Monday, March 01, 2010


Monday, March 1
American documentary film screening "Hip-Hop: Beyond Beats & Rhymes"
Location: Uplink Factory in Shibuya,
Organized by
Looking for cosponsors and donors who can share information on gender
issues and domestic violence in Japan.
Event Details:

Friday, March 5, 7:00-9:00
Being a more effective supporter and volunteer in 2010: Sarajean’s
3-part workshop series
#2: So what does your organization do? PR and outreach tips for nonprofits
Location: TELL community center, Minami-Aoyama
Participation fee: 2500yen per session/2000yen for FEW or PSC members
To RSVP, contact Sarajean at
For more workshop information visit:

Friday March 5
Symphonies for Strings champagne concert, Oji Hall (Ginza)
Tickets: Group ¥5,500 each; Single ¥6,000;
Email at, or phone (03) 3588 0738, or order
online at

March 5 - March 7
Three yoga classes will be held with proceeds donated to Room to
Read's Girls' Education Program in India.
Location: The classes will take place in various locations in Kamakura
and Zushi.
For details, contact
Organized by Room to Read Shonan Group

Saturday March 6, 1:30-4:30
Symposium on Domestic Violence (Japanese)
Venue: Yokohama Gender Equity Center
Sponsored by UNIFEM Yokohama

Sunday March 7
International Women’s Day March/Parade in Central Tokyo
Anyone wishing to join, put together a group for the parade or who can
help out is asked to contact for more
Organized by Space Allies

During International Women's Year 1975, the United Nations began
celebrating March 8 as International Women's Day. In December 1977,
the UN General Assembly adopted a resolution proclaiming a United
Nations Day for Women's Rights and International Peace. Since then,
each year around the world, International Women's Day (IWD) has
celebrated throughout the month of March with hundreds of events
occurring all over the world. IWD is an occasion to review how far
women have come in our struggle for equality, peace and development
and also offers an opportunity to unite, network and mobilize for
change. Each year a collation of nonprofit organizations, governments
and women's groups from around the world choose a different theme that
reflects current global and local gender issues. In recent years, IWD
has focused on the violence facing women in homes and in conflict all
over the world. This year the theme is Equal rights, equal
opportunities: Progress for all
If you would like to write an article related to this theme you can
post on the IWD website where women are sharing news from all over the

Monday, March 8, 6pm~
International Women’s Day Concert
Local singer Sorcha Chisholm is getting together with many of her
talented friends for the “Women’s Day Polaris Concert at The Pink Cow
in Shibuya.
It will be a fantastic night of local women musicians, painters and
dancers and loads of special guests. We expect it to be a fabulous,
fun event so come early for great Pink Cow food and the best seats!
Entry fee: ¥2000 (w/ 1 drink) proceeds go to Polaris Project - for a
world without slavery
Location: The Pink Cow. 1-3-18 Shibuya, Shibuya-ku, Villa Moderna B1

Friday March 12, 12:30 ~2:00
PSC Networking luncheon: Open to nonprofit NGO volunteers and staff
and anyone who wants to get involved in community service. Meet people
from different organizations, share information about volunteering,
and events. Bring your fliers and brochures!
Location Sugis
FEE: Pay as you go => Order what you like from the menu.
RSVP by Monday March 8 and we will send you
participants list and agenda

Tuesday, March 16, 12noon - 8.30pm
Opening Ceremony: 11:30am
20th Anniversary Art of Dining Exhibition
Location: The Westin Tokyo, Yebisu Garden Place, Kaede Rm B1 (Ebisu Stn)
Minimum donation: 3,500 yen, pay at the door or in advance from RIJ;
tickets include raffle prize draw
For more information contact
RIJ website:

Tuesday, March 16, 2010, 7:30pm - 10:30pm
"Maternal mortality in Sierra Leone"
Location:Amnesty International Japan National Office, Kyodo Bldg. 2F,
2-2 Kandanishiki-cho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 101-0054
Topic: Maternal mortality in Sierra Lione:Demand dignity and
reproductive rights for women in Sierra Leone
Game,Presentation, Video, letter-writing & discussion on maternal
mortality in Sierra Leone
Location: Amnesty International Japan National Office,
Kyodo Bldg. 2F, 2-2 Kandanishiki-cho, Chiyoda-ku,
Tokyo 101-0054
For map to venue and more information:

Thursday March 18, 6:30 - 8:00
HANDS report from Kenya on mother-child health care (in Japanese)
Location: World Bank info center (PIC Tokyo)
Get more information:

