This coming Wednesday the 14th marks the 1000th demonstration by these Korean hamoni (Comfort Women) in Seoul. They have been gathering every Wednesday for the past 18 years in front of the Japanese Embassy demanding their voices be heard and an official apology from the Japanese government for the sexual slavery committed by the Imperial Army during WWWII.
Toronto ALPHA, the Korean and Chinese Canadian communities is organizing a demonstration in front of the Japanese Embassy in Ottawa on Wednesday to deliver a solemn declaration of support for the victims to the Japanese Government, in a ceremony in memory of those who have perished and celebrating the spirits of the survivors.
I will be joining Toronto ALPHA in Ottawa with camera in hand to document this historic event.
From the Korean Council in Seoul, Korea:
‘The Korean Council for the Women Drafted for Military Sexual Slavery by Japan’ (The Korean Council) is an organization striving to solve matters in regards to military sexual slavery by Japan during WWII, which is one of the most tragic violation against women’s human rights during the war. The Korean Council has endeavored to bring back justice and dignity to the victims since 1990. Our continuous campaigns have drawn great attention from international and national supporters. We all agreed that the violation against women’s human rights in war is still happening around the world and realized the seriousness of the matter.
The Korean Council wishes to restore the victims‟ rights and dignity by solving the “comfort women” issue and is trying to form solidarity with women who are experiencing similar pain from current wars and armed conflicts. The Korean Council is working to prevent the recurrence of similar war crime and is participating in bringing peace to Asia and the world.
For the past 20 years, The Korean Council with Japanese military “comfort women” victims, who are now in their 80s and 90s, have fought in front of Embassy of Japan in Korea demanding formal apology, legal reparation, and other just claims. We call this fight as “Wednesday Demonstration.” Every Wednesday at noon at the same place we have demanded solution to the Japanese military “comfort women” problem. This coming December 14th will mark the extraordinary 1000th Wednesday Demonstration. As The Korean Council welcomes 1000th demonstration mark, we ask women from all over the world to act in solidarity and join the Japanese military “comfort women” victims in their persistent fight.