Informal Press Conference and Strategy Meeting of GSW Initiative Korea-Japan, Women Help Women
by Ann Sado
On July 8, 2011 from 10 a.m. an informal press conference followed by a strategy meeting was held at the Korean Embassy with a group of South Korean female business leaders and entrepreneurs, who came to provide support for women and children in the Tohoku region hit by the March 11th earthquake and tsunami.
The aid will be in monetary donation of 100,000 US dollars and 150,000 US dollars worth of goods for this year and the first 50,000 US dollars will be transmitted to the GSW Initiative Japan account following upon the opening of the bank account in Tokyo. The goods will also be sent as soon as recipient organization is found to make sure the delivery of the goods will be made to the most needed areas in Tohoku. The remaining amount of donation and goods will be brought in late November this year with the mission to visit the devastated zone. Basic necessities, summer clothing, and other
items were considered to be shipped.
The delegation of 10 members from Korea had 2 doctors who would be giving psychological care to women who suffered shock and depression and business advice to women who may be recovering their business or wanting to start up new businesses. Other leaders represented fields of coaching, art/culture, Asian women entrepreneurship, and women who had served as soldiers, as well as staff of Sungjoo Group and
MCM Japan. The mission will cover a 5 year span to make sure the objectives of Women Help Women will be achieved.
The delegation was headed by the Chief Visionary Officer of Sungjoo Group and MCM worldwide, Ms. Sung-joo Kim, who is also one of the key, active International Planning Committee members of the Global Summit of Women (GSW) headed by Ms. Irene Natividad in Washington D.C., USA.
Ms. Kim felt that such small steps one at a time with women holding hands together to move forward will also help to overcome the tragic history between the two nations. She strongly felt that when women felthappy and healthy, their family members would also be happy and healthy, explaining the reason why the support was focused on women and children.
To support these objectives, GSW Initiative Japan was established with a diverse and inclusive group of members for the Japan team led by Ann Sado, Japanese-American 3rd generation of A to Z Sado Enterprises Ltd. and former co-founder of NPO GEWEL in 2004 but currently serving as advisor. As a veteran participant of GSW for 11 years as a panelist or moderator, she is committed like Ms. Sung-Joo Kim in bringing economic self-independence and advancement of women's status globally, but especially in Japan where the percentage of women on the Board of Directors in major companies is still 1.4%. Recommendations for candidate recipients of this monetary donation from GSW Initiative Korea, WHW, were provided.
She chose experts in disaster relief work such as Mr. Carlos Miranda Levy from the Dominican Republic, who
had served in the relief activities of Haiti and Katrina disasters, as one of the team members, who had already been here to provide relief work in Tohoku. On his Relief 2.0 team, executive director of British Chamber of Commerce, Ms. Lori Henderson, co-founder/director/secretary general of IMPACT Japan Foundation,
Ms. Haruko Nishida, and Mr. Damian Penstone, partner of Propel Consulting were also present to give comments and advice after working in Ishinomaki. She also worked closely with the president of NPO KIFA, Ms. Narikou Kaneshiro, a Korean resident living in Japan for a long time, bridging the two cultures of Japan and Korea and regular participant of GSW. Also a young political female leader from the Liberal Democratic Party, Karen Makishima, who headed the 17th district of Kanagawa Prefecture, also assisted as she had attended the GSW in Istanbul, Turkey for the first time and realized the importance of GSW's mission. Also from NPO GEWEL, Ms. Michiko Sugita and Ms. Chie Motoi, newly elected directors joined in the support, along with Ms. Maki Sasaki,secretary general. Other organizations such as HealAction of Ms. Junko Kim, Peace Boat of Mr. Yoshioka Tatsuya, Living Dreams Japan of Mr. Patrick Newell supporting 18 orphanages in Tohoku and Kanto, Athlemedia of Mr. Kei Itoh,and Inter-America Development Bank of Ms. Ada Diaz Duque were also there to provide pertinent information or comments to assist the Korean side.
＊From the informal press conference, two news article coverage followed as below in Japan and one in Korea.
The Japan Times
Chuo Nippou Shahttp://kr.news.yahoo.com/service/news/shellview.htm?articleid=2011071200200093019&linkid=4&newssetid=1352