Women from both North and South Korea have agreed on a North-South joint forum in November to discuss resolutions to the Comfort Women issue.
A venue for the forum has not been determined.
The participants, who met in Shenyang, China, announced on Friday their shared view that Japan is denying responsibility for acts committed during World War II and seeking to distort history. In particular, they criticized Japan for not taking responsibility for the Comfort Women, the thousands of women from across Asia forced into prostitution by the Empire of Japan during World War II.
The announcement also stated that they deeply worry about Japan’s rightward political shift and will seek appropriate responses to Japan’s change, especially by strengthening the bond between North and South.
They said that they believe that women will play an especially important role in improving relations between North and South Korea and in relieving tensions on the Korean Peninsula.
Ten women from South Korea participated in the meeting, including Yoon Mee-hyang, Han Kuk-yom and Kim Sun-shil from the Council for the Women Drafted for Military Sexual Slavery by Japan, and other representatives from the Korea Women’s Association United, the National Council of Churches in Korea, Women Making Peace, the Korean Council for Reconciliation and Cooperation and Women Corea.
Meanwhile, three women from North Korea participated in the meeting, including Park Young Hee of the North’s Committee for enforcing the 6.15 Joint Agreements.
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