"The hidden cost to women of holding the Olympics during the Covid pandemic"
Masami Aoki, Japan Medical Women's Association, Executive Director
Yoshiko Maeda, CEO, International Women's Year Liaison Group
Akiko Matsuo, Flower Demo, Organizer

Language: The speech and Q & A will be in Japanese with English interpretation.

Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga’s announcement that the Tokyo Olympics will take place during a state of emergency has alarmed the city’s strained hospitals. The declaration comes as Tokyo edges toward 1,000 new daily infections of COVID-19. Medical professionals have repeatedly warned that hosting the world’s largest sporting event during a pandemic is too risky and have demanded that the Games be postponed or cancelled. 

Our speakers will address an issue they say has been overlooked – the impact of the pandemic on women in Japan. Women form the backbone of the service and medical professions, and will therefore shoulder the burden of the decision to proceed with the Games. Already during the extended pandemic, many women have lost jobs, become victims of domestic violence, and experienced decreased access to reproductive medical care.

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