Japan firms fall woefully short of meeting government goals on women in management – Reuters poll

TOKYO (Reuters) – About one-fifth of Japanese companies have no female managers and most say women account for less than 10% of management, a Reuters monthly poll found, highlighting the struggle for the government’s “womenomics” drive to make headway.

FILE PHOTO: A woman wearing a protective face mask uses an escalator in a quiet business district on the first working day after the Golden Week holiday, following the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, in Tokyo, Japan, May 7,2020.REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon

The survey results come as Japan is seen to delay its target this year to raise the share of women in leadership posts to 30% as part of the government’s campaign to empower women, dubbed “womenomics”, and cope with Japan’s ageing population.

The Reuters Corporate Survey, conducted Sept. 29-Oct. 8, found 71% of Japanese firms said women accounted for less than 10% of management, while 17% had no female managers at all.

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Jourdan Dunn on quitting fashion and meeting ‘the one’

For Jourdan Dunn, 2020 has been a year of self-discovery. In February, she announced her engagement to British rapper Dion Hamilton, who proposed on a quiet Sunday to the soundtrack of Intro’s Ribbon In The Sky. In August, she turned 30, an age that often signals the start of a new chapter, and cause for self-reflection. This year has also been the year that she decided to leave fashion behind and start a new career in acting. In terms of love, age and work, times are changing for the Brent-born muse.

“A shift is happening in my life at the moment,” Dunn told us. “Before lockdown, I decided I wanted to take the time to focus on acting. When lockdown happened, it felt like the perfect time to dedicate to it. I started therapy… I feel like I’m building the foundations for the next stage in my life. Fashion

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25 years after U.N. women’s meeting, equality remains distant

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Twenty-five years ago, the world’s nations came together to make sure that half of Earth’s population gained the rights, power and status of the other half. It hasn’t happened, and the U.N. chief urged people everywhere Thursday to “push back” against the forces holding up equality for women.

Addressing the opening session of a high-level meeting to commemorate the landmark 1995 U.N. women’s conference in Beijing, Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said “this is fundamentally a question of power.”

And in today’s more divided, conservative and still very male-dominated world, that power belongs overwhelmingly to men.

Guterres pointed to the frequent exclusion of women from peace negotiations, climate talks and decision-making roles of all kinds. One in three women experiences some form of violence in her lifetime. And the World Bank estimates “that it could take 150 years to achieve gender parity in lifetime earned income,” he said.

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25 years after UN women’s meeting, equality remains distant

UNITED NATIONS — Twenty-five years ago, the world’s nations came together to make sure that half of Earth’s population gained the rights, power and status of the other half. It hasn’t happened yet. And it won’t anytime soon.

In today’s more divided, conservative and still very male-dominated world, top U.N. officials say the hope of achieving equality for women remains a distant goal.

“Gender inequality is the overwhelming injustice of our age and the biggest human rights challenge we face,” U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has said. Last week, in his address at the virtual meeting of world leaders at the General Assembly, he said the COVID-19 pandemic has hit women and girls the hardest.

“Unless we act now,” he said, “gender equality could be set back by decades.”

Ahead of Thursday’s high-level meeting to commemorate the landmark 1995 U.N. women’s conference in Beijing, the head of the U.N. agency charged

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25 Years After UN Women’s Meeting, Equality Remains Distant | World News

By EDITH M. LEDERER, Associated Press

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Twenty-five years ago, the world’s nations came together to make sure that half of Earth’s population gained the rights, power and status of the other half. It hasn’t happened yet. And it won’t anytime soon.

In today’s more divided, conservative and still very male-dominated world, top U.N. officials say the hope of achieving equality for women remains a distant goal.

“Gender inequality is the overwhelming injustice of our age and the biggest human rights challenge we face,” U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has said. Last week, in his address at the virtual meeting of world leaders at the General Assembly, he said the COVID-19 pandemic has hit women and girls the hardest.

“Unless we act now,” he said, “gender equality could be set back by decades.”

Ahead of Thursday’s high-level meeting to commemorate the landmark 1995 U.N. women’s conference in Beijing,

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District 68 Board To Discuss Hybrid Model Plan At Meeting

WOODRIDGE, IL — A revised plan for returning Woodridge School District 68 students to limited in-person learning in October was voted down during a Sept. 21 Board of Education meeting, according to district officials. Board members asked that more information regarding the revised plan, centered on a hybrid model, be presented and discussed during a special Board of Education meeting Wednesday. The meeting will begin at 7:30 p.m. at Thomas Jefferson Junior High, according to district officials.

Board members asked for more information regarding the learning opportunities under a remote-only option, special education, lunchtime safety, staff feedback and transportation.

Under the revised plan, the first in-person student attendance day is listed as Oct. 22.
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Wednesday’s special meeting to discuss the topics related

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