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The 15th Kitakyushu Conference on Asian Women (’04 KCAW)

Updated 11/25/200

This conference has finished. Documents are available below.

November 6 & 7, 2004 (Sat & Sun)
Gender and Human Security: Toward Beijing + 10

Venue: Kitakyushu Gender Equality Center “MOVE”
(11-4 Otemachi, Kokurakita-ku, Kitakyushu-shi 803-0814, JAPAN)


The 15th KCAW in 2004 focuses on “Gender and Human Security”. Human security is a concept that stresses individual’s security in addition to traditional state security to protect people from pervasive threats to human lives, livelihoods and dignity, and thus enhance human freedoms and human fulfillment. It also emphasizes both “protection” and “empowerment” of people and communities in the context of conflict as well as development. In the “Intellectual Dialogue on Building Asia’s Tomorrow,” held in December 1998, Japanese Prime Minister Keizo Obuchi expressed his views on human security. Subsequently, Commission on Human Security was established in the United Nations.


Saturday, November 6

10:00-12:30 (2F Hall)
  • Video Message            
    Ms Sadako Ogata        
        President, Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA)

  • Keynote Speeches            
“Toward Beijing +10”    
Ms Patricia B. Licuanan
Chairperson, Asia Pacific NGO Forum
President, Philippine/Miriam College
(Former Chairperson, UN Commision on the Status of Women)

 “Gender and Human Security”    
Ms Kuniko Inoguchi
Professor, Sophia University
(Former Permanent Representative and Ambassador of Japan to the Conference on Disarmament)


Workshops (2F Hall, etc.) (Workshops are held simultaneously.)

  • Session 1            
Human Security and Conflict Prevention, Conflict Management and Peace Building
Conflict and the breakdown of public order is one of the reasons that human security is under threat. We will examine from the perspective of gender equality, conflict resolution, peace building post conflicts and the prevention of further conflicts. Following this, while keeping the current worldwide situation and experience in the field in mind, we will hold a discussion on methods which allow peace to be built through empowering women.
[Overseas Panel]           
Ms Irene M. Santiago  
Chair and CEO, Mindanao Commission on Women
(Executive Director of the NGO Forum on Women ’95 in China)

[Japanese Panels]       
Ms Etsuko Kita
Professor, Japanese Red Cross Kyushu International University of Nursing

Ms Kiyoko Furusawa
Associate Professor, Keisen University

Mr. Yasunobu Sato     Professor, Graduate School of International Development Nagoya University

  • Session 2        
Human Security and Poverty in Globalization
Poverty is an element that threatens human security. This deepening poverty problem and the expanding differential between the rich and the poor have become prominent with the globalization of economies. After analyzing the situation from the perspective of gender, we will discuss what strategies and concrete measures can be adopted, through empowering women, to overcome the problem of poverty within the now globalized economic environment.
[Overseas Panel]     
Ms Momina Yari   
Program Manager, Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission (AIHRC)

[Japanese Panels]         
Ms Yoko Kitazawa

Mr. Michiya Kumaoka
Representative, Japan International Volunteer Center (JVC)

[Moderator ]       
Ms Yukiko Oda     KFAW Chief Researcher

  • Session 3        
Human Security and Marginalized People, Especially Women
Along with globalization, there is a gradual increase in migrants. Also problems such as human trafficking are also starting to appear in new forms. We will discuss strategies and measures to guarantee the human rights, empowerment and safety of, the disabled, those in extreme poverty, minority ethnic groups, refugees and displaced persons and people for whom education and medical services are not accessible.
[Overseas Panel]       
Participant from the Ministry of Women’s Affairs of Transitional Islamic State of Afghanistan

[Japanese Panels]       
Ms Ruri Ito
Professor, Institute for Gender Studies, Ochanomizu University

Ms Mariko Sato
Human Settlements Officer, UN-HABITAT Fukuoka Office

Ms Masami Shinozaki   
Professor, Kumamoto Gakuen University
KFAW Chief Researcher


Plenary Session (Main Seminar Room)

Ms Yoshiko Misumi
President, Kitakyushu Forum on Asian Women (KFAW)

Sunday, November 7
Presentation on Joint Research Project (Main Seminar Room)


Reports by KFAW Chief Researchers
Integrating Gender Perspectives in Sustainable Development

Ms Yukiko Oda    
Empowerment of Women Farmers in Asia

Ms Masami Shinozaki
Professor, Kumamoto Gakuen University

Ms Pin Zhuang
Dean Professor, Continuing Education of Shandong University

Reports by KFAW Visiting Researchers
Comparative Studies on Irregularization of Female Workers in Japan and Korea: The Analysis of Irregularization of workers from gender perspective in Korea

Ms Nobuko Yokota
Professor, Yamaguchi University

Ms Hwang, Soo Kyeong
Research Fellow, Korea Labor Institute
Law, Poverty and Gender ~Legal Pluralism and Access to Justice of Poor Women in Vietnam~

Mr. Yasunobu Sato
Professor, Graduate School of International Development Nagoya University

Ms Pham Thi Hue
Researcher, Institute for Family and Gender Studies, Vietnam
Study about Measures for HIV/AIDS among Youth and Women in Myanmar

Ms Yoko Tsurugi
Medical Doctor, University of Occupational and Environmental Health

Related Events will be held in conjunction with

An Exhibition of Poetry Works and Pictures

‘The Landmine’s footprint–Exhibition of illusrations by the children of Bosnia-Herzegovina’
Ms Mineko Koyama (Poet, children’s writer and essayist)
Term: Monday, November 1 — Sunday, November 7
Venue: Kitakyushu Municipal Gender Equality Center “MOVE”, 1F “Move” Plaza etc.