On March 9, 2016, Sasakawa Peace Foundation USA and The Asia Foundation co-hosted a public panel discussion on U.S. and Japanese efforts in international development on empowering women in Asia and areas for greater U.S.-Japan cooperation.
Two expert panels provided insights on effective strategies on empowering women in Asia politically and economically, and to improve women’s health. Each panel featured prominent U.S. experts, as well as Japanese NGO leaders participating in a week-long exchange program as part of the Sasakawa USA U.S.-Japan Civil Society Exchange Program. For biographies of the Japanese participants, click here.
Read more about this event on the Sasakawa USA Blog here.
• Eileen Pennington, Associate Director, Women’s Empowerment Program, The Asia Foundation
• Mizuho Kakinuma, Director for Advocacy, The Organization for Industrial, Spiritual and Cultural Advancement – International (OISCA)
• Barbara Rodriguez, Assistant Director, Women’s Empowerment Program, The Asia Foundation
• Naoto Sakaguchi, Director, InterBand
• Abigail Friedman, Senior Advisor, The Asia Foundation
• Myra Betron, Director of Gender, Jhpiego
• Tomoko Fukuda, Chief of Advocacy Group, Japanese Organization for International Cooperation in Family Planning (JOICFP)
• Ikuko Natori, Director, Overseas & Domestic Programs/Operations, Association for Aid and Relief, Japan (AAR Japan)