Victim Support 

The Korean Council believes that the just resolution of the issue of Japanese Military Sexual Slavery is the sincere restoration of the victims’ human right domestically and internationally. We provide various support and welfare programs to improve the survivors’ lives.

  • Regular visitation & Phone calls
  • Holiday & Birthday celebration
  • Funeral support & Cherish passed away victims

The Wednesday

Demonstration 

The Korean Council has held Wednesday Demonstrations demanding the settlement of the Japanese Military Sexual Slavery issue since January 8, 1992. The Wednesday Demonstrations have become a platform for remembrance, solidarity, and education, regardless of participants’ gender, age, and nationality. Along with the survivors of military sexual slavery by Japan, the Korean Council continues to hold demonstrations in solidarity with civic groups, women, students, citizens, and other various individuals and organizations.



Through the Wednesday Demonstration, the Korean Council Demands to the Government of Japan: 

  1. Admit the Japanese military sexual slavery system as a war crime.
  2. Disclose official documents.
  3. Deliver an official apology.
  4. Pay reparations to the victims.
  5. Punish those responsible.
  6. Record the sexual slavery system in history textbooks.
  7. Erect a memorial monument and build an official archive.


How to Participate

  • When? : Every Wednesday at 12 PM
  • Where? : Pyeonghwa-ro (In front of the former Japanese Embassy) 25, Yulgok-ro 2-gil, Jongro-gu, Seoul
  • Who? : Anyone or group is invited and encouraged to participate

※ If you want to participate in free-speech or other means to voice your opinion, please contact the Korean Council in advance via email at [email protected].


Butterfly Fund:

Prevention of Sexual

Violence in Conflict

The Korean Council actively engages in international solidarity activities to support women and children suffering from sexual violence in conflict and aims to prevent and eradicate sexual violence in conflict.

The Butterfly Fund was founded on International Women’s Day on March 8th, 2012, by Japanese military sexual slavery victims Kim Bok-dong and Gil Won-ok, also a women’s rights activist. They promised to support women who still suffer from sexual violence in conflict with all of the reparations they would receive from the Japanese government. As the Japanese government continued to deny its crimes and responsibilities, They started the Butterfly Fund, and citizens stood in solidarity with them.


The Path of Butterfly Fund


1. The Democractic Republic of Congo: Since 1996, repeated civil wars between government forces and several armed rebels have not stopped gunfire in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

The first butterfly fund flew to APDUD, an organization founded by Rebecca Masika Katsuva, a former victim of wartime sexual violence. It continued to provide support until Mashika passed away in 2016. Later, through REMED, a sexual violence victim support organization, we continued to support victims of Ushirika, a self-sustaining organization for victims of sexual violence in conflicts, and APDUD.


① APDUD (2012,2014~2015,2019~)

② REMED/Ushirika (2015~)


2. Vietnam: (2013~)

Like the Japanese Military Sexual Slavery victims, From September 1964 to March 1973, the U.S.-Vietnam War, in which the Korean army participated, resulted in numerous civilian killings and sexual assaults against Vietnamese women. Just as the Japanese government should apologize and reparate for Japanese Military Sexual Slavery, Korea should also be responsible for crimes committed in Vietnam and not forget its history. Butterfly Fund is flying to Vietnam for the second time after Congo to help victims of Korean military sexual violence, their children, and villages.


3. Uganda: The 20-year civil war between Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) and government forces from 1986 to 2006 has forced many people in northern Uganda to suffer, and the kidnapped victims are still returning. The LRA rebels are believed to have kidnapped at least 30,000 people during the civil war, seized relatively brainwashed children, and made them boys/girls soldiers, and in the case of girls, they were assigned as "wives" of rebel commanders and had to live terrible sexual slavery lives. The Butterfly Fund, which flew to Uganda, was delivered to three organizations: WEND AFRICA, Golden Women Vision, and Can Rwede Pee to help the victims.


