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Celebrating Women as Change Agents in Post-Disaster Tohoku

Join us as Megumi Ishimoto of NPO Women's Eye and Dr. Jackie F. Steele, a political scientist, share how diverse young women are serving as grassroots agents of progressive change in Tohoku as they #PressforProgess.

Thursday March 15th / 19:00 - 22:00 / Members ¥2000 (Associates ¥1500) / Guests (Women only) ¥5000 / Students and Interns (Women only) ¥3000 (includes salad/finger food buffet and soft drinks/wine)

March is an important month in both Japan and around the world, with March 8th marking International Women’s Day and March 11 commemorating the 7th anniversary of the Great East Japan Earthquake, Tsunami and Nuclear Meltdown. In the years since 3.11, we have seen increased attention and appreciation around the world of the vital role women play in post-disaster recovery and reconstruction.

For our March monthly meeting, we welcome Megumi Ishimoto, trailblazing Executive Director of NPO Women’s Eye, and Dr. Jackie F. Steele, a political scientist (UTokyo) who experienced 3.11 as a new mom; this led her to research the intersections of diversity/disaster risk in Tohoku. The panel discussion will examine how diverse young women in the disaster-affected regions of Tohoku are serving as grassroots agents of progressive change as they actively rebuild their communities from the bottom up.

Japan is an aging society facing significant declining birthrates. Young women in Japan often prefer the opportunities in larger and more urban cities. These trends have contributed to a crisis of community survivable all across Japan’s rural regions. In 2018, creating women-friendly cities through meaningful policies for women’s economic and political empowerment is not simply the right choice for democratic progress, it is a demographic and economic imperative for the survival of small cities and towns across Japan. Yet many local decision-makers continue to misunderstand the critical impact of women’s dis/empowerment upon community survival and disaster resilience.

The panel discussion will introduce Megumi and Jackie’s collaboration of 3 years and share insights from both practitioner and political scientist perspectives about their respective work in support of young women’s empowerment and rebuilding of community in Tohoku.

Performance Poetry

Using the power of poetry, one of the youngest academy participants, Kaede Nagashima from Fukushima (2017 Seattle Academy participant), will recite a poem expressing a child’s experience of 3.11.

Photography Exhibit

Steele’s UTokyo-funded photo/research exhibit on diverse young women leaders from Tohoku will offer a visual tour of the grassroots activities led by the young women, and features photography by Hiromi Furusato (Ishinomaki), one of the 2018 Los Angeles Academy participants.

Invite your friends and colleagues, and join us for a celebration of women pressing for progress in Tohoku and around the world! As the panel discussion and exhibit will demonstrate, there is much we can learn from our sisters in Tohoku in terms of community advocacy, social entrepreneurship, underground networking, women’s leadership in male-dominated spheres, and how women are innovating to become catalysts of change at the local level and beyond.

Megumi Ishimoto, NPO Women’s Eye

Megumi Ishimoto Photo

Originally from Wakayama Prefecture, Ms. Ishimoto holds a Master’s Degree in Human Security from Tokyo University. Her own experience of combining work with correspondence education, night school, and graduate school has led to a strong interest in providing educational opportunities for women. Since founding NPO Women’s Eye, she has continued to work alongside local women in addressing the problems faced by women in the disaster areas. Megumi’s objective is to realize a society where a woman has opportunities to empower herself and fully utilize her capacity to participate in leading a community to secure everyone’s life, livelihood, and dignity.

Jackie F. Steele

Jackie F. SteeleJackie is Canadian feminist political scientist focusing on the integration of women and diversity into democratic institutions and policy-making in advanced democracies. Over the past 20 years she has worked for a rural municipal government in Nagano, has been a researcher-activist with the Canadian and Québécois feminist movements, and has taught and pursued comparative research at universities in Canada and Japan. Following experiences of 3.11 in Sendai as a new mom, her research in Japan is innovating new feminist philosophies of disaster risk governance through two collaborative research projects, including one tracking the personal aspirations and citizenization of young women community leaders in Tohoku.


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Event Details

Name
Celebrating Women as Change Agents in Post-Disaster Tohoku
Date
Thursday March 15th
Time
19:00 - 22:00
Cost
Members ¥2000 (Associates ¥1500) / Guests (Women only) ¥5000 / Students and Interns (Women only) ¥3000 (includes salad/finger food buffet and soft drinks/wine)
Venue
Minami Azabu Centre Hall
Address
4-12-25 Minamiazabu, Minato-ku, Tokyo 106-0047
Website
http://www.centre-hall.com

Event Details

Name
Celebrating Women as Change Agents in Post-Disaster Tohoku
Date
Thursday March 15th
Time
19:00 - 22:00
Cost
Members ¥2000 (Associates ¥1500) / Guests (Women only) ¥5000 / Students and Interns (Women only) ¥3000 (includes salad/finger food buffet and soft drinks/wine)
Venue
Minami Azabu Centre Hall
Address
4-12-25 Minamiazabu, Minato-ku, Tokyo 106-0047
Website
http://www.centre-hall.com

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