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|Introduction of Dawn Center
|The Dawn Center
is an institution established by the Osaka Prefectural Government. The center
is located in the northwest of Osaka Castle Park. From the windows of the meeting
rooms, the donjon, or the tower, of Osaka Castle can be seen. The center, ten
stories above and one story below ground, has a total floor space of 12,760m2.
When illuminated at night, it looks all the more magnificent. Its administration
and operation is undertaken by the Osaka Gender Equality Foundation. Open daily
from 9:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m., women and men in all age groups, though most are
women, visit the center. During the first nine years, since its inauguration
in November, 1994, the center attracted more than four million people.
idea for the Dawn Center originated in 1984. While it took eight years to complete
the construction plan, during the preparation period, plans for center were promoted
with a wide range of people, including experts in various fields, women's groups
and women's organizations. Meetings were held by the "Dawn Center Promotion
Committee" and the "Creative Forum," encouraging active discussion
with Osaka residents about projects and facilities. Thanks to the community's
cooperation, the "gender-free" viewpoint is reflected throughout the
center. The name "Dawn" and the symbol for the center were selected
from among many entries in a public contest held while construction was underway.
The Dawn Center serves as a base for creating
a new partnership between women and men as we enter the 21st Century. Its basic
concept is "a creation of a new society of women and men working together
based on the independence of the sexes, allowing everyone fair and equal opportunity
to participate." In order to develop the concept, the center has the "Three
Based on the "Three I" philosophy, the Dawn Center is committed to playing
a role as a comprehensive support center for women and as a place where women
and men can exchange ideas.
- Identity: Independence of women in society
- Information: Information network
- Internationalization: International exchange
Center follows three pillars for promoting projects.
- Accumulating and sending out information,
- Providing consultation and counseling,
- Sending out art and literature which expresses women's ideas.
These pillars are developed both independently and in combination.
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