YWCA of Japan: Letter of Protest Against the Revision of Special Measures Law to Tackle New Types of Influenza and Other Infectious Diseases

The Japanese Government made a cabinet decision on a bill to revise the special law special measures law to tackle new types of influenza and other infectious diseases (hereafter “special law”) as a prevention measure against COVID-19 spread, which will enable the announcement of a “state of emergency”. The bill was submitted to the Diet and was enacted without adequate discussion on 13th May.

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YWCA(Young Women’s Christian Association)is an international NGO where, upon a Christian foundation, women from around the world exceed the barriers of language and cultures and work together to encourage women’s participation in society and to realize a peaceful world where human rights, health and environment is protected. The movement began in Great Britain in 1855, and nowadays, it works in more than 100 countries throughout the world. The YWCA of Japan works with 24 local YWCAs and 37 junior and senior high-school YWCAs, and holds ESOSOC consultative status since 2019.