Showing posts from June, 2007

Refugee Film preview

On July 29 we did a preview of one of the films for UN refugee agency and it was really moving - almost 30 people from very different backgrounds and lost of good discussion afterwards.
will post some photos later on.

i would encourage everyone in tokyo to make to at least one film this summer - but get there early - it gets crowded!

July 18-26 *** 2nd International UNHCR Refugee Film Festival 2007
Locations: Institut Franco-Japonais de Tokyo: (Iidabashi Station)
Goethe-Institut Japan: (Aoyama Itchome Station)
Istituto Italiano di Cultura di Tokyo: (Kudanshita Station)
Embassy of Sweden: (Kamiyacho Station)
For more information:

JICA training for leaders in health care

This training today was very interesting - very different to work with government people from so many different countries. some were doctors - some were from the health ministries and others were in health care supprot services. They came from Uganda, Bolivia, China, Tanzania, Cambodia, Jamaica and many others.

What a great experience. I am used to NGO people who have less confidence and are less sure about thier position in society.

I hope that I was able instill in them some positive ideas about working with citizens and NGOs in order to make their projects more effective. And if they could see any hope for changing or molding policy in their countries then it was worth me doing the workshop.

JICA training program

I just finished working on this project -
JICa training program focused on PWDs (person with disabilities)

I did 2 1/2 days focusing on action plan development - writing it out and presenting it.
today they did practice presentations - they were much better than i expected.

have a look at the group:

interesting idea ... bringing groups of people to japan to train them in different skills sets and then send them back home to get new projects off the ground. some people are able to do good - even just by seeing some new things and/or sharing ideas with participants from other countries.

Refugee Film Festival Special Preview

Join the PSC for a special preview

People for Social Change in collaboration with Democrats Abroad Japan, the
UNHCR and RBR Center for Creative Arts present:

Refugee Film Festival Special Preview
"Invisible Children"
* A film about children who are internally-displaced in the Northern part of
* The film is in English and has Japanese subtitles.

Friday, June 29, 7-9:00pm
Venue and access information: RBR Center for Creative Arts in Roppongi/Azabu
Approx. 15 min walk from both Roppongi and Azabu Juban stations.
1-23 Moto-Azabu 3-Chome, Minato Ku, Tokyo 03-5770-7401
Advanced registration by June 27, requested but not mandatory.
* Due to space restrictions, attendance is limited to the first 40 people
who sign up.
FREE but donations will be encouraged

Summer networking party and fundraiser

I went last year and there were 300 people - lots of fun!
NetTokyo 3 Summer Charity Networking Event » Saturday, July 21, 2007
» 12:30 pm - 4:30 pm
» 4,000 Yen in advance, 5,000 Yen at the door.

Organizations working against gender based Violence

Good to share some links - shows it is not all bad news - many people are doing good things everywhere.

Women’s Human Rights Net




Rape crisis cape town

Amnesty Stop Violence Campaign

Resilience - Japanese only

Freedom 21 - Japanese only

16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence - NGO Campaign

Family Violence Prevention Fund


Clothesline project

Clothesline project Japan

Articles about violence against women

i never think of my self as a feminist - but maybe i am just because i feel so stronly about being equal. read a few of these articles and get motivated to do something ...

Local issues - info in English about Japan:

Domestic violence in Japan .

Domestic Violence in Japan

II Journal: Japanese women confront domestic violence

These resources have info on a lot more than gender based violence but good references for details and stats:

UNIFEM Articles and resources

The World’s Women 2005

Issues facing non-Japanese in Japan

I rarely see this type of stuff locked in my very Japanese world ....
there are many people involved in law suits.

Debito is keeping track of cases and incidents and these records will help us all in the future.

Interesting for anyone wanting to know what is going on with anti-discrimination work in Japan.