Megumi Ishimoto

Executive Director and co-Founder, NPO Women’s Eye Director, NPO “Human Security Forum,” Director, NPO Potentia Advisory Board, True Data Inc.

Megumi worked in GE Capital Japan for 10 years prior to the current role. After the Great East Japan Earthquake in 2011, she led a Women Support Team at citizen’s volunteer organization, supporting women in evacuation centers and temporary houses complex in Tohoku. In June 2011, she set up the RQ Women’s Support Center, which in June 2013 was transformed into the NPO Women’s Eye (WE). WE focuses on empowerment of women who are active at grassroots level in the community. In the context of local gender issues and cultural background, Megumi founded “Grassroots Academy Tohoku,” a leadership training focused on personal growth for the next generation women leaders and local entrepreneurs in Tohoku, where more than 100 young women participated since 2015. For the COVID-19 crisis, she formed a research project with support groups and researchers, and conducted 16 surveys from 2020 to 2022, including “Socio-economic Impacts of Covid-19 on Children in Single Mother Households in Japan Marking the Children’s Day, May 2021”, and conducted advocacy activities through the publication of reports. She served as W20 Japan delegate from W20 Japan (2019) to W20 Indonesia (2022).

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