Tokyo events will include several forums, meetings with government and union officials, a press conference and a demonstration at the annual shareholders' meeting of Mitsubishi Motors Corporation June 27. The Tokyo demonstration will coincide with NOW-organized protests in the U.S. in Las Vegas, Nev., site of NOW's 30th anniversary conference, and in dozens of cities across the country.
"We want to send a clear message: Women around the world will not tolerate sexual harassment in the U.S., Japan or anywhere," said NOW Action Vice President Rosemary Dempsey, who will make the trip. "As more companies go global through mergers and acquisitions, we want their shareholders to know that women and men who care about justice are working together internationally to ensure that these gigantic new conglomerates know fair treatment for women is a non-negotiable part of the bargain.
"The response to the Mitsubishi case from Japanese women's groups has been incredible," Dempsey added. "Women everywhere understand that troubled companies like Mitsubishi Motor Manufacturers sometimes try to point the blame at women and any other workers who insist on justice."
NOW activists are picketing Mitsubishi and Chrysler dealerships
across the U.S. to inform the public about sexual and racial harassment
problems at Mitsubishi's Normal, Ill., plant. The pickets are also meant
to protest the lack of Mitsubishi dealerships owned by women and people
of color and the company's inappropriate reaction to a class-action, sexual
harassment lawsuit filed by the EEOC.
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