All Kinds of Love and Love in Many Ways: The 42nd Fuwa-Cafe

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Poster PDF(A3, 0.8MB)

The 42nd Fuwa-Cafe
All Kinds of Love and Love in Many Ways

Date & Time
May 23rd (Tue) 12:50p.m. - 15:10p.m.

OYRs Welcome!! Both English or Japanese OK.
Coming in the middle or leaving early are both OK.
No entrance fee; no reservation necessary(but we accept donations towards tea and snacks!).

Place
Center for Gender Studies(CGS)
ERB-I 301

Subject
All Kinds of Love and Love in Many Ways

Let's Talk Together!

We'll enjoy tea and coffee and snacks as we talk about gender and sexuality in a relaxed atmosphere. Worries we've discussed before include:

"I might be attracted to people of the same sex as me,"
"I might be attracted to both men and women,"
"I have no interest in romance,"
"I have a woman's body, but I want to be seen as a man,"
"I have a man's body, but I want to be seen as a woman,"
"I don't want others to determine my gender for me,"
"I don't want to put a label on my sexual identity."

Besides these examples, if you have something else in mind and want to talk it over, please feel free to bring it up. With beverages and snacks prepared, we are waiting for you to come chat with us!

(Coordinators: JULIANA / Haengri LEE)

Pick Up!

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gender and SDGs Poster PDF

Please be informed that the Center for Gender Studies and CLA will hold the event "UN Academic Impact Event on Gender and SDGs". Everyone is welcome to attend.

UN Academic Impact Event on Gender and SDGs
Time and Date: 15:40-19:00, Monday, May 22, 2017
Venue: International Conference Room, Kiyoshi Togasaki Memorial Dialogue House, International Christian University

1. Keynote Lectures (15:40-16:40, in English)
"Negotiations and Implementation of the SDGs"
Speaker: Motohide Yoshikawa, Distinguished Professor and Former Japanese Ambassador to the United Nations
"UN Initiatives on Gender and SDGs"
Miwa Kato, Regional Director, UN Women for Asia and the Pacific

2. Student Presentations & Panel Discussion (16:50-17:50, in English)
Presenters: (TBC)
Panelists: Prof. Motohide Yoshikawa, Dr. Miwa Kato, Prof. Kana Takamatsu
Moderator: Dean Katsuhiko Mori

3. Discussion (18:00-19:00, in Japanese)
Moderator: Prof. Kana Takamatsu

Everyone is welcome to attend.

Co-sponsored by ICU Center for Gender Studies and College of Liberal Arts

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Poster PDF(A3, 0.8MB)

The 41th Fuwa-Cafe
Coming Out: My Story, My Body

Date & Time
April 24th (Tue) 12:40p.m. - 15:00p.m.

OYRs Welcome!! Both English or Japanese OK.

Coming in the middle or leaving early are both OK.
No entrance fee; no reservation necessary(but we accept donations towards tea and snacks!).

Place
Center for Gender Studies(CGS)
ERB-I 301

Subject
Coming Out: My story, My body

Let's Talk Together!

We'll enjoy tea and coffee and snacks as we talk about gender and sexuality in a relaxed atmosphere. Worries we've discussed before include:

"I might be attracted to people of the same sex as me,"
"I might be attracted to both men and women,"
"I have no interest in romance,"
"I have a woman's body, but I want to be seen as a man,"
"I have a man's body, but I want to be seen as a woman,"
"I don't want others to determine my gender for me,"
"I don't want to put a label on my sexual identity."

Besides these examples, if you have something else in mind and want to talk it over, please feel free to bring it up. With beverages and snacks prepared, we are waiting for you to come chat with us!

(Coordinators: JULIANA / Haengri LEE)

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Poster PDF(A3, 0.6MB)

CGS Tea Party 2017 April

Date & Time
19th April, 2017(Wed) 12:40-15:00
20th April, 2016(Thu) 12:40-15:00
21st April, 2016(Fri) 12:40-15:00

Place
Center for Gender Studies @ ERB-I 301 (The rainbow flag will be a guide!)

