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Supporting Minorities in Japan – Reflecting on the 25 Years of the Bazaar Café 少数者に寄り添ってきた《バザール・カフェ》

November 8, 2023 @ 11:30 am - 1:00 pm

NFSJ Café #31 “Supporting Minorities in Japan – Reflecting on the 25 Years of the Bazaar Café”
Located in the heart of Kyoto, 《Bazaar Cafe》 is a wonderful place that boasts stylish ethnic lunches. At first glance, it looks like an ordinary café, but in fact, it has been operated to support people with various difficulties, such as shut-ins, addicts, sexual minorities, and migrant women. We welcome Ms. Martha Mensendiek, who has been involved with this cafe since its establishment and has been supporting mainly migrant women for many years at Kyoto YWCA and other organizations.
Since the 1980s, female survivors who have continued to live in Japan despite being victims of human trafficking and domestic violence are now facing new challenges due to the aging of the population. Martha, also a member of the Solidarity Network with Migrants Japan (SMJ) with whom NFSJ has been working with in the Japan Network Against Trafficking in Persons (JNATIP), will share her most important message to Japanese society. Please join us.
《Date & Time》November 8, 2023 (Wed.) 19:30~21:00
《Place》Online (Zoom)
《Language》 Mainly English (Japanese can also be used in Q&A.)
《Admission》 Free *Please make a reservation
《Reservation》Use the link below to fill in the reservation form. We will send the Zoom link to your email address 2 hours prior to the event. https://forms.gle/tcwc4v47iYZifWmx5
《Guest Speaker》 Ms. MarthaMensendiek
Associate Professor, Doshisha University, Department of Social Welfare
Representative of “Bazaar Café”
Born in New York, raised in Sendai Japan. Graduated from Earlham College, and Master of Social Work from University of Hawaii, School of Social Work. Past work experience include caseworker at HELP Shelter in Tokyo, Kyoto YWCA, and Interagency for Immigrant Services, in Honolulu Hawaii.
Research interests include International Social Work, social work practice with immigrant communities, culturally anchored social work practice, domestic violence, substance abuse, human trafficking and community organizing.
Sponsored by Not For Sale Japan, which works on issues of human trafficking and modern slavery, NFSJ Café is a casual learning experience where interested participants and NFSJ staff talk about a theme or watch a film over a cup of tea. Please feel free to join us.
Contact: [email protected]
《日時》 2023年 11月8日(水)19:30~21:00
《場所》 オンライン (Zoom)
《使用原語》 英語 (Q&Aは日本語可)
《参加費》  無料 *要・参加申込
《講師》 マーサ・メンセンディークさん 同志社大学 社会学部 社会福祉学科 准教授
NFSJカフェは、人身取引・現代奴隷問題に取り組むノット・フォー・セール・ジャパンが、関心ある参加者と共に、お茶を飲みながら1つのテーマについて話したり映画を観たりする、カジュアルな学びの場です。お気軽にご参加ください。 (新型コロナウィルス対策のため、当面オンラインで開催しています。)
お問い合わせ: [email protected]


November 8, 2023
11:30 am - 1:00 pm


Online event


ノット・フォー・セール・ジャパン(Not For Sale Japan)