Committee for the Gender Equality
We believe that realizing gender equality at UTokyo depends upon our work to create a humane environment in which whoever wishes to pursue advanced academic study and research can do so regardless of gender, age, position or other personal trait.
In other words, we develop diverse ways of working and learning unrestricted by any such personal traits, and we think that all-inclusive participation is essential for continuing to make UTokyo a better place to study and conduct research. Our ultimate goal is not to increase the proportion of people with any particular traits; alternatively, we understand the importance of providing a wholesome academic study and research environment for all individuals no matter what traits they may have.
In order to achieve this goal, it is important to tackle issues transcending gender equality boundaries rather than pursuing equal rights for both genders with an ‘of women, by women and for women’ approach. We believe that by eliminating trait bias, we can eliminate opportunity loss of and social loss that bias can cause, and create a place where diverse, brilliant people can thrive. At the same time however, the percentage of female UTokyo students and faculty is overwhelmingly low and males form the majority. Given this situation, one of the first steps we can take is to increase the female percentage and attribute more weight to their opinions. Furthermore, the introduction of female role models is important so that young women can form an image of what work women actually do. Additionally, as well as gaining women’s cooperation, we need the understanding and cooperation of men and individuals in discretionary leadership positions and we hope our work includes raising the awareness of all faculty members.
With this viewpoint, the Committee engages in diverse work to promote gender equality. Regardless of your gender, we hope you will feel free to contact us when problems occur and we will work together to find a solution.