24 Sep 2017
Shoko Noda, UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative in the Maldives
Every year on the International Women’s Day I publish an op-ed. This year I wrote “Reaching beyond the glass ceiling”, and shared my personal experiences in facing the glass ceilings and walls in school and at work in Japan. “This is an article our daughters should read and mine, growing up, certainly will”, read an email. Indeed, a lot of colleagues and friends reached me out to say how encouraging my piece was and that it resonated in their daily lives. While pleasantly surprised, I felt frustrated that many continue to face similar experiences every day both at home and at work. Are we getting there at all? While there is still a long way to go, I believe we have overcome many hurdles and made giant leaps towards our goal. And I am proud that I joined UNDP to ride this journey. After completing my first year in a Japanese company, I knew that as a woman my career progression would be limited in my own country, and revived my original dream of working for the development sector. I believed that an international organization would give me a better chance to explore my potential and dedicate myself to development work.