Five women’s universities—Ochanomizu University, Tsuda University, Tokyo Women’s Christian University, Nara Women’s University and Japan Women’s University—signed an agreement for a consortium to implement programs to support girls’ education in developing countries and programs pertaining to the advancement of girls’ education. A ceremony took place in Ochanomizu University’s main conference room on November 29 attended by the presidents of the five universities, respectively: Kimiko Murofushi, Yuko Takahashi, Shoko Ono, Haruki Imaoka and Masako Oba (Acting President). After President Murofushi’s remarks, an outline of the agreement was presented and the presidents signed the document.
Assistance for girls’ education in Afghanistan began in 2002 based on this agreement. From 2006, the scope of the agreement was expanded to other developing countries and the five women’s universities have cooperated in various efforts.
A symposium to commemorate the fifteenth anniversary of cooperation for girls’ education in Afghanistan was held the same day. Speakers talked about the significance of the efforts by the five women’s universities in support of girls’ education as well as about their hopes for the future.
View of the signing ceremony