May 11-15, 2017

Global Summit of Women

Tokyo Japan
Irene Natividad on PBS Foreign Exchange with Daljit Dhaliwal

The Premier business forum for women globally since 1990 

Beyond Womenomics: Accelerating Access

Join 1,000 women leaders in business and government from around the globe at the leading forum for women impacting the global economy since 1990

The Global Summit of Women was conceived as the nexus at which all sectors – public, private and nonprofit – would come together under the common vision of dramatically expanding women’s economic opportunities globally through exchanges of working solutions and creative strategies forged by women leaders in different parts of the world.  It is a business Summit, whose ‘business’ focus is women’s advancement in the global economy.


For over 26 years, the Summit has been connecting women worldwide. 

You are invited to join women leaders from every corner of the world in Tokyo, Japan at the 2017 Global Summit of Women — the premier international forum to accelerate women’s economic progress worldwide. The 2017 Summit will salute women’s achievements while continuing to explore practical strategies and best practices in improving women’s economic status, whether they are corporate initiatives, public policies or NGO programs. The Summit’s unique engagement of the three critical ‘legs’ of change – government, business and civil society – is reflected in its participants, presenters and partners. Over 70 International organizations representing women from five continents are planning to be part of the 2017 Summit in Japan, along with women government Ministers and multilateral agency executives.


The theme of the 2017 Summit — “Beyond Womenomics: Accelerating Access” — showcases various initiatives developed in different parts of the world to speed up both women’s access to corporate leadership roles as well as strategies for growing women-owned enterprises worldwide. In addition, the 2017 Summit will inform delegates on how to access the Japanese and Asia-Pacific market, showcase women business and government leaders from the region, and provide skillsbuilding sessions, as well as establish networks among such leaders. Join us at the Summit to be inspired, to learn, and to share lessons with women from more than seventy economies around the world.

The world’s third largest economy, Japan is the proud Host of the 2017 Global Summit of Women. Japan — offering a highly attractive business environment which benefits from social and political stability — is synonymous with technological innovation and is recognized as the gateway to the Asia Pacific region. In recent years under the leadership of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, Japan has made a strong commitment to increasing the role of women in leadership positions by setting the goal of women holding at least 30% of senior positions in all parts of society by 2020. 

Prime Minister of Japan,
Shinzo Abe
Governor of Tokyo, Yuriko Koike

In addition, Tokyo, the world’s largest metropolitan economy and home to 14 million people, is currently led by Governor Yuriko Koike, the first woman to hold the office.


While Japan's business environment continues to be dynamic and robust, increased regional competition and an ageing workforce have led Prime Minister Abe to adopt 'womenomics' as key to his country's continued competitiveness. His vocal commitment to women's increased workforce participation has led major business groups like the Japan Association of Business Executives to set proactive measures to grow women's talents and leadership opportunities. These steps will have long-term impact in Japan Inc. and in the country overall.


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