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18:00 - 20:00 28 June 2018

Women’s Economic Empowerment in Post-Disaster Reconstruction: a study of Tohoku


Gustave Tuck Lecture Theatre | Wilkins Building (link Map)
Gower St | London | WC1E 6BT | United Kingdom

Open to: Alumni | Public | Academic | Student
Admission: Free
Ticketing: Open

Speaker information

Professor Asako Osaki, Visiting Professor, Kwansei Gakuin University, School of Policy Studie, Asako Osaki, Visiting Professor at Kwansei Gakuin University, School of Policy Studies, is a specialist on gender issues. She began her career at the U.N. Development Programme, specialising in the promotion of gender equality and women’s empowerment in developing countries. Since returning to Tokyo, she has been active in mainstreaming gender in Japan’s domestic and development assistance policies and programmes, working with the Government, NGOs and research institutions. Her expertise lies in the integration of gender perspectives into policies and programmes in areas such as entrepreneurship, disaster risk reduction and reconstruction, and peace and security. Osaki has spoken extensively at events both in Japan and abroad.
Daniel Morchain, Global Adviser, Climate Change Adaptation, OXFAM, aniel Morchain, who happened to be in Tokyo on March 11, 2011, is Global Adviser, Climate Change Adaptation at OXFAM. He has designed and implemented adaptation and development strategies that aim to support the poorest and marginalised. His focus areas in the context of climate change adaptation and development are: vulnerability analysis, gender, cross-scalar participatory processes and transformation. He has experience of working in over a dozen countries in Africa, Asia, the Middle East and Latin America. He has previously worked at the Stockholm Environment Institute and with ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability.

Daiwa Anglo-Japanese Foundation and IRDR Centre for Gender and Disaster Joint Event.

On March 11 2011, a 9.0 magnitude earthquake hit the north-east coast of Japan, causing a massive tsunami. The scale of the damage was unprecedented. One of the key reconstruction activities has been supporting women’s economic empowerment. After disasters, women play a vital role in rehabilitating the household and the community, which is one strategic approach in post-disaster recovery and reconstruction efforts. In this talk, Professor Asako Osaki will talk about good practices of economic empowerment of women in post-disaster reconstruction in Tohoku, Japan. Daniel Morchain from Oxfam will then present a wider perspective of climate adaptation and economic empowerment for vulnerable and marginalised communities and groups living in climate hotspots.


Maureen Fordham


Daiwa Anglo-Japanese Foundation Event