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[16days_discussion] 2011 Yayori Award Ceremony on Dec.3

AJWRC事務局 ajwrc at
Wed Nov 30 21:57:29 EST 2011

Women's Fund for Peace and Human Rights is pleased to hold a ceremony
to honor the winners of the 2011 Yayori Awards: Sarasvathy Muthu
(Malaysia), Tari Ito (Japan) and Manami Kishimoto (Japan) who have made
great contributions to promotion of women's rights and social justice.
The awarding ceremony will take place on Dec. 3, 1 p.m.
at the chapel of the AVACO bild.,
Waseda Hoshien in Waseda on Saturday
You are welcome to the ceremony to listen to and cerebrate the winners.

**** Profile of the winners *****

Sarasvathy Muthu (Malaysia)
2011 Yayori Award winner

A community organizer par excellence, Saras has organized countless
communities in various sectors-plantation workers, urban pioneers(squatters),
farmers and workers-educating them on their rights and empowering them
to struggle as a united community against whoever opposed them. Saras was
also a founder of Parti Sosialis Malaysia. Saras is the Deputy
Chairperson of PSM. For her outstanding performance as a social activist,
Saras was selected as the 'Best Female Social Activist by the Semparuthi
Publication team in 2011. She had been detained in solitary confinement
for 33days under the doraconian Emergency Ordinance, which allows for
detention without trial, when the Bersih 2.0 movement called for a rally
on 9th July 2011.

Tari Ito (Japan) 
2011 Yayori Journalist Award winner

Interested in the intersection between art and the body since the early
1970's, Tari has developed unique style of performance art on sexual
rights, Japanese wartime sexual slavery, and the U.S. military bases and
violation of women's rights. In an effort to connect with other women artists
and activists, Tari also established the Women's Art Network (WAN) in
1994, organized the "Women Breaking Boundaries" exhibition in 2001,
and established the PA/F (Performance Art/Feminism) Space in 2003. 

Manami Kishimoto
2011 Yayori Journalist Award winner

Born into a buraku community, Manami's impressive body of work as a
grassroots journalist has encompassed numerous different types of media,
all used in order to convey her strong perspective of anti-discrimination.
She wrote feartured stories on Okinawa, Asperger syndrome,  Hansen's
disease, etc. for the magazine of the Hyogo Buraku Liberation and Human
Rights Research Institute. Her chronicle in the U.S. in 2002 of her
attempt to convince Bob Dylan to write a song for an imprisoned Buraku
man drew considerable attention to the cause. In the summer of 2010, she
coordinated the Rodgers Summer School, a diversity program for buraku
youth. The same year, while battling cancer, she also participated in a
solidarity and education tour in collaboration with a U.S.-based
organization of Zainichi Koreans known as Eclipse Rising.

For more details of the awardees and the Yayori Awards, please visit the
website of Women's Fund for Peace and Human Rights:
Asia-Japan Women's Resource Center
14-10-211  Sakuragaoka 
Shibuya-ku, Tokyo 150-0031, Japan
Tel: +81-3-3780-5245  Fax:+81-3-3463-9752
E-mail: ajwrc at

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