September 27, 2016
Washington, DC – U.S. Ambassador-at-Large for Global Women’s Issues Catherine Russell, Japan Ambassador for Women, Human Rights and Humanitarian Affairs Atsuko Nishimura, and the Republic of Korea Deputy Foreign Minister Jong-Moon Choi led the first-ever United States-Japan-Republic of Korea Women’s Empowerment Trilateral Forum in Washington, D.C., on September 27, 2016.
As part of our trilateral cooperation on global issues, the forum brought together more than 50 leaders from government, business, and civil society, as well as elected officials. These leaders reinforced the positive role that our three countries play in promoting women’s empowerment and advancing gender equality domestically and internationally. As members of the Equal Futures Partnership, the United States, Japan, and the Republic of Korea recognize that ensuring equal access for women to economic and political opportunities is not only essential, but leads to more inclusive societies. Including women is critical to the strength of democratic and representative institutions. We strive to create a future where every woman and every girl is encouraged to succeed and allowed to develop to her greatest potential. We call on all actors – from government, civil society, emerging leaders, and the private sector – to participate in this critical discourse and to take action, knowing that it will take comprehensive and coordinated efforts to achieve our goals.
During the forum, participants discussed ways to work together to promote women’s political and economic participation in the three countries. Government officials also met to explore further coordination on development programs that invest in adolescent girls’ education around the world.
Looking to the future, we will make efforts to plan concrete programs and policies that our three countries can deliver jointly by holding a regularized women’s empowerment trilateral meeting, continuing to bring together young women for leadership exchanges, and working together through the Equal Futures Partnership and our respective initiatives in adolescent girls’ education.
The three countries reiterated our continued commitment to trilateral cooperation to find new opportunities for further collaboration on regional and global issues.