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Voices of Former Military “Comfort Women" and Their Journey for Peace

Sponsored by the Memory and Reconciliation in the Asia-Pacific Program of the Sigur Center for Asian Studies

Tuesday, June 30, 2015
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
The Elliott School of International Affairs
1957 E Street, NW, Lindner Commons, Room 602
Washington, DC 20052



Ms. Mee-hyang Yoon, Representative of the Korean Council for the Women Drafted for Military Sexual Slavery by Japan (Korean Council)

Ms. Bok-dong Kim, a survivor who was taken to "comfort stations" in China and Southeast Asia at the age of fourteen (pictured below)

Kim Bok-dong

Before and during World War II, the Japanese military organized “comfort stations” for its soldiers in areas colonized or occupied by Japan. In this vast network of “comfort stations,” large numbers of women were held against their will, exploited, and subjected to horrific brutality. The Korean Council is a non-governmental organization based in Seoul, Korea and has led the effort to seek justice for the victims and to support the survivors. Ms. Mee-hyang Yoon, the Representative of the Korean Council, will explain the context of this issue, offer case histories of the victims, and report on the progress to resolve this issue. Ms. Bok-dong Kim, a “comfort woman” survivor will share her own experience and make her appeal for justice. Given the complex nature of the Japanese military’s system of “comfort stations” and the incomplete written record, the personal accounts of victims are of particular significance for understanding and addressing this issue today.




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