Friday, March 19, 7:00-9:00
Being a more effective supporter and volunteer in 2010: Sarajean’s
3-part workshop series
# 3 Grassroots organizing: mobilizing people to take action
Location: TELL community center, Minami-Aoyama
Participation fee: 2500yen per session/2000yen for FEW or PSC members
To RSVP contact Sarajean at
For more workshop information visit:

Saturday, March 20, 10:30~12:30
JEN Supporter Orientation
Location: JEN Tokyo HQ in Iidabashi
Sign up by writing to with your contact information.
General information:

Saturday March 20, 2010, 3pm~6:30pm
Launch Party for the NEW NGO OASIS JAPAN!
Since July of 2009, Oasis Japan has been actively involved in the
installation of a new rain water purification system in Mexico City,
an area suffering from an acute shortage of safe water supply.
Location: JICA Chikyuu Hiroba, Cafe Frontier, 1F
Access: Hiroo station, Hibiya Line 1 minute walk from Exit#3
Please sign up for the event by email.
Participation fee: 2500 yen(advance tickets)drink, snack, 2 tickets
for the lottery
3000yen (at the door) drink, snack, 1 ticket for the lottery

Saturday- Monday, March 20-22, 10:00~20:0
Photo Exhibition: Taste the World, Beautiful Moments in Daily Life
Location: Futagawa Tokyo center 2F gallery
For more information contact
Or visit the website:

Friday, March 26,13:30 - 19:00
International Symposium on Children's rights (in English and Japanese)
Polaris will be speaking on commercial sexual exploitation of Japanese
children at 『Symposium on the Convention on the Rights of the Child
"Challenges for the Rights of Children"』
Place: International Conference Room at the Ministry of Foreign
Affairs of Japan, Tokyo
This Symposium is organized by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Co-organized by UNICEF Tokyo Office and Japan Committee for UNICEF.
Please visit the MoFA website for more information and registration:

Saturday, March 27 2 - 4 pm
Oxfam Japan IVG English Workshop: World Trade and the Uneven Balance of Power
Participation fee: Y1000
Location: Oxfam office in Ueno
Reservations: Email
This workshop has a maximum of 15 participants. If you are unable to
come, please mail in advance to cancel your reservation.

Sunday, March 28, 8:45-6:00
A full-day of presentations & workshops by experienced, successful
women focusing on hands-on learning. The seminar, organized and led by
experienced, successful female business leaders and mentors, consists
of a series of hands-on workshops and skill-building sessions, to
equip participants with the tools necessary to enhance their lives and
careers in Japan. Some of the workshops topics for the day include
Managing your Online Indentity, Ways to Rock your Resume, Succeeding
in the Japanese Workplace and Creating Your Best Life.
Temple University Azabu Hall.
The CSS pre-registration fee is ¥12,000; pre-registration for FEW
members and students is ¥10,000; registration on the day is ¥15,000.
Morning refreshments, lunch and a wine reception are included in the
ticket price.
For more information, please visit:
Fill Out the Form and Send in to REGISTER
Contact: Mary Fidler Email:

Sunday March 28,7.30pm - 10pm
Oxfam Charity Pub Quiz at Heaven's Door
Join us for our monthly pub quiz in Shimokitazawa. Have a beer and
give your brain a workout!
Where: Heaven's Door, Shimokitazawa (
Y1000 to play. Everyone welcome.
For more information see
All proceeds go to Oxfam Japan.

Monday, 29th of March from 7 to 10pm
GreenMondays: this month’s speaker: Nhat Vuong
Location: TeTe. Azabu Juban Crossing - just across the street from Gonpachi.
Cost: 3,000 yen including a sumptuous buffet and 1 drink per person.
RSVP: Not necessary
Nhat Vuong has an ambitious project - a future social
network that will help reducing the gap between the NPOs and their
supporters like never before. Concerned people will be able for the
first time in Japan, to make donations by using their mobile phones to
support the organizations of their choice. is more than a donation platform, it is an empowering tool
for the NPOs and the general public to show that we have the power in
our hands, to create the change that we want to see. Find out what
this project is all about.

March 29-31
FEW Spring business wear drive - date changed to May 2010, please keep
your suits and other business wear for those in need. We will also be
accepting some clothing for children and youth living in orphan
support centers. More information coming soon. If you can help us out
or have any questions drop us a line:


April 3-4, 2010.
Peace Not War Japan! Presents Spring Love Harukaze
Mark your calendars now
in Yoyogi Park, promises another exciting lineup of music and peace
events...hopefully once again amidst a backdrop of the cherry blossoms
in full bloom!

