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What's KFAW


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    The Kitakyushu Forum on Asian Women (KFAW) was established in October of 1990 with a special government fund for revitalization project. In 1993, the Forum was recognized as a Foundation by the Ministry of Labour (the present the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare). The purpose of our Foundation, through various projects, is to promote the improvement of women's status as well as their mutual understanding and cooperation in Asia.


KFAW's Goals

Grassroots Participation
KFAW fosters citizens' participation through grassroots activities related to Asia.

Comprehensive Coverage of Women's Issues
KFAW studies and researches broadly, deeply and comprehensively women's issues.

Creation of a New Identity for the City of Kitakyushu
KFAW, by promoting international exchange and cooperation, is creating a new identity for Kitakyushu City

Global Outlook
KFAW is contributing to "Gender Equality, Development and Peace" while respecting the diversity of Asian cultures.



KFAW's Symbol


アジア女性・研究センターロゴマーク

    The official name of Asia Josei Kooryuu Kenkyuu Forum in English is Kitakyushu Forum on Asian Women (KFAW). Below is this organization's symbol mark.

    Our new symbol represents a combination of "A" and "a". The "A" is for Asia and the "a" is for advancement. Their combination symbolizes cooperative growth in the advancement of Asian women.

Its image is infinite potential.
Orange refers to the sun, women and Asia.
Green refers to nature, intelligence and delightfulness.



Seminars Held in Kitakyushu for World Government Officers Responsible for Gender Policies - Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) Seminars


    Since 1992, in a bid to improve the status of women mainly in the Asia-Pacific region, KFAW has held an annual seminar with the theme "Gender Mainstreaming Policies." The seminar is commissioned by JICA. In 2002, KFAW was awarded the Special Merit Prize for International Cooperation by JICA.
    The seminar has attracted many government officers responsible for gender policies: 310 officers from 86 countries (as of the end of the fiscal 2011). After studying gender mainstreaming policies in Kitakyushu, they are now very active all over the world.

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The United Nations and KFAW


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    At KFAW, we promote our activities not only in Kitakyushu but also in other areas of Japan and overseas, serving as a bridge between women in Kitakyushu and in other parts of the Asia-Pacific region.
    Since 1995, when we received observer status to participate in the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women (CSW), we have participated in the CSW as an observer. In July 2002, KFAW became the first non-government organization (NGO) based in the Kyushu region to acquire NGO Special Consultative Status to the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC).
In November 1992, in order to support the United Nations Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM), KFAW established the UNIFEM Japan Committee under cooperation with the Liaison Committee for the International Women's Year and the Yokohama Women's Association. KFAW then became a full member of the UNIFEM Japan Committee. In July 1994, KFAW began to play a role as the secretariat of UNIFEM Kitakyushu, a regional committee that provided support to the UNIFEM Japan Committee.
    In January 2011, UNIFEM was renamed as UN Women. In response, in April 2011, the name of UNIFEM Kitakyushu was also changed to Kitakyushu Committee of Japan National Committee for UN Women (UN Women Kitakyushu).


The Kitakyushu Conference on Asian Women


    For the purpose of considering the problems of women in Asian countries and promoting the empowerment of Asian women through mutual understanding and international cooperation, we hold the Kitakyushu Conference on Asian Women annually. With some presenters invited from overseas, the Conference includes lectures, panel discussions, and breakout sessions.


Expanding Foreign Networks


    KFAW has established networks with overseas gender-related organizations. Through the conclusion of exchange agreements and other activities, we promote interaction in order to share problems and experiences regarding gender equality in Japan and other Asian regions.


Management of the Municipal Gender Equality Center


    KFAW serves as a special designated body to manage the Kitakyushu Municipal Gender Equality Center (MOVE). Since fiscal 2011, we have acted also as a special designated organization to manage Kitakyushu Women's Community Centers (in Seibu and Tobu areas of Kitakyushu).


