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Asian Breeze

The “Asian Breeze” is a newsletter published in English and Japanese by Kitakyushu Forum on Asian Women/KFAW. It covers a wide range of up-to-date topics such as gender equality, empowerment of all of women and girls, SDGs and environmental issues and so on, allowing you to see 'Asian women today'. We hope you will enjoy reading it.



Asian Breeze No.72

  • WOMEN TODAY―”A Message to Japanese Women in Today’s World” by Ms. Caroline Bouvier KENNEDY, United States Ambassador to Japan
  • CURRENT ISSUES SERIES―”Natural Disasters, Gender Equality, and Women’s Empowerment” by Dr. Masato NINOMIYA, Professor, Faculty of Law, the University of Kitakyushu
  • FEATURES―Gender Mainstreaming Policies for Government Officers 2014″
  • FY2014/15 KFAW Visiting Researcherd and Research Themes
  • No. 72 October, 2014


Asian Breeze No.71

  • WOMEN TODAY―”Amid Hardships: Thailand Attempts to Raise the Status of Women” by Ms. Prateep UNGSONGTHAM HATA, Founder of the Duang Prateep Foundation
  • SPECIAL CONTRIBUTION―”Message to Women in Japan: Let us work together for gender equality in Asia” by Ms. Kristi POERWANDARI, Head, Graduate Program in Women’s Studies, Universitas Indonesia
  • FEATURES―KFAW Study Tour “Learn International Cooperation in the Philippines”
  • World Report “Wave the Magic Wand―In Each Communities Take Advantage of the CEDAW”
  • No. 71 June, 2014


Asian Breeze No.70

  • WOMEN TODAY―”Celecration Messages for KFAW’s 20th Anniversary”
  • CURRENT ISSUES SERIES―”Malaysia’s Bid to Attain Developed Nation Status: Enhancing Women’s Role in Economy and Its Challenges” by Dr. Ayame SUZUKI, Lecturer, Fukuoka Women’s University
  • FEATURES―The 24th Kitakyushu Conference on Asian Women
  • The 23rd KFAW Foreign Correspondents’ Reports from U.S.A., Indonesia and Pakistan

No. 70 March, 2014


Asian Breeze No.69

  • WOMEN TODAY―”Asia and Me―Decent Work, A Key Agenda Item in Human Development” by Ms. Mitsuko HORIUCHI, President, Kitakyushu Forum on Asian Women
  • CURRENT ISSUES SERIES―”Women’s Social Advancement and Birthrate Decline in Singapore” by Dr. Keiko T. TAMURA, Professor, the University of Kitakyushu
  • FEATURES―Gender Mainstreaming Policies for Government Officers 2013
  • FY2013/14 KFAW Visiting Researchers and Research Theme
  • The 23rd KFAW Foreign Correspondents Start-up Activities!

No. 69 November 2013


Asian Breeze No.68

  • WOMEN TODAY―”Japanese Women and Leadership Development” by Ms. Mariko BANDO, President, Showa Women’s University
  • SPECIAL CONTRIBUTION―”A Lesson from the Arab Spring” by Ms. Tawakkol KARMAN, 2011 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate
  • FEATURES―Reports on Participation in the 57th U.N. Commission on the Status of Women (CSW57)
  • World Report “Multicultural Coexistence in Japan, Korea and the U.S.”

No. 68 June 2013


Asian Breeze No.67

  • WOMEN TODAY―”Violence against women will only cease when men speak out and challenge the violence of men” by Mr. Chris GREEN, Executive Director, White Ribbon Campaign
  • CURRENT ISSUES SERIES―”Women’s Human Rights in Media Coverage (Part 3)”
  • FEATURES―The 23rd Kitakyushu Conference on Asian Women
  • Gender Mainstreaming in the Balkans

No. 67 March 2013


Asian Breeze No.66

  • WOMEN TODAY―”Requirement for Indixiduals Who Want to be Active on the Grobal Stage” by Ms. Yukako UCHINAGA, Director and Executive Vice President, Benesse Holdings, Inc.; Chairman of the Board, CEO and President, Berlitz Corporation; Board Chair, J-Win (Japan Women’s Innovative Network) 
  • CURRENT ISSUES SERIES―”Women’s Human Rights in Media Coverage (Part 2)”
  • FEATURES―Gender Mainstreaming Policies for Government Officers 2012
  • The 22nd KFAW Foreign COrrespondents Start-up Activities!

No. 66 October 2012


Asian Breeze No.65

  • WOMEN TODAY―”Welcome to Incheon, the Women-Friendly City” by Dr. KIM Min-Bae, President, Incheon Development Institute (IDI)
  • CURRENT ISSUES SERIES―”Women’s Human Rights in Media Coverage (Part 1)”
  • FEATURES―Activities by Dating DV Prevention Education Facilitators
  • Report on Participation in the 56th United Nations Commission on the Status of Women

No. 65 June 2012


Asian Breeze No.64

  • WOMEN TODAY―”Violence against Women is not a private matter: it’s a public crisis that demands a public response” by Ms. Michelle BACHELET, Under-secretary-General, United Nations and Executive Director, UN Women
  • CURRENT ISSUES SERIES―”Reflections on Dating DV (Part 3)”
  • FEATURES―”The 22nd Kitakyushu Conference on Asian Women”
  • Conclusion of Agreement on Exchange and Cooperation with Incheon Development Institute (IDI), Korea

No. 64 February 2012


Asian Breeze No.63

  • WOMEN TODAY―"The Third Basic Plan for Gender Equality: International Perspective" by Mr. Takashi KASHIMA, Professor, Jissen Women’s University
  • SPECIAL CONTRIBUTION―"Village of Hope: A Rwandan Couple Assists Female Genocide Victims"
  • CURRENT ISSUES SERIES―"Reflections on Dating DV (Part 2)"

No. 63 October 2011