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Resolution Aiming at Gender Equality in JFBA Adopted at the 58th JFBA General Meeting

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The Basic Law for a Gender-Equal Society proclaims in its preamble that realization of a gender-equal society in which people are able to exercise personality and abilities regardless of gender is positioned as a top-priority task in determining the framework of Japan in the 21st century and requires the implementation of policies to promote the formation of a gender-equality in all areas of society.

 

The Japan Federation of Bar Associations (JFBA) adopted a resolution aiming at the judicial reform to integrate gender perspectives at its 53rd General Meeting on May 24, 2002. The JFBA declared that the reason for proposing said resolution was that bar associations play an important role in the legal profession as mandatory organizations of attorneys and a gender-equal society could not be achieved without realizing gender-equality in bar associations. Furthermore, bar associations consisting of attorneys whose mission is to protect human rights and realize social justice should serve as a model for a society by actively promoting gender-equality in keeping with the spirit of the Constitution of Japan.

 

However, when we look at the current situation, "Japan needs more effort to achieve a gender-equal society" as pointed out by the 2nd Basic Plan for Gender Equality (December 27, 2005, prepared by the Cabinet Office, Government of Japan), and the JFBA is regrettably in the same situation. The JFBA, as an organization of the legal profession whose mission is to protect human rights and realize social justice, is required to achieve gender-equality. In addition, increasing female members' participation in the JFBA's activities will improve access to legal services for women constituting half the population of our nation and increase public confidence in bar associations and justice. The JFBA considers achieving gender-equality as a critical issue for 2007.

 

The JFBA established the Basic Framework for Gender-Equality in the JFBA , a comprehensive and unified policy, at the meeting of the Board of Governors on April 20, 2007, and thus took a first step toward achieving gender-equality within the JFBA with. Guided by the Basic Framework, the JFBA will develop practical measures and to realize substantive gender-equality in the JFBA by ending role division based on gender, stereotypes, and prejudice, and encourage female members to actively participate in the JFBA's decision-making processes regarding the JFBA's measures and policies.

 

Japan Federation of Bar Associations
May 25, 2007