Forum History


2013 March Participated in the U.N.CSW57. KFAW organized a parallel event "Kitakyushu Forum on Asian Women and the Prevention on Dating/Domestic Violence" in New York.
February Held the World Report Seminar (Fifth Japan-Korea Joint Seminar) "Multicultural Coexistence in Japan, Korea and the U.S."
2012 December Organized the 23rd Seminar on KFAW Research Activities
November The 22nd Kitakyushu Conference on Asian Women was held under the theme of "Get United - To Eliminate Violence against Women and Girls"
March Participated in the U.N.CSW56. A KFAW chief researcher reported under the theme of "Empowerment of Japanese Rural Women - Under the Influence of Economic Globalization and the Great East Japan Earthquake" at a parallel event in New York
January Held the World Report Seminar on "Japanese MANGA and youth Culture in East Asia"
2011 November Held the 4th Japan-Korea joint seminar on "Comparison between Japan and Korea in Child-Rearing Support Networks"
The 21st Kitakyushu Conference on Asian Women was held under the theme of "Child Rearing Environment in the World : Children, Parents and Society"
September Concluded Agreement on Exchange and Cooperation with Incheon Development Institute.
Visited Chungcheongnam-do Women's Policy Development Institute, Korea
August KFAW Dispatched Dating DV fcilitators for high school and college in Kitakyushu City. (~March, 2012) Approximately 5,000 students have joined.
July Opened "The 8th Seminar on Gender Mainstreaming Policies for Government Officers (commissioned by JICA)"
April Designated as a special management body to manage and operate the MOVE, Kitakyushu Tobu Women's Community Center (East) and Kitakyushu Seibu Women's Community Center (West) on behalf of the Kitakyushu City Government.
March Participated in the U.N.CSW55. A KFAW chief researcher reported under the theme of "Rural Women Empowerment" at a pararell event in New York
January Held an international symposium "Intermarriage and Multisulturarism" with the University of Kitakyushu
Held a program of KFAW Preventive Education on Dating DV for Future Facilitators
2010 November A KFAW foreign correspondent visited high schools in Kitakyushu and implemented an international exchange program under the theme of "The tips of fruitful high school life"
The 21st Kitakyushu Conference on Asian Women was held under the theme of "Child Rearing Environment in the World : Children, Parents and Society"
October KFAW was commended as a supporting member at the 20th ceremony of the Japan Society of East Asian Studies
Held the World Report Seminar on "Domiciled Foreign Women and the Local Community"
September Opened "The 8th Seminar on Gender Mainstreaming Policies for Government Officers (commissioned by JICA)"
July Received a congratulatory message from Dalian Women's Federation for the 15th Anniversary of the Kitakyushu Municipal Gender Center MOVE's establishment as a Foundation
June Joined the 3rd Korea-Japan joint seminar commemorating Chungcheongnam-do Women's Policy Development Institute's 11th anniversary on the measure of promoting women's political participation in Korea and Japan.
Visited Dalian Women's Federation and discussed the exchange in future.
March Participated in the U.N.CSW54 and held a joint seminar on an empowerment of women with CWPDI, Korea, in New York.
February Opened "The 8th Seminar on Gender Mainstreaming Policies for Government Officers(B) (commissioned by JICA)".
2009 November Concluded a memorandum of understanding with CWPDI on academic exchange.
The member of Incheon Social Welfare Coucil visited KFAW and MOVE.
The 20th Kitakyushu Conference on Asian Women was held under the theme of "Asian Women Today".
October Organized a seminar "Women in Singapore Now" with the Embassy of the Republic of Singapore.
September Dalian Women's Federation visited KFAW (MOVE) by the charter flight which commemorated the 30th anniversary of the friendship agreement between Kitakyushu and Dalian.
Held the 2nd Japan-Korea international symposium "From the Earth to Dining Table-Let's think about food safety from gender perspective."
August Held an exchange program between Kitakyushu YMCA and a group of students from the Oriental Faculty of Chelyabinsk State University (7 students).
