Welcome to the Equality in ELT in Japan webpage. This website was inspired by The Fair List and Gender Equality in ELT in the hope of creating more diversity and correcting the imbalance of gender when it comes to ELT speakers at events and meetings. For far too long in Japan, there has existed an observable bias in favour of male academics for panels, keynote speakers, plenaries and chapter presentations within our professional community – often ignoring the voices of the many talented and well spoken female educators working in this country. It is our hope that this website will be utilized by conference organizers and teacher associations so that the excuse, “We couldn’t find any women” will never hold credibility.
The issue gender imbalance, while often viewed as a “woman’s issue,” needs men to also step forward and take a stance. We invite men to stand alongside women in the field by signing the pledge to not sit in on panels or be speakers at events where there is an obvious lack of diversity. We need male teachers and female teachers both to speak out and we invite you to help raise awareness.
If you are interested in learning more about Gender Awareness and Language Education in Japan, please visit the JALT GALE page.
See also: Editors