Anybody who is interested in CGS or Gender & Sexuality Studies will be welcome!!
We would like you all to join us at our tea party! We are especially looking forward to meeting new students arriving this term. Come and learn about the major in Gender and Sexuality Studies.

It's a good opportunity to see and talk with other students and CGS staff.
You can share topics related to gender & sexuality, and ask questions about your registration, campus life, and study.

All staff are looking forward to your visiting with preparing tea and snack.
How about taking this occasion to visit CGS?


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The nineteenth issue of the CGS Newsletter is now available both in print and online. Click the URL to download the PDF version.
CGS Newsletter 019 (PDF, 2.4MB)

We have been issuing Newsletter since the time center opened in 2004 to promote our activities asa well as to offer a platform for those involved to express their views and opinions. Now, we feel the initial purposes of Newsletter have been achieved, and in consideration of environmentally friendly ways, we decided to deiscontinue the issuing of Newsletter. We all immensely appreciate your support for such a long time. From next academic year, we will advertise and promote our activities through SNS and website. We are looking forward to meeting you there, and at the center. Thank you for your understanding.


Contents of the CGS Newsletter 019


Natsumi IKOMA
CGS Director

[The article below is the same as the article that appears in the nineteenth issue of the CGS Newsletter.]

I must confess I'm feeling rather dejected about this topic. As hate speech and hate crimes continue to spread throughout both Japan and the world, I feel the dogmatism and rising emphasis on outcomes even at ICU. Brandishing dogma - ignoring the fact that the establishment and principles themselves exclude minorities and women - is contrary to the spirit of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights that ICU holds so dear. It is becoming increasingly difficult to voice one's protest within the establishment. In the background to all this, I glimpse the lurking shadows of misogyny, minority discrimination, and neoliberal greed.

So what can CGS do to change this? Considering the hate speech attacking gender and sexuality in the wider community, our biggest priority has been to push for improvements to help create a safer and more supportive campus for students. When students have rushed to our center for help, we have always tried our best to provide empathy, support, and even solutions where possible. Nevertheless, two issues in particular have highlighted to me the hurdles we have yet to overcome.

Firstly, various international students have pointed out the low level of awareness of gender and human rights issues at ICU. A number of students have referred to a certain university activity that prevails under the guise of tradition, despite the fact that it is discriminatory in terms of race, minorities, and gender. It is allowed to continue uncriticized and students feel compelled to participate. Even though this event clearly flies in the face of ICU's focus on internationalism and human rights, the students stated that they weren't even able to criticize or speak out against this discrimination on campus. Other students have told me that they felt their harassment complaints were not taken seriously by the university administration and were deeply hurt by their experience. Such problems have made me painfully aware that despite the efforts at CGS so far, we still need to push harder to raise the awareness of all the faculty and staff on campus. We also need to find ways to make it easier for international students to get involved in CGS's activities.

Secondly, a new dormitory with a gender-neutral floor is currently under construction at ICU, which the media have referred to as the "LGBT Dorm." I have been observing such media reports with mounting concern, as I know that the campus itself is not LGBT friendly. Most importantly, the university needs to consider the perspectives of minorities in establishing the dormitory's regulations, such as making it compulsory for all students to attend a course on gender, sexuality, and human rights before moving into the dormitory. Strengthening human rights on campus should be a far more pressing and vital concern than simply building new facilities.

It has been 12 years since the founding of CGS, but we still have a lot of work to do. ICU still does not have a childcare facility or an office to promote diversity. Even so, we cannot just give up in despair. Who would be left to push for change? We have managed to achieve some things, however small, and more and more students are becoming interested in gender and sexuality issues. Thus we remain firm in our resolve to continue our efforts at CGS, in the belief that progress, however slow, is always possible as long as we work together.