Organized a seminar "The Meaning of Michelle Obama: The Evolving Role of the First Lady" with the US Consulate Fukuoka.
July Opened "The 8th Seminar on Gender Mainstreaming Policies for Government Officers(A) (commissioned by JICA)".
June Established A KFAW Network of Asian Researchers.
March Ms. Yoshiko Misumi resigned her position as Chair, took office as an advisor.
The secretariat work of the Kitakyushu ESD council transferred to the Environment Bureau of Kitakyushu City.
Participated in the U.N.CSW53 in New York. A KFAW chief researcher gave a presentation on the theme of "Necessity of East Asian Networks for Elderly Care."
February Opened "The 14th Seminar on Gender Perspective in Environment and Development (commissioned by JICA)".
2008 November Organized the First Japan-Korea International Seminar "Female International Migrants' Current Status of Cultural Conflicts and Health Problems in Japan and ROK" with CWPDI.
The 19th Kitakyushu Conference on Asian Women was held under the theme of "Eat the Earth, Eat on the Earth".
September Held a special commemorative lecture titled on "Women's Current Status in Asia-pacific Region" commemorative for the 15th Anniversary of KFAW.
June Participated in an international meeting organized by Chungcheongnam-do Women's Policy Development Institute (CWPDI). Ms. Yoshizaki, the president of KFAW gave a presentation on "Human Resources Development for Women: The Present Status and Career Development Policies in Japan" at the Baekseok University in Korea.
Opened "The 7th Seminar on Gender Mainstreaming Policies for Government Officers (commissioned by JICA)".
May A delegation from Inchon YWCA (11 people) visited KFAW.
April Prepared for the Establishment of the KFAW Asian Researchers Network.
March Visited Incheon Metropolitan City, one of Kitakyushu's sister cities.
January Opened "The 13th Seminar on Gender Perspective in Environment and Development (commissioned by JICA)".
2007 December Organized a seminar on the situation in Myanmar under the theme of "Current Conditions of Human Rights Violations against Women in Myanmar and Aung San Suu Kyi's Pro-Democracy Movement" with the US Consulate Fukuoka.
November The 18th Kitakyushu Conference on Asian Women was held under the theme of "Let's Think Together and Create a More Sustainable Future".
October Organized a study tour on ESD (Education for Sustainable Development) to Korea to learn about progressive ESD approaches.
June Opened "The 6th Seminar on Gender Mainstreaming Policies for Government Officers (commissioned by JICA)".
April Ms. Yoshiko Misumi took office as the second Chair, Ms. Kuniko Yoshizaki as the fifth President and Ms. Hiroko Hara as an Advisor.
KFAW became a bureau of Education for Sustainable Development.
March Carried out a study tour to Australia on "Empowerment of Aboriginal Women, Art and Community."
February Opened "The 12th Seminar on Gender Perspective in Environment and Development (commissioned by JICA)".
2006 December Recognized as the fourth RCE (Regional Centre of Expertise) by the United Nations University to promote Education for Sustainable Development in Kitakyushu City.
November The 17th Kitakyushu Conference on Asian Women was held under the theme of "Creating a Just and Plentiful Future : What is the Education for Sustainable Development?".
October Based on A Centennial History of Women in Kitakyushu (Japanese), KFAW published The 100 Years History of Women of Kitakyushu from Newspapers' Perspectives (Japanese).
September Established the Kitakyushu ESD (Education for Sustainable Development) Council (44 local organizations).
July Opened "The 5th Seminar on Gender Mainstreaming Policies for Government Officers (commissioned by JICA)".
April Designated as a special management body to manage and operate the Kitakyushu Municipal Gender Equality Center (MOVE) on behalf of the Kitakyushu government (FY2006-2010).
February Held the "Kitakyushu Resident's Environmental Forum towards the Creation of the World Environmental Capital." Dr. Wangari Maathai, the Nobel Pease winner, was invited as the keynote speaker.
Opened "The 11th Seminar on Gender Perspective in Environment and Development (commissioned by JICA)".
January Organized a study tour on "Thinking in India about the Human Rights of Women and Children."
2005 December Published A Centennial History of Women in Kitakyushu (Japanese).
