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President Mitsuko HORIUCHI

I am very pleased and honored to take up the post of President of the Kitakyushu Forum on Asian Women (KFAW) on April 1, 2013. This is particularly so, because for the past 18 years I have been engaged in promoting human development in Asia, including gender equality and a better future for children at different organizations such as the U.N., universities and NGOs.


In 2013, KFAW celebrated its 20th anniversary of establishment as a foundation and was authorized as a public interest incorporated foundation by the Cabinet Office. In this commemorative year, we are renewing our commitments to work for empowerment of women and gender equality in Asia and Kitakyushu City. We will do this by means of research and exchange programs and through practical activities.


Recognizing the great challenges that KFAW must face in an ever changing world, we know that we must do more, and we must do it better. For these efforts we count on your support.
Let me add that as for myself, I am very much looking forward to working with and for the women in the Forum. It is my sincere hope that we will be able to strengthen our engagement with the region on gender issues in deeper and more significant ways.