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MARCH 8 International Women’s Day

History of Women’s Day


International Women’s Day is celebrated in many countries around the world. It is a day to recognise the achievements of women regardless of national, ethnic, linguistic, cultural, economic or political differences.

From the outset, International Women’s Day has had a global perspective for women in both developed and developing countries, and the international women’s movement, which has grown with the last four UN World Conferences on Women, has contributed to making this anniversary a rallying point in favour of women’s rights and participation in political and economic fields. The UN Women’s Day was held in 2024 at the UN International Women’s Day.


The main theme of UN International Women’s Day 2024 is ‘invest in women: Accelerate progress”. The five areas where joint action is needed are,


1.Investing in women a human right issue

2.Ending poverty 

3.Implementing gender-responsive financing

4.Shifting to a green economy and care society

5.Supporting feminist change-makers


Did you know?


-In 1984, Australia announced the world’s first ‘Women’s Budget’ and many  countries followed suit.

-However, budgets for gender equality are very low.

-Only 5% of the budget (Official Development Assistance budget) is dedicated to women.

The UN celebrated International Women’s Day for the first time in 1975 on 8 March. We invite you to learn about the history of women’s rights and the UN’s contribution.

ONLINE Seminar “Living in Crisis” (The 34th Kitakyushu Conference on Asian Women)

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The conference will be held on Saturday, January 20, with Part 1 as a seminar (Online, or On-site participation) and part 2 as a music concert (On-site participation only).

 We are in a time of serious crisis: conflicts, climate change, food and energy shortages, and more.

Under the many difficult circumstances, we will consider “peace” and “environment” with gender perspective in this conference.

You can join only the Part 1 with Zoom.


 20-Jan. (Sat.), 2024    13:30-15:15(JST)

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 ONLINE Seminar Living in Crisis

 PART1: Approach to the Environment with Gender Perspective

Keynote Speaker;

 Mr. MATSUSHITA Kazuo, Professor Emeritus of Kyoto University


  Ms. MORI Yurika, Ph.D. student, University of Kitakyushu, Japan

  Ms. Hanie Ismail, Co-founder, Nol Sampah Indonesia


  * Simultaneous interpretation in English

* Free Registration

  * Zoom Webinar (500 participants max.)



Scan to access the registration form


Register online (Deadline: 15-Jan. (Mon.))



[ONLINE Seminar] “Can Domestic Violence Perpetrators Change?”

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The lecturer realized his own perpetration after his wife took shelter and started an organization to support people suffering from domestic violence and the perpetrators.

How did he change?

He will share their experience as a couple.




Mr. NAKAGAWA Taku (“FFP”, Japanese NPO)

Ms. NAKAGAWA Aiko (“FFP”, Japanese NPO)


Friday 10 November, 2023 13:30-15:30 (JST)

* Please make sure your country time



Simultaneous interpretation in English

Free Registration

Zoom Webinar (200 participants max.)



Scan to access the registration form


Register online

Deadline: Nov. 2 (Thu.)


◆Zoom Webinar

・Download the Zoom app as necessary

・Simultaneous interpretation in English/Japanese

・The Japanese summary transcription is available to watch.

・A link to access the webinar will be emailed by Nov. 8.

◆Live screening at MOVE

・Available in Japanese only

・The Japanese summary transcription is available to watch.




Organized by Kitakyushu Municipal Gender Equality Center “MOVE” & Kitakyushu Forum on Asian Women (KFAW)


[Apology] Regarding the occurrence of a problem on the contact form page

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From November 28, 2022 to November 29, 2022 at 9:30 a.m., there was a problem with the contact form on our website.

We have confirmed that the problem has been resolved and the form is now working properly.

We deeply apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused.

We will make every effort to prevent the recurrence of such a problem in the future.

Video “History of KFAW” has been uploaded!

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We created a video presenting the history of KFAW from its inception until today.

Please take a look!


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