International Symposium, Institute for Global Leadership(December 19, 2020)


“Women’s Leadership and its Role for SDGs: Approaches from Asian Civil Society and International Education”(December 19, 2020)


Today, leadership matters worldwide. More than before, global crises such as epidemics, environmental problems, and social division have indicated importance of thinking about eminent leadership. On the other hand, SDGs have contributed to the future development of the global community. Regardless of the degree of a country’s development, each nation stands at the starting line in discussing the role of women’s leadership and quality education in overcoming problems associated with the global crises. However, the concept of women’s leadership is not yet well established. For this international symposium, we will examine how women’s leadership is conceptualized, developed, and put into practice, and how it needs to be modified. The important role that female leaders play in various social issues where female leadership is truly needed in such Asian countries as Thailand, the Philippines, South Korea, and Japan can offer new insights for Asian women’s leadership.

  • Date and Time:Saturday, December 19, 2020, 15:00-17:30(Japan Standard Time)
  • Online Symposium (Zoom Webinar)  
  • Simultaneous interpretation available (English-Japanese)
  • Audience: Open to the public
  • Prior registration required, Registration Form (新しいウインドウが開きます)

Opening (15:00-15:05)

Moderator: Rie OKAMURA (Project Lecturer, Ochanomizu University)

Opening Remarks (15:05-15:15)

Yasuko SASAKI (Vice-President and Trustee of Ochanomizu University)

Presentations (15:15-16:15)

Chanita RUKSPOLLMUANG (Vice President, Siam University)

“Women’s Leadership and their Roles in Sustainable Development”

Weena GERA (Associate Professor, University of the Philippines Cebu)

“Women’s Leadership in Philippine Governance: Paths, Spaces and Practices that Mattered for Sustainable Development”

Makoto KOBAYASHI (Professor, Ochanomizu University)

“How Is Women’s Leadership Conceptualized and Developed in Japan?”

Commentary (16:15-16:25)

Sung-Nam CHO (Professor Emeritus, Ewha Womans University)

Break (16:25-16:35)

Speakers’ Responses  and Open Discussion (16:35-17:25)

Closing  (17:25-17:30)

Rie OKAMURA (Project Lecturer, Ochanomizu University)


Professor Emeritus Dr. Chanita Rukspollmuang is currently Vice President and Dean of Graduate School of Education at Siam University, Bangkok, Thailand. She is responsible for academic development and the Center of Sustainability. Prior to work at Siam University, she was appointed Dean of the Faculty of Education, Chulalongkorn University. At present, Dr. Chanita is an Associate Member of the Royal Academy. Moreover, Dr. Chanita is now elected as President of the Thai Association of University Women (TAUW) under the patronage of H.R.H. Princess Galyani Vadhana Krom Luang Naradhiwas Rajanagarindra and an executive board member of the National Council of Social Welfare of Thailand under the Royal Patronage (NCSWT).

■Weena GERA
Dr. Weena Gera is Associate Professor of Political Science and currently Vice Chancellor for Administration at the University of the Philippines Cebu. She has published and consulted on various governance analyses in the Philippines and Southeast Asia, including the politics of bureaucratic representation, public participation, and central-local relations, as well as gender perspectives in transnational issues of labor migration, disaster risk resilience and sustainability. Dr. Gera received her PhD in International Development from Nagoya University (2009). In 2018, she was selected as a recipient of the Gro Brundtland Award for Women in Sustainable Development.

Makoto KOBAYASHI is Professor at the Graduate School of Humanities and Sciences and Vice-Director of the Institute for Global Leadership at Ochanomizu University. His specialty is Political Science, Peace Studies, and International Relations. After the teaching carrier as professor at Ritsumeikan University and Yokohama City University, he started to teach at Ochanomizu University in 2007. He has investigated social formation of the state in the era of globalization, especially putting focus on the concept of political power, public-private relation and the control of violence. His recently published the articles on globalization, neoliberal states, terrorism, power politics, global civil society, and so on.

■Sung-Nam CHO
Sung-Nam CHO is Professor Emeritus at Ewha Womans University and former Director of Ewha Institute for Leadership Development. She studies Sociology and received her Ph.D. from the Department of Sociology in the University of Hawaii, USA. Her main research interests include family, population aging and health service utilization. Her major publications include books entitled Age-Boom Generation: Preparing for the Aging Society, Koreans in the US, Abortions in Korea and Qualitative Methodology. She has also served several positions in academia including Vice President of the Korean Social Science Council, President of the Korean Federation of Women Professors and President of the Korean Sociological Association.

Rie Okamura is a Project Lecturer at the Institute for Global Leadership, Ochanomizu University, where she is responsible for conducting surveys on women in leadership positions at Japanese private firms. Dr. Okamura holds a Ph.D. degree from Ochanomizu University in sociology, with a specialization in family sociology, and has completed her Ph.D. dissertation research on maternal ICT use for child rearing, from the perspective of social capital. Dr. Okamura’s research project which she serves as principal investigator is supported by the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science under the KAKEN Grant-in-Aid for Early-Career Scientists (2020-2023). Her recent research interests include the effects of leadership education and family support on the careers of millennial women.

Organizer: Institute for Global Leadership, Research Organization for the Promotion of Global Women’s Leadership, Ochanomizu University

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