Tokyo Women’s Collective
Since I moved to Tokyo I transitioned from working alongside talented women every day to meeting women who "used to" work but had to give up their job when they moved here. I've also met women who work from home (like me) or are trying to start a blog or an etsy shop or [fill in the blank]. And of course, for those of us with kids at school, we have to rush to get them in the early afternoon which doesn't leave a lot of time to get any work done.
Regardless of the situation, there are a lot of talented and lonely women that would like to co-work or learn something new alongside other women in a supportive environment.
I made a friend at Japanese class who is a very talented artist and art teacher and she felt the same way as me, and so we decided to do something about it.
We rented a table at a creative space called MTRL in Dogenzaka, Shibuya and we are inviting women who want to co-work to join us. Our first co-working date is Friday, January 18th from 10am - 12pm. My friend is offering to teach a calligraphy lesson during that time, so even if you don't have a project, you can learn something new. And we hope that others will volunteer to teach something to the group too.
Please note! this isn't a money-making endeavor, we are only covering the cost of the table we rented and the materials to do the calligraphy workshop. We genuinely want to provide a supportive and creative space for women to thrive and find fulfillment outside the home.
If you would like to learn more, please check out our site: http://tokyowomen.jp/
Japan Ranks 110th in Gender Equality
The World Economic Forum has published its annual report on gender equality. Japan sits in 110th place, the worst ranked of all G7 countries.
43.8% of workers in Japan are female. Only 13% are in management positions compared to 39% in Sweden, 43% in the US and 29% in Germany.