November The 16th Kitakyushu Conference on Asian Women was held under the theme of "Women Who Have Made History".
June Opened "The 4th Seminar on Gender Mainstreaming Policies for Government Officers (commissioned by JICA)".
February Participated in the 49th Session of the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) on the occasion of the tenth anniversary of the Fourth World Conference on Women (New York, USA).
Opened "The 10th Seminar on Gender Perspective in Environment and Development (commissioned by JICA)".
2004 November The 15th Kitakyushu Conference on Asian Women was held under the theme of "Gender and Human Security towards Beijing+10".
June Opened "The 3rd Seminar on Gender Mainstreaming Policies for Government Officers (commissioned by JICA)".
March Participated in the High-level Intergovernmental Meeting to Review the Regional Implementation of the Beijing Platform for Action and Its Regional and Global Outcomes organized by UN ESCAP (Bangkok, Thailand)
February Opened "The 9th Seminar on Gender Perspective in Environment and Development (commissioned by JICA)".
2003 October Executed Projects to mark the 10th Anniversary of KFAW's establishment as a Foundation
The 14th Kitakyushu Conference on Asian Women was held under the theme of "Women's Empowerment and ICT".
June Opened "The 2nd Seminar on Gender Mainstreaming Policies for Government Officers (commissioned by JICA)".
February Opened "The 8th Seminar on Gender Perspective in Environment and Development (commissioned by JICA)".
2002 October The 13th Kitakyushu Conference on Asian Women was held under the theme of "Grassroots Proposals for Our Future : for Developing Gender-equal and Sustainable Society".
August Participated in the World Summit on Sustainable Development (the Senior Researcher of KFAW worked as an advisor to the Japanese Government Delegation), and held workshops.
July KFAW was accredited with NGO Special Consultative Status to the UN Economic and Social Council. KFAW was the first NGO in Kyushu to gain such status.
KFAW was awarded the Special Merit Prize for International Cooperation for 2002 from the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA).
June Opened "The 1st Seminar on Gender Mainstreaming Policies for Government Officers (commissioned by JICA)".
April Kitakyushu Women's Center was renamed the Kitakyushu Municipal Gender Equality Center.
March Participated in the 46th Session of the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) in New York, USA.
February Opened "The 7th Seminar on Gender Perspective in Environment and Development (commissioned by JICA)".
2001 November The 12th Kitakyushu Conference on Asian Women was held under the theme of "An Autonomous Healthy Life in a Gender Equal Society".
July Opened "The 11th Seminar for Government Officers on the Improvement of the Status of Women (commissioned by JICA)".
April Ms. Hiroko Hara took office as the first Chair, Ms. Yoshiko Misumi as the fourth President and Ms. Hisako Takahashi, Former President, as an Advisor.
February Opened "The 6th Seminar on Gender Perspective in Environment and Development (commissioned by JICA)".
2000 November Received an award for Community Development in the World from the Minister of Home Affairs.
September The 11th Kitakyushu Conference on Asian Women was held under the theme of "Environment in Asia and the Pacific".
July Opened "The 10th Seminar for Government Officers on the Improvement of the Status of Women (commissioned by JICA)".
February Opened "The 5th Seminar on Gender Perspective in Environment and Development (commissioned by JICA)".
January Organized a Study Tour for Women Entrepreneurs to San Francisco, USA.
1999 November The 10th Kitakyushu Conference on Asian Women was held under the theme of "Towards a Gender Equal Century : Women 2000' and Beyond".
July Opened "The 9th Seminar for Government Officers on the Improvement of the Status of Women (commissioned by JICA)".
April Initiated the Japan Society Local Government and Public Policy Fellowship Project.
February Opened "The 4th Seminar on Gender Perspective in Environment and Development (commissioned by JICA)".
1998 November The 7th Kitakyushu Conference on Asian Women was held under the theme of "Mainstreaming Gender for Sustainable Development in Asia".
