Sunday, May 03, 2015

Maya will be speaking at FEW May 14!

FEW Meeting May 14: Genki in Japan 
FEW Event Announcement
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 FEW May Monthly Meeting

Genki in Japan 

~ A Panel Discussion on Diverse Approaches to Women’s Health and Well-being in Japan ~

Thursday, May 14 from 7:00 pm to 10:00 pm @ Centre Hall in Hiroo, Tokyo
What types of medicines and philosophies around well-being are there in Japan?  What is the approach that suits you best? Which ones should you try out? And how can you find your own mix between traditional, alternative and scientific medicine?
Join us for our May monthly meeting as we welcome panelists PurNIMA Sharma-David, Shiatsu Therapist & Reiki Master at Lotus Healing, Stephanie Chan from Edward Obaidey Acupuncture Clinic, Maya Ileto, GYROKINESIS® trainer and Dr. Claudine Bliah, Gynecologist/ Obstetrician at Tokyo Medial Clinic for a discussion on different approaches to women’s health and well-being of the body and of the mind, their benefits and how they are practiced in Japan. They will also share practical tips you can take home and test on yourself.
Purnima Sharma-David, Shiatsu Therapist & Reiki Master at Lotus Healing
Stephanie Chan, Licensed Acupuncturist, Chinese Herbalist & Massage Therapist,
Edward Obaidey Acupuncture Clinic

Maya Ileto, GYROKINESIS® trainer
Dr. Claudine Bliah, Gynecologist/ Obstetrician at Tokyo Medial Clinic
All women welcome!!
FEW Members 3,000 yen; Guests 5,000 yen
(includes buffet dinner & drinks)

Share with your friends what FEW is all about: 
FEW Members may bring up to two first time guests for the discounted
guest rate of 4,000 yen.
 Make a note of your guest's name when registering!!
RSVP here

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

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Monday, April 13, 2015

2015 Japanese Women’s Leadership Initiative – call for applications

JWLI is currently accepting applications – deadline 4/25. As you know, JWLI is designed for a women nonprofit leader or a women social entrepreneur in Japan.

2015 Japanese Women’s Leadership Initiative – call for applications
Deadline: April 25, 2015 – Apply Here

With a mission to empower Japanese women to become leaders and to make positive social change, the Japanese Women’s Leadership Initiative fosters the next generation of women nonprofit/social entrepreneur leaders in Japan. JWLI is a Boston-based, four-week training on nonprofit management with a 5-day graduate-level course on Strategic Leadership for Women at the Simmons College School of Management. This program is designed for women who are or have been in leadership roles for nonprofit organizations or social enterprises, as the goal is for these women to become an agent for social changes in Japan.

For more information, please see attached flyers in Japanese and English. Or, visit the online application form.

Contact Kozue Sawame at, Program Manager of the Fish Family Foundation, for questions.

Kozue Sawame
Program Manager
Fish Family Foundation
75 State Street, 21st Floor, Boston, MA 02109

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Training for Transformation: How a NPO training program can impact values in order to bring about broader change in communities

Sophia University Institute of Comparative Culture (ICC) presents

An evening with the Asian Rural Institute (ARI)
April 28, 7-9pm
Sophia University, Yotsuya Campus
Bldg. 10, room 301
Training for Transformation: How a NPO training program can impact values in order to bring about broader change in communities

Prof David Slater, Sophia University 

Tomoko Arakawa, ARI Director
Sarajean Rossitto ARI Assessment Project Coordinator, nonprofit NGO consultant 
Zacivolu Rhakho, India, Training Program Graduate, ARI staff member 
Rev. Timothy B. Appau, Ghana, Training Program Graduate, Chaplain

Prof Richard Gardner, Sophia University 

Talks in English
Open to all; no prior registration necessary

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Panelists will discuss how a distinctive leaders training program has impacted the lives of its participants over the past 40 years. The focus will be on how training can relay more than knowledge and skills but also influence values having the potential to effect broader social change. While many programs focus on skills and knowledge development alone, the Asian Rural institute (ARI) located in Tochigi Prefecture, aims to also transfer values which bring about more equitable and just communities. Stories from research as well as from current staff and former participants will share some of the changes experienced by individuals and how they are able to impact their local communities. 

Monday, February 23, 2015

FEW and International Women’s Day

International Women’s Day is celebrated each year on March 8th, and serves as an opportunity for countries, organizations and communities to reflect and review progress regarding issues affecting women.  Under this year’s theme “MAKE IT HAPPEN”, FEW will be extending the celebration to a month of activities and opportunities for people to engage in action oriented, fun and inspirational events.

FEW Calendar of International Women’s Month Events

Sunday, March 8th (Fundraiser) - FEW x Lighthouse Fundraising Event - ¥2000 - Link
Raising funds and awareness to combat human trafficking and slavery in Japan. Open to men and women.

Thursday, March 12th (Monthly Meeting) -Unequal Impact: Gender in Disasters and Actions You Can Take - ¥3000 - Link
Nonprofit NGO consultant and FEW Member Sarajean Rossitto will speak about organizations and communities striving to integrate women’s needs in their humanitarian​ response initiatives.

Sunday, March 15th (Community Building) - Brunch and Books with the Board - ¥3000 - Link
An invitation to meet the FEW Board over a brunch and discuss books that are inspiring you. Roundtable discussions designed to build and maintain dialogue and community.

Tuesday, March 24th (Skill Building) - Energize your Work Style - ¥3000 - Link
Workshop offering from FEW Strategic Partner, Lumina Learning to discover self-motivation skills.

“Everyone is a Member”

As part of our “Everyone is a Member“ campaign, all women are welcome to participate in all FEW events throughout March at a membership rate, so please do spread the word among your friends, colleagues and networks and join us in these celebrations.

Thank you for your continued support and attendance to date. We look forward to seeing you seeing you in March, hopefully!

For Empowering Women in Japan