Brief History of AWEP

JuneOne of the AWEP founding members Meets a Philippine woman who
came to Japan in search of the Japanese man who fathered her child.
AugustThe Asian Women’s Empowerment Project is founded to help women
find jobs back in their own countries.
OctoberAWEP practices a fair trade income improvement program with a
Philippine NGO staff.
JanuaryThe Great Hanshin-Awaji Earthquake occurs. AWEP starts support
activities for foreigners living in and around Kobe.
JuneAWEP starts selling the fair trade products by the Philippine income
improvement Program.
FebruaryAWEP opens our office at the Takatori Rescue Base set up at the
Takatori Catholic Church.
MarchThe first study tour is conducted (to the Philippines).
SeptemberAWEP launches its cooperation with the Baan Tho Fan Project
MarchAn event, “Nepalese Women Now” is held to learn about Nepal.
JulyThe second study tour is conducted (to Thailand).
An international symposium, “Asian Migrant Workers Now,” is
held with guests from the Philippines, Thailand and Malaysia.
MarchThe third study tour is conducted (to Indonesia).
JuneAn 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.
AugustThe fourth study tour is conducted (to the Philippines and
MarchThe Philippine’s new product show at the Fureai Kobo (Kobe)
is held.
AprilTakatori 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.
DecemberThe 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.
MarchA training session, “Recycle your Accessory” is held.
MayAWEP publishes a booklet, “As a Local Community Member.”
JulyThe sixth study tour is conducted (to Indonesia).
OctoberAn 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”.
JuneA seminar, “Traditional Textile and Women’s Lives in Asia” is
SeptemberAn 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
AugustAWEP holds a series of 5 seminars for community activity
promotion, “Tryout International Cooperation.”
MarchAWEP holds the 10th Anniversary commemoration lecture, “Asia,
Women and Earthquake Disaster” and publishes the
commemorating book.
MayAWEP office is moved to a temporary location in Shin-Nagata
with Takatori Community Center for the reconstruction of Takatori
Catholic Church.
OctoberAWEP 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.
OctoberAWEP opens its own sales base, Fair Trade Shop Yu, in the
Dawn Center, Osaka.
DecemberThe Usha Titikshu Nepal photography exhibition is held at the
Gallery Yu.
JuneAWEP sends relief money to Indonesia to help Java Earthquake
JuneA series of 5 lectures on multi-cultural society, “Painting
Workshop for Parents and Children” is held.
AugustAWEP holds an “IT Class for Resident Foreigners.”
OctoberAWEP launches an e-mail communication service, “Anshin
Tsushin” to help foreign women residents get practical
Information on daily living in Japan.
JanuaryAWEP commissions its fair trade business to Liaison, a fair trade
MayAWEP office moves back to TCC with the reconstruction of the
Takatori Catholic Church completed.
JanuaryAWEP restarts its fair trade business as its own business.
MarchThe Fair Trade Shop Yu is closed.
AprilAWEP publishes a booklet, “Fair Trade That AWEP Aims…
Women’s Handcraft.”
FebruaryA seminar, “The Indonesian Fair Trade from the Producers’
Viewpoints” is held.
NovemberA booklet, “Manual for Living in Japan for Foreign Women
Residents” is published.
NovemberAWEP 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.
FebruaryAWEP publishes a catalog of fair trade goods.
MarchAWEP co-hosts “DV Survivor Supporter Training Course” with
“NGO Network for Foreigners’ Assistance KOBE.”
JulyAWEP participates in Hyogo Alternative Study Group meetings.
NovemberA Saori hand-weaving trainee is accepted from Shakti Samuha,
a women’s empowerment organization in Nepal.
DecemberAWEP holds a fair trade festival, “Let’s Learn about, Enjoy and
Try Fair Trade.”
JanuaryAWEP receives the Kamenori Award.
NovemberAWEP wins a subsidy from Yamanaka Eiko Memorial Fund.
AWEP holds an opinion-exchange party with the women
recipients of “Tips and Info from AWEP.”
JanuaryAWEP holds An exhibition, “Warm Knitwear and Asian Cloth: Fair Trade for
Creating Women’s Jobs .”
SeptemberAWEP 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.”
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