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The “Comfort Women” and Contemporary Forms of Sexual Violence Against Women

March 25, 2014


The "Comfort Women" and Contemporary Forms of Sexual Violence Against Women

During and in the years leading up to World War II, the Japanese Army mobilized more than 200,000 women from across Asia into sexual slavery. The victims were euphemistically referred to as “Comfort Women,” and the rape centers as “Comfort Stations.” Since 1991, survivors have publicly come out with their stories to demand justice in the face of denials by the Japanese government, and have led one of the longest standing protests in recorded history. Their movement has been a catalyst in international efforts to raise awareness about sexual violence against women in times of both conflict and supposed peace. 



Through presentations and small-group discussions, we will explore the “Comfort Women” issue as not merely an historical phenomenon but as a manifestation of systemic oppression that is directly connected to contemporary forms of sexual violence against women worldwide.




제 2차 세계 대전 동안 일본군의 성적 요구를 해소하기 위한 목적으로200,000명 이상의 조선인을 포함한 아시아 여성들이 징용, 모집,납치, 매매 등 다양한 방법으로 징발되었습니다. 위안부라는 명칭 하에 이들은 매일 일본군을 대상으로 성적인 행위를 강요받았습니다. 위안부 피해자들은 일본 정부의 사과와 배상, 책임자 처벌 등을 요구하며 1991년 부터 현재까지 시위를 개최하고 있습니다. 

이번 이벤트의 프레젠테이션과 소집단토의를 통하여 위안부에 대하여 배우고, 또 이것이 역사적인 한 사건으로 끝나는것이 아니고 현재에도 이런 조직 성폭력이 일어나고 있다는 것을 배우게 될것입니다.



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Sponsored by:

BC ALPHA, AWWA, AKCSE

Tuesday, 25 March 2014 from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM (PDT) The Irving K. Barber Learning Centre 
1961 E Mall 
Room 261 
Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z1


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