the Appointment of Prime Minister Han
This situation is especially hard for women, as they are discriminated against in the labor market and have the additional burden of bearing and rearing children. This situation has led to an extremely low birth rate that threatens the very future of our society. In the near future we expect to see measures to increase the quality of life for the weak and the poor generally, such as stabilization of the labor market and improvement of labor conditions for temporary workers, job creation through socializing part of care-giving labor, such as for children and the aged, and strengthening of the social security system.
Secondly, we expect
the new prime minister to make more government offices available to
women so that women are well represented in all administrative branches.
The presence of a female prime minister has the symbolic power to
encourage women's advancements in society, recognizing their competence.
To make the symbolic effect a reality, however, we need a system to
guarantee that women can find work appropriate to their abilities,
and that they are not hindered from entering the field of their choice.
Thirdly, Prime Minister Han should work out a diplomatic strategy to establish peace on this peninsula and in the Far East. The North Korean nuclear issue needs particular attention and effort. She must reopen the six-party talks and find a way to achieve real and just peace in Korea. We also expect her to deal wisely with current territorial disputes in northeast Asia and resolve tensions there.
As the third consecutive prime minister of the Roh government, responsible for wrapping up this administration, Han Myeong-sook has more tasks than ever. We hope that she will usher in policies of equality, unity and hope, which can take the burden off the weak above all else. We look forward to a new vision for Korea.
April 19, 2006
the original: Jahng Hyun-joo, Anna Gyorgy, for Women and Life on Earth
e.V., Seoul, ROK and Berlin, Germany.
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