In Vol. 16 of Coffee Conversations (7th Nov 2021), we finally met face to face for the first time in a year! We met in Laforet Harajuku, to visit Love Piece Club ! Check them out here: https://www.laforet.ne.jp/shop_search/shop435 After that we grabbed coffee and had fun conversations about our purchases, including period products and sexual pleasure products!
With the Taliban taking over Afghanistan, women, girls, and vulnerable communities are facing alarming levels of increased risk. Several media has stated that the Taliban and their supporters have forced women into marriages, closing access to education for girls and women, and physically harming women. They have taken away human rights, education, and freedom. WomEnpowered International stands with Afghan women and these vulnerable communities. Afghan women and girls hav
Redefining gender norms and building an equitable workplace in Japan post-pandemic On July 17, 2021 WomEnpowered International held our fifth Bi-Annual event, this time holding a panel discussion on gender equality in the workplace, redefining gender norms and building an equitable work environment in a post-pandemic Japan. The event focused on the paradigm shifts caused by the pandemic and its implications on gender norms. We were honored to have three fantastic panelists
WomEmpowered International has hosted the fifth session of ‘Period rediscovered.’ focusing on menopause and the importance of understanding it. We had the honour to have Dr. Yusianmar Mariani to lead the session. She graduated in 2004 from the School of Medicine of The Central University of Venezuela. She spent six amazing months of vocational training in rural Amazonia delivering primary health care services and health care education, looking after the indigenous populatio
WE Int., committed to lifting up women and shedding light on their work, introduces its members as part of the series #SheInspires. This month, we introduce to you Risa Iida through a short video interview. Risa is a student at College of Saint Benedict/Saint John's University in Minnesota, USA, and carries a strong passion for women empowerment. She joined WE Int. as an intern during her summer vacation. During her internship, she contributed significantly to the organizatio
WomEmpowered International has hosted the fourth session of ‘Period rediscovered.’ a six-part discussion series about menstruation. This event focused on lifestyle and menstruation, and started with a brief presentation by our advisor Dr. Sonia Tsukagoshi followed by a Q&A segment. Dr. Tsukagoshi talked about what can affect our periods such as diet, exercise, stress management, sleep, and substance use. We learnt that these can affect our PMS too (more information about PMS
WomEnpowered International hosted the third session of Period rediscovered., a six-part discussion series on menstruation. The event focused on different kinds of contraceptives and how they affect the body and menstruation. After a brief introduction on what contraceptives are, our team gave a short introduction to each of the following contraceptives: Combined Pill Progestogen-only Pill (POP) Contraceptive Implant Contraceptive injection Contraceptive Patch Coils (IUD/IUS)
WE Int., committed to lifting up women and shedding light on their work, introduces its members as part of the series #SheInspires. In this post, we introduce to you Majo (María José Valverde) through a short video interview. Majo is originally from Costa Rica. She has done a Dual Master's from the Graduate School of Public Policy and Sciences Po, and an internship in International organization focusing on climate finance in Korea. In this video, she mentioned why she's inter
The second session of our six-part discussion series Period rediscovered. focused on period products. How many period products can you name?
We discussed: pads reusable cloth pads washable underwear menstrual cup menstrual sponge menstrual disc The discussion was supported by our advisors, Dr. Magali Matsumiya, Dr. Yosuke Matsumiya and Dr. Sonia Tsukagoshi. First, we presented a short introduction of each product with their characteristics including cost, whether they are in
WE Int., committed to lifting up women and shedding light on their work, introduces its members as part of the series #SheInspires. In this article, we introduce to you Zilola Husenovna, who was born in Uzbekistan and now is a doctoral student at Keio University. Zilola said she's fortunate to be encouraged to do more by her parents compared with many girls in Uzbekistan. "I realized that without changing the community’s thinking, a lot of other open-minded mothers and a lot
On Saturday March 20, WomEnpowered International hosted the first session of Period rediscovered., a six-part talk series on menstruation and women’s health. The first session “Why We Menstruate” focused on the biological and physiological explanation of menstruation. We welcomed Dr. Yosuke Matsumiya, medical doctor specializing in obsteritics and gynaecology, who provided an informative and fascinating presentation on the menstrual mechanism.
