Sunday, August 04, 2013

August 2013 Tokyo Community Events - updated on Aug 5!

Below is your events listing for August. Please share the info below with your friends or introduce them to this site. Send upcoming event info by the 25th of the month to
 I hope to see YOU at some upcoming programs !

Sunday, August 11, 6:00 pm  – 9:00 Party
New Diplomacy Initiative Establishment Commemorative Party
Discussion with Oliver Stone: Japan and America's Untold Relationship 
Place: Restaurant Alaska
Japan Press Center Building, 10th floor 2-2-1 Chiyoda-ku, Uchisaiwai, Tokyo
Ticket: 20,000 JPY
Find out more!

Saturday, 24 August, 9:0017:00 and Sunday, 25 August, 9:0017:00
Polaris Project: Two-day Course on Human Trafficking and Victims Aid
Venue: The Wesley Center
For more information:

Thursday, August 29   20:00-22:30

Bilingual Music Quiz Night to End Slavery
【Where】 THE FootNik Ebisu (
【How much】 1000 yen
*Drinks and food are not included. Please order individually at the counter.
**Raffle is 1000 yen per 1 ticket.
【Register】Email with your name and email address
to register by Monday, August 26th.

Find out more! 

Saturday August 31 10:0015:00 
WOMEN IN DISASTER Capacity building seminar
At the Fukushima Gender Equality Center
For more information:

Saturday August 31 13:0017:30 
Human rights seminar in Ishinomaki, Human rights in disasters
Venue: Ishinomaki Minan Hall
For more information:

Sunday August 31 , 11:30 am - 2:30 pm
FEW Summer Brunch @Two Rooms Grill Bar
Limited seating, so signup early:
Find out more:
August 31 - September 8
Aichi Women’s Festival, Short film competition


Wednesday September 11, 7:00-9:30
FEW MONTHLY meeting: Beyond Networking: Building your Relationship Capital with Elizabeth Handover and Julie Matsui
NEW VENUE:  Centre Hall, 3F Minami Azabu Centre, 4-12-25 Minami Azabu, Minato-ku, 106-0047 6 minutes walk from Hiroo Station, near New Sanno Hotel.

Saturday Sept 14, 10:00-12:00
Continuing Education INFORMATION SESSION
Venue: Azabu Hall
2-8-12 Minami Azabu, Minato-ku,
Tokyo 106-0047
Tel:    0120-86-1026 (Toll Free)  03-5441-9864
Find out more:
NGO classes in Fall semester: NGO Management (Saturday mornings), NGO English (Tuesday nights)  and Community Organizing (1 day workshop in December)

Monday, September 16 - Tuesday, September 17 10 :00 – 18:00 each day
ARI’s 40th anniversary: “Transformation at the Grassroots” – 40 Years of Walking with Rural Leaders

Saturday, September 21st 1pm- 4pm
FEW Clothing Swap: Fashion Forward
Venue: La Tour Aobadai Apartment Bldg 21st floor Sky Lounge, 3-6-28 Aobadai Meguro
Price: FEW members: 1000 yen; guests: 1,500 yen includes drinks and snacks and the room fee. Plus a small donation to our community services partners.
Great time to do a little Spring cleaning- clean out your closet AND getting some cool new things without spending a small fortune.
This event is limited to 25 guests, so secure spot today:

Thursday, September 26, 7:00-9:30
Paragons of Culture: The Soft Power of the Japanese Emperors
Speaker: Ben-Ami Shillony, Professor Emeritus at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel
Institute of Contemporary Asian Studies, Temple University, Japan Campus


Friday October 4, 2013 6:30 p.m. – 12:00 a.m.
Run for the Cure Casino nite!
Venue: The Westin Tokyo
Ticket: 15,000 yen (includes dinner and drinks)
Find out more:

Friday November 8 6:30 p.m. – 12:00 a.m.
RIJ Executive Fight Night III at the Grand Hyatt Tokyo
More details:
Friday, November 22nd from 5:30 p.m.
The Connoisseurs' Auction,
Annual fundraiser for TELL
Venue: Embassy of the Republic of Angola. 
If you are interested in contributing to the event, please contact the TELL Events Coordinator at

Opportunities: Jobs, Fellowships, Volunteering and in kind donations needed

1.Run for the Cure Foundation  - Volunteers Wanted: Casino Night If you would like to volunteer at a really fun event, please contact!

2. TELL counselor training and JOB OPENINGS!
Fall training will begin in September 2013 and be held on Tuesday and Thursday evenings (6:30-9:30pm), with an introductory and final session held on Saturdays.

3. Peace Boat – volunteers on board
Disaster volunteer training program

4. Habitat for Humanity - Volunteer in Asia and Tohoku
Habitat Japan continues to work in Tohoku in this summer. Please visit our website to join to volunteer in Tohoku!
- Miyagi: Aug 24-25, Sep 7-8
- Iwate: Sep 13-15
CambodiaAugust 17-24
Japan Hope Builders in Battambang, Cambodia are building homes with home partners. You will also visit Anfkoor Wat, Landmine Museum and Killing Fields to learn Cambodian history. This volunteer is co-organized with a Japanese travel agency H.I.S.

Volunteering opportunities: TVAC

ETIC Opportunities: Jobs, fellowships and internships in tohoku:

Polaris Project Two-day Course on Human Trafficking and Victims Aid
Saturday, 24 August, 9:0017:00 and Sunday, 25 August, 9:0017:00
Venue: Wesley Center
More information

Take Action! On 6 June 2013, 13-year-old Egyptian Soheir al-Batea died after a doctor performed female genital mutilation (FGM) on her on orders from her father, though Egypt criminalized FGM in 2008. Despite this ban, however, medicalization is on the rise in Egypt with an estimated 72% of procedures being performed by doctors in private clinics. Soheir’s death tragically underscores the serious repercussions of FGM, whether performed inside or outside a medical establishment. The doctor, Dr. Raslan Fadl, was reportedly interrogated and released on bail pending investigation.
Human rights organizations in Egypt are concerned at reports that the Ministry of Health is pushing for the police report on Soheir’s case to record the crime as “medical negligence” rather than FGM and manslaughter. They fear that without strong messages from the government, such as proper implementation of the 2008 law banning FGM and swift punishment for the perpetrators, FGM may become more acceptable in post revolution Egypt, where women’s rights are increasingly taking a back seat at all levels.
Therefore, please join us in calling on Egyptian authorities to live up to their domestic and international obligations by enforcing the existing FGM law and holding Dr. Raslan Fadl and Soheir’s father accountable for her death.
You can now easily share this petition on Facebook, Twitter and elsewhere—look for the sharing tools at the top of the action page.
Please click on the following link for further information:

From The Women’s Network for East Japan Disaster (Rise Together)
The booklet was used as a training material in more than 40 gender and disaster training sessions during last one year in Japan.
* examples of disaster response activities undertaken by various organizations in and after the Tohoku Disasters.
* advice for people without expertise to be able to provide effective assistance to  disaster affected persons
* to ensure consideration of diverse needs.
* an information package aiming for the revision of local disaster prevention plans and/or for daily disaster prevention activities.
* useful for government, community-based organizations, voluntary organizations, and individual volunteers.
Now Available: The Foundation Directory, 2013 Edition!

The Center for Victims of Torture - New Tactics in Human Rights now has resources available in 24 languages! Find out more
Thanks to many human rights organizations who have translated selected resources, we have material on our website in 24 languages! Currently, the titles and descriptions on the website are limited to English. We hope to make these translated resources easier to access as we expand our reach and add new languages to our multilingual website.

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