To celebrate International Women’s Day 2018, The Australian Embassy Tokyo, in collaboration with ANZCCJ and ANZCCJ Chair Emeritus Melanie Brock, hosted a keynote address by Sam Mostyn. Ms Mostyn serves as a non-executive director on the boards of Virgin Australia, Transurban and Mirvac Residential, and is chair of Citibank Australia. Sam was also the first woman to join the Australia Football League (AFL) Commission and introduced AFL's Respect and Responsibility policies. As a part of her presentation, Sam launched #CelebratingWomeninJapan, an initiative of ANZCCJ Chair Emeritus Melanie Brock.
The Honourable Richard Court AC, Ambassador to Japan, started the evening’s proceedings, welcoming guests and thanking the evening’s speakers for attending. Ambassador Court discussed the necessity of gender rights and women in leadership. Highlighting the 2018 flagship Public Diplomacy campaign, Australia now, Ambassador Court recognised that the Australia/Japan relationship is strengthened through cross-cultural engagement and equality, including the Women’s Touch Football Rugby collaboration. Following on, ANZCCJ Chair Andrew Gauci addressed the audience, highlighting the lack of gender parity in Japan and the importance of “levelling the playing field”. Andrew Gauci noted the need to create and maintain a pathway of success, enabling women to progress into leadership positions.
Sam Mostyn addressed the audience, acknowledging the importance of International Women’s Day as highlighting the outstanding achievements of women, and the continuing necessity of pushing for change. Recognising Prime Minister Abe’s ‘Womenomics’ scheme, Sam noted the value of a “society where women can shine”, and argued that despite modern advancements towards gender equality, more action is necessary by Australia and Japan. Highlighting the positives of engaging women in business and sport, Sam recognised that organisations require women at all levels of leadership as they offer untapped opportunity; not only in terms of profit, but the flow of new ideas.
Following Sam’s address, she was joined on stage by ANZCCJ Chair Emeritus Melanie Brock and Ms Rui Matsukawa, Member of the House of Councilors, with Deputy Head of Mission at the Australian Embassy Tokyo, Clare Walsh as moderator. The central themes from the discussion was the use of communications and social media as generating equality change, and the importance of values, both societal and personal, as the vehicle for instigating gender parity. The quality of the discussion was excellent, and the Chamber would like to thank all the speakers for their valuable insights.
The event concluded with an informal networking opportunity for guests. ANZCCJ would like to express thanks to the Australian Embassy and Melanie Brock Advisory for the successful event.