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Help us improve Asian Breeze!

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We would like to know what you think about Asian Breeze so we can meet readers’ needs and improve our work. Please help us by completing this short survey, which will only take about 1-2 minutes. All responses will remain confidential.


Read Asian Breeze No.90 here.


Deadline: November 1, 2021


Two respondents will be selected to each win a towel handkerchief from IMABARI×SHIMA-SHIMA featuring a unique Kokura-ori design (pattern may vary). Kokura-ori was a traditional textile that was produced at the beginning of the 17th century by the feudal clan in the Kokura area of southern Japan.

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.


Copyright: Kitakyushu Forum on Asian Women

Important notice about registration and YouTube Live Streaming
NGO CSW65 Virtual Forum “Youth talk: climate action and gender”

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We are excited to receive overwhelming number of reactions to the announcement about our NGO CSW65 Virtual Forum Parallel Event “Youth talk: climate action and gender.”


Please note that the registration process requires up to 48 hours. According to the latest information from the NGO CSW/NY, there is also a limit for the total number of registrants that can use the Virtual Forum Platform. As such, we strongly recommend early registration as they are starting to reach the maximum.


In response to popular request, we also plan to live stream the webinar on YouTube. To subscribe our channel, click here.


In the event any unforeseen technical issue prevents the live streaming, we are considering to upload an archived video of the webinar on our YouTube channel at a later date. Details will be announced on our website as well as on our Facebook page.


Thank you for your understanding.

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