Saturday April 17 10-6:00pm
TUJ NGO Management Program: Volunteer Management workshop
Last day to register: April 9
Location and Venue access: TUJ Azabu Hall
For more information contact: Tel: 03-5441-9864, E-mail:
To register or for more information visit their website:

Saturday, April 17, 10:30~12:30
JEN Supporter Orientation
Location: JEN Tokyo HQ in Iidabashi
Sign up by writing to with your contact information.
General information:

Monday, April 19, 7pm - 10pm
VOICES FOR JUSTICE - Human Rights Watch Fundraising Dinner
Minimum donation: 50,000 yen per person
To sign up:

April 23-25, 2010.
Trailwalker 100km hike in team benefiting Oxfam Japan, an NGO acting
for reducing poverty

Saturday, May 15, 10:30~12:30
JEN Supporter Orientation
Location: JEN Tokyo HQ in Iidabashi
Sign up by writing to with your contact information.
General information:

Wednesday May 26, 19:00~21:30
A Night for the Benefactors of Doctors of the World Japan
Residence of France (French Embassy)
Minimum donation: 25,000 yen per person

See Sarajean’s notes:
For a list of organizations working in domestic violence in Japan

Make a difference: job and volunteer opportunities
Volunteer Opportunities
Two Board Positions at Refugees International Japan
Events & Activities Director: responsible for coordinating information
relating to events and activities organized for Refugees International
Japan with the Management Board and volunteer members, maintaining a
supervisory role and providing support when requested.
Marketing and PR Director: responsible for coordinating all RIJ
marketing, publicity, media contact and publications.
Volunteers can work from home or at the RIJ office and at times to
suit their work and family commitments. Even as little as an hour a
week can make a difference. And you are guaranteed to meet some
wonderful dedicated people and have fun! For further information,
contact Jane Best:

The Oxfam Japan IVG aims to create awareness within Japan about the
issues Oxfam deals with, and raises funds to support Oxfam’s work. An
entirely volunteer-run group of people from all over the world with a
desire to make a difference and have fun! They run workshops, pub
quizzes, parties, charity auctions and much more. They are now calling
for new volunteers and board members to sign up for 2010. Term: April
2010 to March 2011. If you are interested in a board position or
volunteering your time and would like more information, please email by February 15th. For more

Oxfam Japan, is looking for volunteers for Oxfam Trailwalker Japan 2010.
Held on April 23-25, Trailwalker teams of four tackle a 100km trek
from Odawara, Kanagawa, to the Yamanakako lakes in Yamanashi over 48
hours, raising funds for OXFAM Japan projects aimed at eradicating
poverty. Since the first Japan Trailwalker, volunteers have raised
almost \200 million. Executive Director Akiko Mera expects this to be
their biggest year yet, but they need more than 700 volunteers to make
the event happen! So even if you cannot do the hike, why not help out?
Please visit our site for details: or
for more info contact them by email:

HANDS OPENINGS: Application deadline: March 8
1. Program officer: management of international projects, new and on
going project planning and funding, event management, report writing,
Tokyo based
Get details:
2 Project support staff: project management, field work
Get details:
3 Kenya office staff: managing all local projects, working with local
staff, reporting to Tokyo HQ
Get details:
4. Administrative management staff: accounting, bookkeeping, basic
administrative duties
Get details:

Regular organizational meetings:
FEW (Foreign Executive Women) has regular meetings on the 2nd Thursday
of each month featuring a speaker or a panel of speakers (in English)
with a light buffet beforehand. Venues vary. Fee 3000yen/members
6000yen nonmembers including drinks and light meal. Get more
information on themes, cost and venue:

Green Mondays has regular meetings on the 4th Monday of each month
featuring a speaker or a panel of speakers on an eco-related theme (in
English). For more information:

FWLA (Foreign Women Lawyers Association) has regular meetings on the
first Tuesday of each month featuring a speaker or a panel of speakers
with a light buffet beforehand. Venues vary. RSVP is required for
meetings to: For further information visit:

Help wanted!
Does your org need volunteers or interns? If so please send us the
info and we will send it out in our next listing!

Upcoming events
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Event title
Location and Venue access details
Participation fee:
Registration info (where applicable)
For more information contact: contact person name with contact info
(email, phone, fax)
Coordinating organization.
URL for event and/or org