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In commemoration of the International Women’s Day, the United Nations Information Centre in Japan met the Japanese Worker Cooperative Union (JWCU) and recognised its job training efforts in the Tohoku region, as well as the reality faced by women in the current post-disaster situation.
JWCU’s executive director, Yoko Tanaka, had an interview with the UN staff members, to discuss the time people needed to feel ready to start thinking about moving forward. Also, during the meeting Tanaka presented the collaborative work that JWCU is doing with people in local communities to start job training programs as well as businesses, especially with women. “Women and young people, who previously hesitated to step out and get involved, are looking at life in a completely different way since the earthquake, thinking more about the needs of the community. They are asking themselves what they can do to be useful,” Tanaka explained.
A summarized article is also available in English: http://unic.or.jp/unic/highlight/2611/
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