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December 17, 2020
Bureau of Citizens and Cultural Affairs

Establishment of GHANGE, an international city network for gender equality

We are pleased to announce that the Tokyo Metropolitan Government has become a co-founder of CHANGE (the City Hub and Network for Gender Equity), the world’s first international city network dedicated to the pursuit of gender equality.
Tokyo Governor Koike Yuriko joined the opening event with a video message. The content of her message is attached with this notice.

1. About the network

(1) Name of the network

CHANGE (City Hub And Network for Gender Equity)

(2) Purpose

CHANGE was established with the aim of sharing best practices in tackling sexism, misogyny, and gender-based injustice in liaison with the co-founding cities.

(3) Co-founding cities

Barcelona, Freetown, London, Los Angeles, Mexico City, Tokyo (in alphabetical order)
* The mayor of Los Angeles was chosen to be the first chairperson of the network.

2. Opening event

The leader of each city gave a brief presentation on the current situation, efforts, and future vision of gender equality. Tokyo Governor Koike joined via video message.

(1) Schedule

Monday November 23, 2020 9:00 - 10:00 a.m. (PST)
(Japan time: Tuesday November 24, 2020 2:00 - 3:00 a.m.)

(2) Message from the governor of Tokyo at the opening event

Please see Attachment 1 (CHANGE opening event video message from the governor of Tokyo)(PDF:168KB)

3. Reference

Joint press release Please see Attachment 2(PDF:379KB).

Please click here to see mass media releases in multiple languages. (日本語English中文한국어)

For inquiries (Japanese only)
Gender Equality, Citizens' Affairs Division, Bureau of Citizens and Cultural Affairs
Phone: 03-5388-3189

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