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Peace and Disarmament

Back to listNov 14, 2005

American Futurist Dr. Hazel Henderson Meets Soka Gakkai President and Lectures

Dr. Henderson (2nd from left) meets with Mr. Akiya (right)

On November 13, Soka Gakkai President Einosuke Akiya met with Dr. Hazel Henderson, world renowned futurist, evolutionary economist, worldwide syndicated columnist and consultant on sustainable development, at the Josei Toda International Center in Shinjuku Ward, Tokyo. Dr. Henderson stated it is important for women to gain equal opportunities to participate in peacebuilding, such as in diplomatic negotiations. Mr. Akiya praised Dr. Henderson for taking an active role in guiding humanity's future, and expressed his concurrence with her vision that the 21st century should be an age in which women are given full respect.

Dr. Henderson meets with students

In the afternoon, Dr. Henderson gave a lecture at the same venue, hosted by the Soka Gakkai Young Women's Peace and Culture Conference (YWPCC). Attendees included YWPCC members in Tokyo Metropolitan Area and representative Soka Women's College students and staff. In her lecture, Dr. Henderson pointed to the adverse effects of globalization rooted in competitive economics that disregards human cooperation and sharing. She introduced the concept of what she calls the 'love economy'--child care, volunteerism and other self-help efforts--which has been missing from the GNP, yet makes up half of all economic activity. Emphasizing women's inherent potential to contribute to building a peaceful and harmonious society, she said women's increased participation in society, in full partnership with men, will restore a balance among economy and all human endeavors. In the end, Dr. Henderson stated that, apart from economics, general improvements to the quality of life--in areas such as education, environment, health, and human rights--must be considered as a new indicator for measuring humanity's progress. She encouraged young women to develop the courage and wisdom needed to become leaders in their respective fields in society.