October 10 Celebrated the 5th anniversary of the establishment of the foundation.
July Opened "The 8th Seminar for Government Officers on the Improvement of the Status of Women (commissioned by JICA)".
March 24 Ms. Hisako Takahashi took office as 3rd President of KFAW.
February Opened "The 3rd Seminar on Gender Perspective in Environment and Development (commissioned by JICA)".
1997 November The 8th Kitakyushu Conference on Asian Women was held under the theme of "Women and Education".
September A "Visiting Researchers Program" was launched.
July Opened "The 7th Seminar for Government Officers on the Improvement of the Status of Women (commissioned by JICA)".
February Opened "The 2nd Seminar on Gender Perspective in Environment and Development (commissioned by JICA)".
1996 November The 7th Kitakyushu Conference on Asian Women was held under the theme of "Women and the Media".
July Opened "The 6th Seminar for Government Officers on the Improvement of the Status of Women (commissioned by JICA)".
February Opened "The 1st Seminar on Women in Environment and Development (Commissioned by JICA)."
1995 November The 6th Kitakyushu Conference on Asian Women was held under the theme of "Women and Labor".
September Received observer status to participate in The United Nations Commission on Status of Women, and participated in the Fourth World Conference on Women as an observer. KFAW also participated in the conference NGO Forum and held a workshop.
July Opening events for the Kitakyushu Women's Center were held.
Opened "The 5th Seminar for Government Officers on the Improvement of the Status of Women (commissioned by JICA)".
June 22 Mr. Hachiji Okuda took office as the second President.
April 1 KFAW was commissioned by the City of Kitakyushu to manage and operate the Kitakyushu Women's Center.
1994 November The 5th Kitakyushu Conference on Asian Women was held under the theme of "Women and the Family".
July Opened "The 4th Seminar for Government Officers on the Improvement of the Status of Women (commissioned by JICA)".
February Ms. Hisako Takahashi, President, was appointed Supreme Court Judge and resigned from office. Ms. Yoshiko Misumi, Managing Director, became the Acting President.
Opened "The 3rd Seminar for Government Officers on the Improvement of the Status of Women (commissioned by JICA)".
1993 November The 4th Kitakyushu Conference on Asian Women was held under the theme of "Population and Our Earth's Future".
October 1 Became a Foundation (President - Ms. Hisako Takahashi)
February Opened "The 2nd Seminar for Government Officers on the Improvement of the Status of Women (commissioned by JICA)".
1992 November When the UNIFEM Japan Committee was formed to support the United Nations Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM), KFAW became a full UNIFEM member and member of the Liaison Committee for the International Women's Year, together with the Yokohama Women's Association.
The 3rd Kitakyushu Conference on Asian Women was held under the theme of "Women in Environment and Development".
March Opened "The 1st Seminar for Government Officers on the Improvement of the Status of Women (commissioned by JICA)".
1991 December The 2nd Kitakyushu Conference on Asian Women was held under the theme of "Women in Decision-Making".
May Recruitment of KFAW foreign correspondents began. (This annual project has continued ever since.)
March The 1st Kitakyushu Conference on Asian Women was held under the theme of "Asia and Women Today".
The 1st edition of the information magazine Asian Breeze was published.
1990 October 20 The Kitakyushu Forum on Asian Women (KFAW) was officially established. (1 st President - Ms. Hisako Takahashi)
June The 1st Asian Seminar was held. (This seminar has been held annually ever since.)
1989 December 26 The Master Plan Committee proposed a revision of the provisional name to the "Kitakyushu Forum on Asian Women." The revision was approved.
November 1 The "Committee for Formulating a Basic Plan for the Asia Women's Forum" was established.
August 23 The Asia women's Forum (provisional name), as a "System for research on and training of Asian women," was chosen from 101 entries as the City of Kitakyushu's "Project for community conceived and led regional development (Project for revitalizing local Communities)."