The Working Women’s Network (WWN) was established in 1995 and continues to operate to this day as a non-governmental organization (NGO) in Japan. The establishment was brought about by a sexual discrimination class-action lawsuit by several women against the Sumitomo conglomerate in 1995. The WWN specializes in activities that ensure the quick dissemination of information pertinent to urging for the administrative system through the internet and the mass media to reach the widest possible audience worldwide. Such information is directed at making various organizations such as the International Labor Organization(ILO), the European Union(EU), the United Nations Commission on Human Rights(UNCHR), the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women(CEDAW) and the International Women’s Rights Action Watch(IWRAW) aware of the various issues, problems and realities pertaining to its advocacy. It’s activities are widely recognized in Japan and in 2004 it received the 8th Ryoko Akamatsu Award for Excellence in Promoting and Advocating women’s Labor Rights in Japan.