"I think among other things, I had upset the teacher by climbing trees with the boys during PE class", writes Shoko Noda (third from left).

Reaching Beyond the Glass Ceiling

On International Women’s Day, Shoko Noda, UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative in Maldives, shares a personal story of growing up and working as a woman in Japan and the pressing need to empower women to break the glass ceiling. Halfway through fourth grade, I opened my report card …