① WEND AFRICA: (2018~2021)

② Golden Women Vision: (2018~2020)

③ Can Rwede Pee: (2018~2022)


4. Palestine: (2021~)

Over 70 years of violence and gender-based violence against women have been caused by Israel's armed occupation of the Palestinian West Bank and Gaza since 1967, causing double suffering to Palestinian women. The Butterfly Fund provides psychological, social, and legal support for Palestinian women through the NGO 'ADI' to the 'Palestinian Women's trauma healing center.‘


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The Statue

of Peace 

The Statue of Peace

  • The Statue of Peace, often called ‘Sonyeosang’ in Korea, is a symbol of the victims of Japanese military sexual slavery and also a form of hope to stop all sexual violence in armed conflict which has been ongoing all around the world.
  • People wishing for human rights and peace voluntarily participate in building this monument not only at home but also all around the world so it could work as an open educational venue for peace.
  • The physical form of the Statue of Peace may vary depending on the region or the nature of construction, but it all means not to forget the issue of Japanese military sexual slavery, remember it together, and wish for human rights and peace.
  • The general form of the Statue of Peace built in front of the (former) Japanese Embassy is a girl sitting on a small chair staring silently at the Japanese Embassy, depicting a young girl who was abducted by the Japanese imperial military during World War II.
  • The bird on the girl’s left shoulder is a bridge between the underworld and this world, symbolizing victims who passed away before receiving apologies from the Japanese government. The girl’s hair that is torn away shows the pain of separation from family and home. The girl’s clutched hands represent anger against the Japanese government that denies its responsibilities. The girls’ bare feet hanging in the air symbolize the sufferings victims had to go through after due to being abducted and forced to live as ‘comfort women’, with stigma from society and ignorance of the government.
  • The empty chair symbolizes solidarity from the past, present, and future. It represents the solidarity of people who remember and commemorate the victims. It also means a space of solidarity where people can recognize the lives of victims by sitting next to the girl and staring at the Japanese Embassy. It also serves as a space where people can participate in 28 years of movement for a just resolution of the Japanese military sexual slavery issue and dream of a peaceful world without war.
  • The shadow on the bottom represents the victims who have waited for long for justice and the history that will never be forgotten. The butterfly in the heart of the shadow represents the souls of victims who passed away, who suffered and dreamed of genuine emancipation.


The Small Sonyeosang Movement

The Small Sonyeosang Movement was suggested by Ehwa Girl's High School student circle "Jumeockdoki" to commemorate the lives of Japanese military sexual slavery victims and to honor and act together to set justice for Japanese military sexual slavery victims. In July 2018, 239 schools symbolizing 239 reported Japanese military sexual slavery victims registered with the Korean government, finished to built The Small Sonyeosang in schools.


Domestic

Solidarity 

The Japanese Military Sexual Slavery Issue has intersectionalities such as gender, history, ethnicity, class and etc. We create networks and solidarity with various agendas and NGOs in Korea. We confront to stop every kind of violence, discrimination, and hatred towards minorities.


International

Solidarity

From the beginning of the movement, the Korean Council recognized the importance of publicizing the issue of Japanese Military Sexual Slavery to the international society.


Asian Solidarity Conference

The Asian Solidarity Conference was established in 1992 to discuss and solve the issue of Japanese Military Sexual Slavery by victims, victim support NGOs, and women from victim/perpetrator countries. The goal of the Asian Solidarity Conference is to conduct activities such as investigating the truth from the Japanese government, demanding reparations, and studying ways to participate in the UN Human Rights Commission as a civil movement. The activities that Asian women have joined together to solve the Japanese sex slavery problem have developed a significant impact on international human rights and women's movements.


Reports, resolutions, and recommendations by UN, ILO, and international human rights organizations

In August 1992, Lee Hyo-jae, Shin Hye-soo, Jeong Jin-sung, and Hwang Geum-joo of the Korean Council attended the Human Rights Subcommittee in Geneva and raised the issue of Japanese sexual slavery for the first time. Publicizing the issue of Japanese Military Sexual Slavery to the international community, including the United Nations and the ILO, has been emphasized since the beginning of the movement. Publicizing the issue of Japanese Military Sexual Slavery to the international community, including the United Nations and the ILO, has been emphasized since the beginning of the movement. With women's efforts, special rapporteur reports and recommendations defined Japanese Military Sexual Slavery as a criminal act and international standards have been established that state reparations should be made.


