The Mary Fran Myers Award, 2015


Akiko Domoto of the Japan Women's Network
2015 Recipient of the Mary Fran Myers Gender and Disaster Award

Akiko Dōmoto was the governor of Chiba Prefecture in Japan from 2001 to 2009. She was the first female governor of Chiba and the third in Japanese history. She was first elected in 2001. Akiko was trained as a journalist, and traveled extensively making documentaries that considered human rights and equality, with special attention on Tibet.

Akiko DomotoFollowing her career in journalism, Akiko was elected as a member of the Parliament Upper House of Japan in the 1990's. As a Parliamentarian, she was instrumental in getting the Prime Minister's support to establish the Gender Equality Law in Japan in 1999.

Akiko became the first female Vice President of the IUCN during the 1990s. She attended the Women's Conference on environment held in Florida in 1991, which the late Bella Abzug organized. Akiko became one of the Board Members of WEDO until she was elected in 2001 as the Governor of Chiba Prefecture.

After that, she has been very active as the President and coordinator of the NGO, Japan Women's Network for Disaster Risk Reduction (JWNDRR). She has been particularly committed as an NGO person in the issues on Environment, Disasters, and Women prisoners with attention to human rights, gender equality, and diversity.

Previously: 2014 Mary Fran Myers Awardee -Rosemary Du Plessis

Rosemary Du Plessis has been involved in women and gender-focused activities since the mid-1970s. She was one of the first academics in New Zealand to offer sociology courses with a women/gender focus, organised women's studies conferences, and was active within the Society for Research on Women (SROW), a community-based research organisation. During the last three years she has been research coordinator for Women's Voices: Recording women's stories of the Canterbury earthquakes. It is in this capacity that she has received the Mary Fran Myers Award. Read more...

Call for Nominations

The Gender and Disaster Network and the Natural Hazards Center invite nominations of those who should be recognized for their efforts to advance gender-sensitive policy, practice, or research in the areas of disaster risk reduction. Read more

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