Japan is well-qualified as a country that promotes scientific advancement. However, the ratio of female professionals in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) field is at only 14.7% in 2016, which is far behind other developed countries. In order to overcome these gender gaps in Japan over a long period of time, we established "The Japan Inter-Society Liaison Association Committee for Promoting Equal Participation of Men and Women in Science and Engineering (EPMEWSE)" in 2002. At present, EPMEWSE is the association of 90 academic societies in STEM field in Japan, actively working for gender equality in Japan.
The major roll of EPMEWSE could be summarized into the following four headings：
- We conduct the Large Scale Survey every five years in order to know the actual conditions of gender equality in STEM field in Japan. More »
- We offer proposals and requests to our Government based on the survey results for leveling the playing field for women researchers and engineers. More »
- We survey the activities and female ratio of each member of scientific societies associated with EPMEWSE. More »
- We support STEM Programs for high school girls through Summer Camps (Natsu-no-Gakkou) as well as Science Workshops (Kansai-Kagaku-Juku). More »
Activities above have been supported by the corresponding Working Groups in EPMEWSE. At the end of 2016, we will obtain the results of the 4th Large Scale Survey, which could shed light on what we need to proceed in near future for maximizing our potential in STEM field.
(*) STEM=Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics
(*) EPMEWSE was founded in October 2001.
The number of affiliated societies is 90, 53 full members, 37 associate members (May, 2016).