Resolutions passed in U.S. House of Representatives (HR121), European Parliament, Canada, the Netherlands, Korea, Taiwan, and Japanese regional assemblies

The Japanese Military Sexual Slavery issue was publicized through the efforts of survivors of the victims and domestic and foreign NGOs, but there was still no apology, recognition of responsibility, or reparation from the Japanese government. Victim survivors and NGOs have criticized the Japanese government's lukewarm attitude and continued their efforts to adopt resolutions from around the international community. The resolution adopted by countries worldwide through these efforts has once again sparked a wave of the international community to resolve the Japanese Military Sexual Slavery issue.


2000 Women’s International War Crimes Tribunal

The Women's International War Crimes Tribunal on Japan's Military Sexual Slavery(referred to as the 2000 Court) was a private international women's human rights court held in Tokyo from December 7 to 12, 2000. The 2000 Court decided at the 5th Asian Solidarity Conference in 1998 to punish war criminals who was not punished at the national level. The Court of 2000 was a legal campaign to review the issue of Japanese Military Sexual Slavery and establish the need for conviction against violence against women during the war in the international community.


Commemoration

& Education

Supporting the establishment of the Statue of Peace

By solidarity and cooperating with establishing the Statue of Peace around the world, we convey the message of human rights and peace while highlighting especially the history of Japanese military sexual slavery and efforts to set justice for its victims. In remembrance of Japanese military Sexual Slavery victims and their lives, the Statue of Peace stands out as a cultural icon for people worldwide.


International Memorial Day for Japanese Military “Comfort Women”

In December 2012, victims and activists from eight Asian countries who attended the 11th Asian Solidarity Conference to resolve the Japanese military sexual slavery declared August 14, the day Kim Hak-soon(deceased) publicly testified to the damage, as a memorial day for the Japanese military sexual slavery victims. Starting with the first honor day in 2013, it celebrated the seventh honor day in 2019. In December 2017, the Korean government designated August 14 as a national anniversary to hold a ceremony to restore the honor of the Japanese military sexual slavery victims.


Digital Archives

  • War and Women’s Rights Archive preserves historical data on the Japanese Military Sexual Slavery system, records of victims, and the movement. To make it available to citizens around the world, we plan to provide multiple language services. Moreover, we are expanding our collections by collecting and donating scattered data worldwide.
  • We hope the digital archive’s memories and records can reach beyond borders in the future. We expect more people to resonate with the solution of Japanese Military Sexual slavery, women, human rights, and peace.


War and Women's Rights Museum

  • The War and Women's Human Rights Museum remembers and educates the history of Japanese military "comfort women" and works towards a just resolution of the Japanese military sexual slavery issue. It is also an active museum that attends to ongoing issues of sexual violence in armed conflicts and stands in solidarity for a world without war and violence against women.
  • The victim-survivors' longstanding hope for children to grow up in a safe and peaceful world resonated with citizens around the globe and sparked fundraising efforts. After a long journey, the War and Women's Human Rights Museum opened on Children's Day, May 5th, 2012, as a space for future generations and citizens.
  • The War and Women's Human Rights Museum strives to create a better world for future generations by raising awareness of history and memory through various exhibitions and educational programs and recording ongoing activism for women, human rights, and peace.


Kim Bok-dong Peace Prize

This Prize honors individuals or organizations that have been engaged in the movement to resolve the issue of sexual violence in conflict and ensure women's human rights in conflict across the world. It was established on November 25, 2017(International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women) with the contribution of fifty million won that Kim Bok-dong received as the winner of the "Women's Human Rights Award with one million citizens."


Gil Won-ok Women's Peace Prize

It was established as a fund to discover and support domestic female activists for those actively working for peace, unification, and women's human rights. This Peace Prize started on May 17, 2017, when Gil Won-ok donated one million won, which she won in the "1st Ewha Christian Women's Peace Award."