Originally published: June 11, 2017
Mandatory quotas for hiring and promoting women are options Japan could consider to take its ‘womenomics’ push to the next level, according to the social policy chief at the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development.
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s government deserves credit for striving to improve the status of women in the labour force, but a lot more still needs to be done, particularly in the private sector, said Monika Queisser, who serves as senior counsellor for gender issues to the OECD secretary-general.
The Abe administration made advancing women in the workplace one of its top priorities early on. Japan’s business culture has traditionally been dominated by men, but the country’s labour shortage means it needs to get more women into productive roles.