|June||One of the AWEP founding members Meets a Philippine woman who
came to Japan in search of the Japanese man who fathered her child.
|August||The Asian Women’s Empowerment Project is founded to help women
find jobs back in their own countries.
|October||AWEP practices a fair trade income improvement program with a
Philippine NGO staff.
|January||The Great Hanshin-Awaji Earthquake occurs. AWEP starts support
activities for foreigners living in and around Kobe.
|June||AWEP starts selling the fair trade products by the Philippine income
|February||AWEP opens our office at the Takatori Rescue Base set up at the
Takatori Catholic Church.
|March||The first study tour is conducted (to the Philippines).|
|September||AWEP launches its cooperation with the Baan Tho Fan Project
|March||An event, “Nepalese Women Now” is held to learn about Nepal.|
|July||The second study tour is conducted (to Thailand).
An international symposium, “Asian Migrant Workers Now,” is
held with guests from the Philippines, Thailand and Malaysia.
|March||The third study tour is conducted (to Indonesia).|
|June||An event, “Indonesia Now” is held to learn about Asia.
AWEP starts its regular living guidance/counseling services for
foreigner earthquake survivors.
An accessory recycling business is launched as a job-creating
project for foreign resident women in Japan.
AWEP turns fair trade product sales into a community business.
|August||The fourth study tour is conducted (to the Philippines and
|March||The Philippine’s new product show at the Fureai Kobo (Kobe)
|April||Takatori Community Center (TCC) is founded. AWEP becomes
A series of 6 lectures, “Do you know any foreign women
living in your local communities?” is held.
|December||The fifth study tour is conducted (to Nepal).|
|AWEP co-hosts a seminar, “Protect Women’s Human Rights by
Learning Laws” with Women’s Net Kobe.
|March||A training session, “Recycle your Accessory” is held.|
|May||AWEP publishes a booklet, “As a Local Community Member.”|
|July||The sixth study tour is conducted (to Indonesia).|
|October||An event “Want to Learn Overseas Child-Rearing Circumstances”
Is held to learn about Asia.
AWEP launches a small loan system, “Asian Women’s
Empowerment Small Bank”.
|June||A seminar, “Traditional Textile and Women’s Lives in Asia” is
|September||An exhibition, “Asian Cloth and Women’s Handwork” is held.
The “Batic Tryout and Seminar” is held (in Indonesia and in the
AWEP holds a series of 5 seminars, “Seminar for Women’s
|August||AWEP holds a series of 5 seminars for community activity
promotion, “Tryout International Cooperation.”
|March||AWEP holds the 10th Anniversary commemoration lecture, “Asia,
Women and Earthquake Disaster” and publishes the
|May||AWEP office is moved to a temporary location in Shin-Nagata
with Takatori Community Center for the reconstruction of Takatori
|October||AWEP holds a series of 6 seminars, “Getting Employment or
Starting Business: Seminar for Foreign Women.”
An event, “Multi-Cultural Field Trip for Children” is held.
An exhibition, “Asian Cloth” is held at the Dawn Center, Osaka.
|October||AWEP opens its own sales base, Fair Trade Shop Yu, in the
Dawn Center, Osaka.
|December||The Usha Titikshu Nepal photography exhibition is held at the
|June||AWEP sends relief money to Indonesia to help Java Earthquake
|June||A series of 5 lectures on multi-cultural society, “Painting
Workshop for Parents and Children” is held.
|August||AWEP holds an “IT Class for Resident Foreigners.”|
|October||AWEP launches an e-mail communication service, “Anshin
Tsushin” to help foreign women residents get practical
Information on daily living in Japan.
|January||AWEP commissions its fair trade business to Liaison, a fair trade
|May||AWEP office moves back to TCC with the reconstruction of the
Takatori Catholic Church completed.
|January||AWEP restarts its fair trade business as its own business.|
|March||The Fair Trade Shop Yu is closed.|
|April||AWEP publishes a booklet, “Fair Trade That AWEP Aims…
|February||A seminar, “The Indonesian Fair Trade from the Producers’
Viewpoints” is held.
|November||A booklet, “Manual for Living in Japan for Foreign Women
Residents” is published.
|November||AWEP starts discussion meetings, “Positive Discussion on the
Future of AWEP” for handing leadership over to new generation.
A fair trade seminar, “Japan and the Philippines Connected by
Fair Trade” is held.
|February||AWEP publishes a catalog of fair trade goods.|
|March||AWEP co-hosts “DV Survivor Supporter Training Course” with
“NGO Network for Foreigners’ Assistance KOBE.”
|July||AWEP participates in Hyogo Alternative Study Group meetings.|
|November||A Saori hand-weaving trainee is accepted from Shakti Samuha,
a women’s empowerment organization in Nepal.
|December||AWEP holds a fair trade festival, “Let’s Learn about, Enjoy and
Try Fair Trade.”
|January||AWEP receives the Kamenori Award.|
|November||AWEP wins a subsidy from Yamanaka Eiko Memorial Fund.
AWEP holds an opinion-exchange party with the women
recipients of “Tips and Info from AWEP.”
|January||AWEP holds An exhibition, “Warm Knitwear and Asian Cloth: Fair Trade for
Creating Women’s Jobs .”
|September||AWEP acquires the Non-Profit Organization status.
AWEP renews its logo.
The 20th anniversary booklet, “Hand-in Hand with Asian
Women” is published.
AWEP celebrates its 20th anniversary with the event, “Hand-
in-Hand with Asian Women: 20 years of AWEP and Fair Trade.”