Advance Wellbeing for Mothers in Japan

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OrganizationWorld In You
Region Japan
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ProjectLeader Mio Yamamoto

Mothers in Japan have a high risk of pre/postnatal depression and face obstacles in rejoining the workforce and attaining leadership positions after childbirth. The gender gap in Japan is one of the worst in the world, and the pandemic has further aggravated the situation. This summer, WIT will launch the Board Fellow Program to support direct-service nonprofits in maternal health, which will build their organizational capacity and contribute to advancing women's wellbeing and gender equality.


1 in 4 mothers in Japan suffers from postnatal depression. 46.9% of women leave their work after childbirth, finding it hard to continue working and take on leadership positions. The child poverty rate among single-mother households hits 55 percent. The gender gap in Japan is one of the worst in the world--121st out of 153 countries in the Global Gender Gap Index by the World Economic Forum. Japan has the second-worst pay gap among OECD countries. The COVID-19 crisis has worsened the situation.

Long-Term Impact

This project will strengthen the leadership and organizational capacity of 9 innovative nonprofit leaders serving mothers, and enable them to develop effective programs and reach more mothers in need. We will engage about 15 corporate leaders to discuss challenges and opportunities with the nonprofits and collaborate with them. By cultivating cross-sector collaboration, we will contribute to advancing the wellbeing of mothers, preventing child abuse, and creating more inclusive workplaces.



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[[Category:Gender Equality in Japan Projects]], [[Category:Maternal health and wellbeing in Japan Projects]]

[[Category:Gender Equality in Japan Projects in Japan]], [[Category:Maternal health and wellbeing in Japan Projects in Japan]]