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32nd Kitakyushu Conference on Asian Women (KCAW 2021)
ICT and women: empowering women in the digital age

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Important notice to KCAW 2021 participants:

On November 4, 2021, the Zoom link to access the Webinar was emailed to all those who registered for the Conference. Should you not have received it despite registration, please contact us at  


Information and Communication Technology (ICT) plays a key role in every sphere of the present society. Along with the recent measures to fight against the COVID-19 pandemic, digitalization/automation is further promoted. A number of positive effects on human lives are emanating from ICT. Such positive effects include production of huge data which is of great help to formulate evidence-based policies, human power saving operations in factories and offices, large volume of bank transactions, generating employment, alleviating poverty and promoting social movements, and more. In addition, the conference will also consider the challenges that ICT imposes on our lives such as cyber security.  


Furthermore, gender inequality will be tackled at the KCAW 2021. The UN/International Telecommunication Union (ITU) has indicated that there is a 17% gender gap in the Internet use globally. This means that 250 million fewer women are online than men.


The low participation of girls and women in science field has lead STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) education for them to receive high attention.


ICT is a potent force of development. In order to attain inclusive development and the principle of the SDGs to “leave no one behind,” the conference will discuss good practices of empowering women in NGOs and the private sector in Asia and the Pacific region.


The conference program is available here.



Date / Time:

Friday, November 5, 2021

1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. (JST/GMT+9)



Zoom Webinar (max. 500 participants)


Free live screening also available at the Kitakyushu Municipal Gender Equality Center MOVE, Large Seminar Room (5F) (max. 50 participants)

  • Language of screening will be Japanese.
  • Live screening at MOVE may become canceled depending on the severity of the spread of COVID-19.


Registration fee:



Services provided:
  • Simultaneous interpretation in English/Japanese
  • Nursery service available for viewers at the live screening at MOVE
    • Eligibility: pre-school children over 6 month old
    • Fee: JPY 500 per child
    • Registration required by Oct. 29, 2021



Deadline extended! – Register by October 29, 2021  November 3, 2021 by completing this registration form.  

  • Places are limited.  First come, first served.
  • No registration fee is required.

Please address any inquiries to:


About Zoom:
  • Please download the Zoom app prior to the conference.
  • A link to access the webinar will be emailed by November 4, 2021. If you do not receive it, please contact KFAW at
  • All participants must provide a valid email address at the time of registration.



In case of a discrepancy between the Japanese and English versions of this web page, the version in Japanese will prevail.

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Call for Presenters – 32nd Kitakyushu Conference on Asian Women

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KFAW is looking for presenters who are willing to take part in the 32nd Kitakyushu Conference on Asian Women (KCAW 2021), to be held in Fall 2021. The conference theme is going to be: ICT and women: working toward an equal society. Please refer to the detailed conference theme provided towards the end of this page.


Successful candidates will be asked to give a 10-minute presentation on the theme of ICT and Women, with a focus on at least one of the following subtopics:


  1. Impact of ICT on changes/convenience of daily lives
  2. Impact of ICT on education or employment
  3. Impact of ICT on social connectivity among people (e.g., #ME TOO)


The language of the presentation is to be either Japanese or English.


The application guideline is as follows:


Conference date

November 5, 2021 PM


Online (Zoom)

You may participate remotely (no need to travel to KFAW on the day of the event).

Available positions

2 or 3

  1. Must be Interested in both ICT and gender issues and be willing to work actively to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in the future;
  2. Must be able to participate via Zoom (on the day of the event and prior meetings)


Please note:

  • There is no restriction on citizenship, place of residence, or mother tongue. Priorities will be given to applicants from Japan and other Asian countries.
  • Applications from those aged below 40 are strongly encouraged.


Deadline &
how to apply

Submit this webform on or before May 31, 2021

Selection results

Results will be communicated in mid-June 2021.

Contact us

Please direct any inquiries to Public Relations:

TEL: +81 93-583-3434



KCAW 2021
Conference theme

Main theme: ICT and women: working toward an equal society



  1. Impact of ICT on changes/convenience of daily lives
  2. Impact of ICT on education or employment
  3. Impact of ICT on social connectivity among people (e.g., #ME TOO)


Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) have brought about Artificial Intelligence (AI), Big Data, and Digital Transformation (DX), giving profound impacts on all aspects of our daily lives. For example, ICTs contribute to the expansion of social and economic development, employment, and social movements. In addition, the use of ICTs became essential to our lives in 2020 as the world adapts to working in the “new normal” in the COVID-19 pandemic. More than ever before, people rely on ICTs for information, work, conducting business, accessing education, etc.


While the pandemic highlighted the importance of ICTs for the continued functioning of societies, it has also uncovered the alarming digital inequalities between and within countries, accentuating the disparity between those who are able to make the most of ICTs and those who are not. In fact, differentiated socioeconomic impacts of the digital divide on men and women have become more prominent.


Equal participation of women is imperative in all fields involving ICTs. As such, education and professional development of women and girls in STEM fields (i.e., science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) are also urgently called for.


At KCAW 2021, we will discuss how we can promote gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls in the ever-developing digitalized information society.

Call for Applications – KFAW Foreign Correspondents 2021-2022

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The Kitakyushu Forum on Asian Women (KFAW) is looking for three Foreign Correspondents (FCs) to take part in information collection and analysis on gender equality and women’s empowerment. The term of appointment is from July 1, 2021, to March 31, 2022.  Interested candidates must submit their applications by May 31, 2021.


For information on how to apply, please refer to the application guideline.


A testimonial from a former correspondent is available on our Facebook page.


Please direct any inquiries to Public Relations at



Now available on YouTube – “Youth talk: climate action and gender”
NGO CSW65 Virtual Forum Parallel Event

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A recorded video of Youth talk: climate action and gender, held on March 21, 2021 as part of the NGO CSW65 Virtual Forum, is now available on YouTube. Enjoy streaming here until April 30, 2021.


The video can also be accessed below. After you watch it, please complete this questionnaire.


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