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Akie Abe and Caroline Kennedy Urge AUW Support
Tokyo, Japan
8, Apr, 2015

On April 8, 2015, the Asian University for Women Japan Support Committee hosted “A Conversation with Akie Abe,” its 6th annual fundraising event for AUW in Tokyo. Over 300 friends and supporters of AUW gathered at the Sogetsu Kaikan to hear Mrs. Akie Abe, First Lady of Japan, speak about her commitment to women’s education at home and abroad and her involvement with AUW. This event comes at a particularly exciting time, following Mrs. Abe’s recent meeting with US First Lady Michelle Obama to launch a new partnership to advance girls’ education across the world.

The event also included a panel discussion with Mr. Seiji Yasubuchi, President and CEO of GE Capital Japan; Mr. Yukihiro Nitta, Group Senior Vice President of Fast Retailing Co., and two AUW alumnae, Drishya Gurung from Nepal and Nawra Mehrin from Bangladesh. The panel was moderated by Ms. Yuriko Murakami, Head of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, Japan.

During the course of the evening, guests were inspired by hearing the life stories of our two AUW alumnae, Drishya and Nawra, who shared the challenges they had to overcome to attend AUW and their current experiences working in community development in their home countries with Teach for Nepal and Bangladesh Rural Advancement Committee (BRAC) respectively. The event concluded with a video message from U.S. Ambassador to Japan, Caroline Kennedy, urging guests to support the AUW mission.

With the generous support of our guests, the event raised over USD $100,000 for the Asian University for Women. These funds will go directly to support scholarships for AUW students.

We would like to express our sincere gratitude to our supporters of AUW, whether at the AUW Japan event or elsewhere across the world. The generosity of our supporters provides talented young women like Drishya and Nawra with an incomparable chance to receive a world-class education and, in turn, gain the skills to return home and effect meaningful change in their communities.