His presentation importantly re
On March 16th, we held a panel discussion talking about the documentary film "It's just our family. The lively discussion focused on the journey of Elin, a linguistics professor at Aoyama Gakuin University, who 2 years ago registered her female identity in the U.S. as part of her gender transition process, and the film which captures that journey, directed by Ameya. Watch the film trailer here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0rMHchGEB2A&ab_channel=ikixstudio Film Screening:
*English follows Japanese* WE Int.では #SheInspires と題して、団体メンバーの紹介をしています。女性同士支え合い、たたえ合うこと。これもフェミニスト団体であるWE Int.の大事な役目と考えているからです。今回紹介するのは、日本人メンバーの藤井葉子さん。彼女はなんでジェンダーに興味を持ったのか、日本におけるジェンダー課題についてどう考えているか、ぜひお読みください！ WE Int., committed to lifting up women and shedding light on their work, introduces its members as part of the series #SheInspires. In this article, we introduce to you Yoko Fujii, a 2nd year student at Graduate School of Public Policy, the University of Tokyo. Born and r
How can something be experienced by half of the seven billion people in this world, and still be a taboo topic? Heck, such experiences should be perennially trending hashtags on Twitter. Somehow, though, when it comes to menstruation the best we get is misinformation and a blatant lack of education. In an attempt to break this stigma WomEnpowered International (WE Int.) is launching Period rediscovered.—a six-part discussion series to create a space where our members and thei
February 12, 2021 - WomEnpowered international held our fourth biannual panel discussion: My body, My Choice, centred around the topic of reproductive rights. Reflecting on the latest developments in Poland and Japan, the event focused on the shifts in political standards and social perspectives regarding reproductive rights through the experiences of three expat women living in Japan. Our panellists Ola, Bonnie and Clara shed light on the political, legal and social landscap
WE Int., committed to lifting up women and shedding light on their work, introduces its members as part of the series #SheInspires. In this article, we introduce to you Mahi Patki, who is majoring in environmental science at the University of Tokyo. Born in Pune, India. lived in China and England for the 12 years, Mahi found her passion for environmental issues in high school. Read what initiatives she's working on for empowering women from her experience! 1.Tell us about you
On Monday 16th November WomEnpowered International held a pilot event for a mentorship program with the Women’s Committee of the American Chamber of Commerce in Japan. The session began with personal introductions and general questions to enable all participants to get to know each other. It was a very engaging hour and a half as we shared and listened to the mentors’ professional experiences in different industries and the current projects, aspirations and challenges of our
In Vol. 11 of Coffee Conversations this morning (9th Jan 2021), we shared our experiences with menstruation. We answered questions such as: Do you remember your first period? How has it changed over the years? What is an embarrassing experience you had? What products do you use (pads, tampons, cloth pads, menstrual cups, pills)?
Thank you, everyone, for being so open, honest, and respectful. To conclude the session, we shared pieces of advice that we would give to our young
WE Int., committed to lifting up women and shedding light on their work, introduces its members as part of the series #SheInspires. In this article, we introduce you Airin Ri, an undergraduate student at Temple University Japan (TUJ), and aims to be a human rights lawyer in the future. Airin is currently the editor and chief of TUJ intersectional feminist club "UPRIZINE", which aims to create conversation and raise awareness surrounding social issues that are specific to Japa
Following our ‘El Tendedero’ event last July, WomEnpowered International held a second event in collaboration with the Mexican Embassy on Thursday 26th November to delve deeper into the topic of sexual harassment and bystander intervention in the workplace. WE Int. welcomed Hirona Hono, D&I lead at Mercari to lead a session combining theory and practical approaches to being an effective bystander. It was also an honour to have the participation of Melba Pria, the Mexican amba