Event news: The Voices of the Comfort Women and Their Journey for Peace

A rare opportunity to meet a survivor of the Japanese military sexual slavery system presents itself at Goldsmiths on Monday. The Korean NGO Justice to the ‘Comfort Women’ is also holding an event at the KCC tomorrow, Friday, at which presumably she will be present.

The Voices of the Comfort Women

Comfort woman image

18 Sept, KCCUK

Let’s make a difference on “comfort women” issue!

In this event, we have seminars/testimonial/screening (Non-fiction animation film Herstory)/display of victim’s art works.

When: 11:00 – 15:00, Friday 18th September 2015
Venue: Multimedia room, Korean Cultural Centre UK, Grand Buildings, 1 – 3 Strand, London WC2N 5BW (Main Entrance on Northumberland Avenue)

Official event notice on Facebook.

21 Sept, Goldsmiths

The Voices of the Comfort Women and Their Journey for Peace
The Gender of Justice Research Project invites you to this event.
Location: 137, Richard Hoggart Building, Goldsmiths, University of London, New Cross, London, SE14 6NW. [Download Campus map pdf]
Cost: Free
Department: Sociology
Time: 21 September 2015, 12:00 – 13:30

Official event page on Goldsmiths website.

The Gender of Justice Research Project invites you to this event.

Military sexual slavery by Japan is one of the most serious cases of violence against women in armed conflicts. Before and during World War II, the Japanese army organized “comfort stations” across Asia-Pacific region and forced a myriad of women into sexual slavery. These victims were euphemistically called “comfort women.” However, justice for victims has not yet been fulfilled. Victims stood up as women’s rights activists and continue fighting to achieve justice. Mee-hyang Yoon of the Korean Council for the Women Drafted for Military Sexual Slavery by Japan will outline the context and historical background, share some of the victims’ stories, and provide a briefing on the progress that has been made in resolving the issue. Furthermore, a “comfort woman” survivor, Bok-dong Kim, will share her experience and make an appeal. The event will be followed by a short screening regarding the issue and a Q&A session.

Speakers:
Ms. Mee-hyang Yoon, Representative of the Korean Council for the Women Drafted for Military Sexual Slavery by Japan, an NGO based in Seoul, Korea, which is at the forefront of the fight in resolving the issue and supports survivors.

Ms. Bok-dong Kim, a survivor of the Japanese military sexual slavery, aged 90. She was born in Yangsan, Gyeongnam-do, Korea in 1926, she was drafted when she was fourteen and was forced into agonizing Japanese military sexual slavery in Guandong, HongKong, Malaysia, Indonesia, and Singapore.

Chair:
Dr Kirsten Campbell, Principal Investigator, ‘Gender of Justice’ project, Department of Sociology, Goldsmiths University of London (http://www.gold.ac.uk/genderofjustice/)

(automatically generated) Read LKL’s review of this event here.

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