think, act!" Korean women work for peace
quote from Maria Chol Soon Rhie, one of six women activists
from the Republic of Korea (South Korea) nominated as
part of the 1000
women for the 2005 Nobel Peace Prize project, reflects
the spirit, thoughtfulness and drive of Korean women activists
over the past half-century. Individually and collectively
they have worked for democracy, women's and children's
rights, peace and the unification of the divided Korean
peninsula without foreign (USA) military presence. Korean
women are also leaders in Asian networks.
Click on the nominee's name below link with a short profile.
Organizations in which the Korean peacewomen nominees are active:
Women's Associations United
"The KWAU was created on February 18, 1987 to unite the power
of women's organizations working for women's rights and democracy. Currently
KWAU has 5 regional sections and 28 member organizations, representing
the progressive women's movement in Korea.
KWAU strives to achieve three primary goals : 1) to build an equal society
free from institutional discrimination so that women can enjoy equal
rights with men and live with dignity and pride. 2) to build a democratic
society where everyone's political, economic, social and cultural rights
are fully guaranteed. 3) to build a reunified Korea, where South and
North Korea become one nation."
Women's Hot Line (KWAU member group)
"Established in 1983, Korea Women's Hot Line is a national organization
working for women's human rights. KWHL helps women fight against oppression,
eliminate violence against women and to become full members of a gender
equal society. KWHL empowers women by providing counseling as well as
regal and medical support to the victims of gender violence. KWHL played
a major role in legislating Sexual Violence Act and Domestic Violence
Act. It has 21 branches across Korea, with 15 Sexual Violence Counselling
Centers, 5 shelters and 1 House for Working Women.
In order to realize this goal, the Hot Line works for: elimination of
domestic violence, sexual violence and other forms of gender violence
legislation and reform of the legal system providing assistance to victims
of gender violence equal rights in employment democratization and unification
of Korea building solidarity on national, regional and international
Women Workers Associations United - KWWAU (KWAU member group)
"KWWAU works to improve women workers' political, economic and
social status, to build a true democracy and to bring about reunification
KWWAU represents women workers' voices and fights for women workers
to resolve their various problems."
Women Farmers Association (KWFA) (KWAU member group)
"KWFA has 8,000 members and 23 regional branches. It has four aims:
to realize the labour value of women farmers and higher welfare policies
for the women farmers, to expand the women farmers' role in the communities
and to secure the farmers' rights to live. Its goals are to promote
the women farmers to become a expert and appeal to government's support
and expanded enforcement of the direct payment system on the dry-field
Making Peace (English section) Women
Making Peace (Korean-Hangul) (KWAU
"Women Making Peace is a specialized movement organization formed
to realize reunification and peace on the Korean peninsula and to make
peace in Asia and the world. Our organization was founded on March 28
1997. We conduct research on the conditions and methods necessary for
the peaceful reunification of Korea, and present policies toward that
goal from a feminist perspective..."
Campaign to Ban Landmines
"Both Koreas are mine-affected. Both countries still produce antipersonnel
mines. Both stockpile large numbers of these indiscriminate and inhumane
weapons. Neither has joined the 1997 Mine Ban Treaty. However, in a
groundbreaking move in September 2002, clearance of the 1 million mines
in the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) got underway"
Asia Pacific Forum
on Women, Law & Development
"APWLD is an independent, non-government, non-profit organization.
It is committed to enabling women to use law as an instrument of social
change for equality, justice and development. It has a consultative
status at the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations (ECOSOC)."
Committee for Asian
Women - CAW
"The mission of CAW is the empowerment of Asian women workers
to take charge of their own destiny and lives; to encourage the formation
of an Asian women workers movement that would promote the vision of
Partnership for Prevention of Armed Conflict, Northeast Asia
to women and peace