Activities

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

  • Visits
  • Phone calls
  • Birthday events
  • Holiday events
  • Management of Peaceful Our Home, a shelter for survivors
  • What is 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. On December 14, 2011, the 1,000th Wednesday Demonstration was held and the Statue of Peace was revealed.

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.

  • 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?
  1. When? Every Wednesday at 12 PM
  2. Where? Pyonghwaro (In front of the Japanese Embassy) 25, Yulgok-ro 2-gil, Jongro-gu, Seoul
  3. 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 war_women@naver.com.

The Korean Council spreads the message of human rights and peace through supporting establishment of Statue of Peace and organizing commemorative events for the public to remember the history and activism through arts. On December 14, 2011, the 1,000th Wednesday Demonstration was held and the Statue of Peace was revealed. The Statue of Peace symbolizes the victims’ youth that was stolen and calls for apology and remembrance.

What is Statue of Peace?

The Statue of Peace, often called ‘Sonyeosang’ in Korea or ‘Comfort Woman’ Statue in Japan, is a symbol of the victims of sexual slavery by the Japanese imperial military during World War II. The Statue of Peace was erected to call for apology and remembrance for the Japanese military sexual slavery issue and to hope for prevention of sexual violence in armed conflict across the world, and serves as an educational space for everyone. While the Statue of Peace takes various forms depending on the region, it still symbolizes remembrance for the Japanese military sexual slavery issue and realization of human rights and peace.

What does the Statue of Peace look like?

The general form describes a girl sitting on a chair and staring at the Japanese embassy, which describes the young age at which the victims were abducted during the Japanese colonial period.

A bird sitting on the girl’s left shoulder symbolizes victims who passed away before receiving apology from the Japanese government. The girl’s hair that is torn away symbolizes pain of separation with family and home.

The girl’s clutched hands represents 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’, stigma from the society, and ignorance of the government.

The empty chair symbolizes solidarity from the past, present, and in the future. It represents the solidarity of people who remember and commemorate the victims. It also represents a space of solidarity where people can remember the lives of victims through 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 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 souls of victims who passed away, who suffered and dreamed of true emancipation.

The Korean Council promotes awareness of the Japanese military sexual slavery issue and an international call for resolution of the Japanese Military Sexual Slavery issue.

  • Domestic Solidarity
  1. Government programs : The Korean Council organizes programs to demand annulment of the 2015 Korea-Japan Agreement and just resolution of the Japanese military sexual slavery issue.
  2. Statue of Peace : The Korean Council builds solidarity with organizations that establish Statue of Peace.
  • International Solidarity
  1. Asian Solidarity Conference for Resolution of the Issue of Military Sexual Slavery by Japan : The Korean Council organizes Asian Solidarity Conference to build solidarity among victims, support organizations, and citizens from South Korea, North Korea, Taiwan, the Philippines, China, Indonesia, and East Timor and issue resolutions.

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

  • Butterfly Fund

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 halmonis. Two halmonis 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, two halmonis started the Butterfly Fund and citizens stood in solidarity with halmonis.

The Butterfly Fund currently supports victims of sexual violence in Vietnam, Uganda, the Democratic Republic of Congo, and other regions.

The Korean Council builds archives through finding, collecting, and categorizing documents and testimonies of survivors to investigate and reveal the crimes committed by the Japanese military.

The Korean Council offers education to the future generation and citizens to understand the issue of Japanese Military Sexual Slavery as an issue of human rights and peace through development and distribution of educational materials.

The Korean Council works to educate human rights and builds solidarity with and supports the future generation through scholarship programs.