Brief History of AWEP

1994
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.
1995
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
improvement Program.
1997
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
(Thailand).
1998
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.
1999
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
Thailand.)
2000
March The Philippine’s new product show at the Fureai Kobo (Kobe)
is held.
April Takatori Community Center (TCC) is founded. AWEP becomes
a member.
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).
2001
AWEP co-hosts a seminar, “Protect Women’s Human Rights by
Learning Laws” with Women’s Net Kobe.
2002
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”.
2003
June A seminar, “Traditional Textile and Women’s Lives in Asia” is
held.
September An exhibition, “Asian Cloth and Women’s Handwork” is held.
The “Batic Tryout and Seminar” is held (in Indonesia and in the
Philippines) .
AWEP holds a series of 5 seminars, “Seminar for Women’s
Survival.”
2004
August AWEP holds a series of 5 seminars for community activity
promotion, “Tryout International Cooperation.”
2005
March AWEP holds the 10th Anniversary commemoration lecture, “Asia,
Women and Earthquake Disaster” and publishes the
commemorating book.
May AWEP office is moved to a temporary location in Shin-Nagata
with Takatori Community Center for the reconstruction of Takatori
Catholic Church.
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
Gallery Yu.
2006
June AWEP sends relief money to Indonesia to help Java Earthquake
Victims.
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.
2007
January AWEP commissions its fair trade business to Liaison, a fair trade
Organization.
May AWEP office moves back to TCC with the reconstruction of the
Takatori Catholic Church completed.
2008
January AWEP restarts its fair trade business as its own business.
2009
March The Fair Trade Shop Yu is closed.
April AWEP publishes a booklet, “Fair Trade That AWEP Aims…
Women’s Handcraft.”
2010
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.
2011
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.
2012
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.”
2013
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.”
2014
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.”