japan and Chapman University, USA)
  • Felycia Edi Soetaredjo (Widya Mandala Surabaya Catholic Univ. Indonesia)
  • Kinlay Tshering (Ministry of Agriculture & Forests, Bhutan)
  • Yoshiko Tsuji (The University of Tokyo, Japan)
  • Miyoko O. Watanabe (Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST), Japan)


  • Tateo Arimoto (National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies (GRIPS), Japan)
  • Heide Hackmann (International Council for Science (ICSU), France)
  • Michinari Hamaguchi (Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST), Japan)
  • Yuko Harayama (Council for Science, Technology and Innovation (CSTI), Japan)

The current proposal draft is 

  1. Gender equality is an essential determinant of societal sustainability and wellbeing and as such provides a BRIDGE through which different SDG targets can be connected to help enhance implementation of all SDG goals.
  2. Gender equality should be integrated into the implementation of all 17 SDGs, and adopted by all stakeholders, including industry, as part of their own sustainability agendas.
  3. Gender equality in the context of SDGs must incorporate the influence of societal diversities, and, in particular, how societies define and reinforce the roles and attitudes to women, girls, men, boys, ethnicity, race, cultures etc. 

How does your innovation work?

We are now collecting the particular cases on the innovation under the concept "Gender Equality 2.0". Through several case studies, our proposed concept should be verified. 

What Evidence do you have that your Innovation works?

We organized the following workshop.

Workshop on Gender Equality Research for UN SDGs
Date: Feb. 1, 2017 13:30-17:00
Venue: ROIS meeting room, Hulic Kamiyacho Building 2F, 4-3-13 Toranomon Minatoku Tokyo 105-0001
Organizer: ROIS
Gender Equality (GE) has been interpreted in the UN Sustainable Development agenda in terms of women’s empowerment and human rights, SDG 5, but the term “gender” (as well as “women”, “men”, “girls”, “boys”, and “maternal”) also appears in the descriptions of the targets in 11 out of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). GE can have an important, cross cutting role in creating bridges between SDG targets, including the 6 Goals that tackle peace and industry-related objectives. Bridging all 17 goals through GE requires a systematic analysis method to identify relevance and cross cutting benefits of using GE as criterion of success. In this workshop, we will discuss how to enable development and mainstreaming of GE analysis methods to create evidence-based and impact-promoting bridges between gender research and the targets of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
Moderator: K. Kawabata (JST)
13:30-13:35 Opening address: R. Fujii (ROIS)
13:35-13:55 Overview of Science, Technology and Innovation in Japan: Y. Harayama (CSTI)
13:55-14:15 Overview of SDGs: K. Nemoto (UNIC)
14:15-14:45 GE in the mission of Gender Summit: E. Pollitzer (Portia)
15:00-15:30 USA activity of GE and S&T for SDGs: K. Craig-Henderson(NSF)
15:30-15:50 Bridging SDGs targets through GE: Y. Shikano (NINS) and M. O. Watanabe (JST)
15:50-16:45 Group work & Discussion Facilitator: K. Inose (Konan University)
15:45-16:55 Comment on role of industry in promoting sustainable technologies: Y. Nameki (IBM) and S. Morita (Fujitsu)
16:55-17:00 Closing remarks: R. Fujii (ROIS)

What is your strategy for expanding use of your innovation?

Through the platform "Gender Summit", the international proposal team is now being organized. At the next conference "Gender Summit 10" held at Tokyo (May 25th - 26th, 2017), our propsal will obtain the participants approval. 

Next Steps

Through the concept "Gender Equality 2.0", we will try to achive other SDGs.