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Event Detail

Fri, Dec 06, 2013
Events 12:00pm - 02:00pm

Registration/Cancellation Deadline: Tue, Dec 03, 2013

Speaker: Rina Bovrisse (Global Advocate for Women in Business, Japan)

Hosting Committee(s): Women in Business

Venue: Tokyo American Club MAP

Member Fee: ¥3500

Guest Fee: ¥4500

Extras: Meal included

The Women in Business Committee welcomes Ms. Rina Bovrisse: former fashion executive, entrepreneur, and global advocate for women's rights. After refusing to be silent about workplace behavior she found discriminatory against women, Ms. Bovrisse found herself on a journey to bring attention to the systematic discrimination facing working women in Japan. She has testified before the Committee of the United Nations High Commissioner of Human Rights office relating to human rights and the rights of working women in Japan, courageously embracing her new and unexpected role as spokesperson for working women's rights in Japan. She has used traditional and social/electronic media to start a global campaign bringing attention to and eradicating gender discrimination and sexual harassment in Japan.

Ms. Bovrisse will share her remarkable story and personal insight into finding confidence and strength in the face of adversity. She will discuss her experience of "learning the code of silence" in the face of abuse and objectification as a child, as well as the relief and power she found by taking a stand against inequalities and abuses to human dignity. Ms. Bovrisse will speak about her personal difficulty with depression resulting from societal expectations of working women and the veil of silence, and share how she overcame this struggle by helping other women find their voice and by starting her own school which specializes in emphasizing the importance of equality and diversity to its students.

Sign up early for what will surely be an inspiring and educational opportunity in the Women in Business Committee Speaker Series on the role of women in business.

Participants who are not members of the ACCJ are required to pay in advance. Non-ACCJ members must complete the online registration form to register for this event.

Elizabeth Handover, Deborah Hayden, Co-chairs
Alison Birch, Carolyn Gaskins, Royanne K. Doi, Makiko Fukui, Mariko Nakazono, Alyson Parker, Vice Chairs
Vicki Beyer, Board Liaison
ACCJ Women in Business Committee

NOTE 1: This event is OFF THE RECORD.

NOTE 2: If you cancel after the stated deadline, the full meeting fee will be charged to your account. Sorry, no substitutions or walk-ins.

NOTE 3: If you are driving to Tokyo American Club, please inform the ACCJ in advance as arrangements must be made and a 1,000 yen parking fee will apply.

NOTE 4: Women in Business Committee events are subject to special pricing due to subsidization by the Fund for the Advancement of Women in the Workplace.

Note: ACCJ events are for ACCJ members and their guests only. To learn more about becoming an ACCJ member, see the Membership section of this site or contact the Membership Services Department at info@accj.or.jp / (03) 3433-7304.

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