RENGO (Japanese Trade Union Confederation) and RENGO Tokyo held an outdoor campaign and central assembly in Tokyo on March 8 (Wednesday) to mark International Women's Day.
In the outdoor campaign in front of the Yurakucho Marion building, members of RENGO Tokyo handed out one rose to passersby. The rose, which is the symbol of International Women's Day, also symbolizes the dignity and human rights of women. There was also a relay talk by RENGO Vice-President Tomoko Yoshino and others about the significance of International Women's Day on March 8, the current state of gender equality and the Act to Promote the Active Participation of Women in the Workforce, the difficulty of nonregular workers acquiring child care leave and family nursing leave, and the realization of a work-life balance by correcting long working hours.
A central assembly was then held in Yomiuri Hall, at which RENGO President Rikio Kozu gave an opening address on behalf of the organizers and key themes and best practices were introduced. After the adoption of an appeal, the meeting ended with all of the participants singing "Solidarity Forever."