women's rights

Raphael Rashid
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#MeToo in South Korea: The Fall of Powerful Men and What's Next

On Mar. 5, staring blankly at the table in front of her, Kim Ji-eun claimed on live TV she had been raped four times and sexually assaulted on numerous occasions over the course of eight months until February this year. She said her perpetrator was Ahn Hee-jung, a former

Ho Kyeong Jang
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South Korea Women's March in Photos

On Mar. 4, with South Korea’s intensifying #MeToo movement, the annual Korea Women’s March took place in central Seoul. Hosted by Korean Women’s Association United (KWAU) and the 3.8 Women’s Day Organizing Committee, the march began in Gwanghwamun, south of the historic Gyeongbokgung Palace.

Seohoi Stephanie Park
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Murder at Gangnam Station: A Year Later

Yesterday marked the first anniversary of the murder near Gangnam Station in Seoul, South Korea. Nearly a thousand people — mostly in the younger generation — silently marched across the streets of Gangnam, paying tribute to a 23-year-old woman who died in the hands of a stranger in a public

Jieun Choi
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Meet S Korea's "Feminist" Grandpas

Handmaids are a rare breed in the Republic of Gilead, where most women are barren. The purpose of their existence is to reproduce. If these few fertile women shirk their duty to breed, they face immediate execution or, worse, are banished to “The Colonies” to die slowly of radiation poisoning.

Seohoi Stephanie Park
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Korea's Independence Movement Had Women, Too

Mar. 1 marks one of Korea’s most famous pro-independence protests, which saw hundreds of thousands take to the streets against Japanese colonial rule in 1919. Many protesters are remembered today as national heroes, but among them, Yu Gwan-sun is one of the few female leaders that most South

Yun Ha Kim
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The Enemy Is Within Our Ranks

Two narratives generally dominate the portrayal of South Korea’s most important holidays, Chuseok (the Autumn Harvest) and Seollal (the Lunar New Year), which was just last week. There’s the happy narrative: Extended families get together to celebrate over traditional home-cooked Korean dishes; smiling celebrities in hanbok promote the

Daniel Corks
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Weekly Brief: August 29th - September 4th

Sunken Ship, Sinking Commission The Sewol Special Investigation Commission held its third hearing into the causes of the tragic ferry disaster from April 2014, despite the government’s attempts to disband it. The government claims that the commission’s term is up and no further hearings on the

Se-Woong Koo
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In Defense of Feminism

A voice actress puts on a T-shirt that reads “Girls do not need a prince” and tweets the photo. That seemingly innocuous phrase prompts widespread accusations that she is a man-hater. Angry men bombards Nexon, a game company for which she did work, with complaints. The company terminates

Emily Singh
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Megalia: South Korean Feminism Marshals the Power of the Internet

Founded on August 6th, 2015, independent website Megalian.com embodies a new type of feminism – one that uses the country’s world-class information and communications technology  infrastructure to promote gender equality and to humorously bash misogyny on the South Korean web. The name, currently filed for trademark registration&

David Volodzko
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Gender Equality in South Korea: A Long Way to Go

In 2004 a police officer in Miryang told several middle school girls who were repeatedly raped over the course of a year by forty-one high school boys that they, the victims, were “embarrassing his hometown”. Eight years later, in 2012, it was revealed that the girlfriend of one of