The [Korea] girls are back in town

The [Korea] girls are back in town

New Internationalists – Tuesday, 15 October 2013 (originally published Oct 2013) Oh-Han is an advocate for women’s rights in South Korea. The 53-year-old recalls the pouches of traditional medicine you could easily get, not so long ago, that were supposed to help you conceive a son or abort a girl. But all that has changed, she […]

Men No Longer Outnumber Women in Korea

Men No Longer Outnumber Women in Korea

Chosun Media – Wednesday, 03 July 2013 (originally published 28 Jun) Men no longer outnumber women in Korea for the first time since statistics began in 1960, suggesting that the traditional preference of parents for boys over girls has come to an end. Worldwide, women slightly outnumber men, but Korea has just achieved parity. Statistics […]

2 women with tragic family histories: Myanmar’s Suu Kyi meets South Korea’s incoming leader

2 women with tragic family histories: Myanmar’s Suu Kyi meets South Korea’s incoming leader

Sam Kim – FOX News – Thursday, 31 January 2013 (originally published 28 Jan) SEOUL, South Korea – Both women lost their fathers to gunshots. Both also overcame that tragedy and rose to political prominence in countries where men dominate decision-making, buoyed in part by the legacies of their fathers. Aung San Suu Kyi, the […]

Transgender Woman Finds Acceptance In South Korea

Transgender Woman Finds Acceptance In South Korea

Michel Martin – NPR – Tuesday, 11 December 2012 When Andy Marra came out as a transgendered woman, she got lots of support from her adoptive American parents. She wanted to move forward with hormones or surgery, but not until she found her birth family in South Korea. She shared that journey in an essay […]

Giant ‘Comfort Women’ poster erected in Times Square

Giant ‘Comfort Women’ poster erected in Times Square

Anna Watanabe – Asian Correspondent – Wednesday, 10 October 2012 (originally published 05 Oct) South Korean singer and well known political campaigner Jang-hoon Kim and Public Relations expert Prof. Kyoung-duk Seo are taking the sensitive topic of Comfort Women to the US. A poster,asking “Do You Remember?” was erected in New York’s Times Square on […]

(Korean) Ministry strives for women’s rights

(Korean) Ministry strives for women’s rights

Robert Lee – Korea Herald – Monday, 30 January 2012 (originally published 26 Jan)  Gender Equality Minister Kim Kum-lae says she is striving to make Korea a global symbol of women’s empowerment. The country has been accepted to chair United Nations Women, the U.N.’s entity for gender equality and the empowerment of women, according to […]

Korea ‘comfort women’ put up statue at landmark rally

Korea ‘comfort women’ put up statue at landmark rally

BBC – Tuesday, 20 December 2011 (originally published 14 Dec)  South Korean women kept as sex slaves by the Japanese army during World War II have held their 1,000th rally outside the Japanese embassy in Seoul. A group of the women and their supporters unveiled a statue of a girl in traditional costume there. Demonstrators […]

Crisis grips North Korean rice bowl

Crisis grips North Korean rice bowl

Tim Large –  Alertnet – Tuesday, 11 October 2011 (originally published 07 Oct) HAEJU, North Korea, Oct 6 (AlertNet) – In a pediatric hospital in North Korea’s most productive farming province, children lay two to a bed. All showed signs of severe malnutrition: skin infections, patchy hair, listless apathy. “Their mothers have to bring them […]

Korean women use invention to jump over gender gap

Korean women use invention to jump over gender gap

Lisa Schroeder – Yonhap – Tuesday, 13 September 2011 (originally published 07 Sept) In comparison, Iceland ranks No. 1, with the United States at 19 and the Philippines at 9. Korean women have only half the chance as Korean men at economic participation, opportunity as well as wage equality. This is in stark contrast to […]