Target: President of South Korea, Park Geun-hye, and Prime Minister of Japan, Shinzo Abe
Goal: Support the South Korean and Japanese women who were forced into prostitution during war
For the first time in history, South Korean and Japanese former “comfort women” are taking legal action for being subjected to prostitution by the government. Enabled by the South Korean and Japanese government, during and after World War II and the Korean War, the women were made to be prostitutes. The women often found themselves in dangerous situations, being placed in the frontlines of the war or having sexually transmitted diseases that at times led to an inability to bear children later on in life. To make matters worse, today the government has denied benefits to the former “comfort women” and has glazed over the historical facts, denying that any women were abducted into the system or threatened by the government if they refused to perform sexual acts. Ultimately, the women demand an apology from the government and for the truth to be known to the world. With most of the women now reaching the end of their lives, their goals must be met immediately by the government.
The South Korean and Japanese governments put their women in camptowns not only to maintain good relations with the American government, but also to feel better about themselves. Both governments needed to put down others in order to negate the subjugation they felt from the United States’ government. Since it is traditional of both cultures for women to be kept away from society, it is unusual that the governments, mostly composed of men, would surrender their women. The governments used the women to maintain their masculinity, sacrificing their own people to save face.
Please show your support for the women whose lives were ruined by being forced into prostitution.
Dear President of South Korea, Park Geun-hye, and Prime Minister of Japan, Shinzo Abe,
Please acknowledge the suffering that your governments inflicted on former “comfort women” who still today deal with disease, loss of life, and the inability to bear children, as well as the emotional and physical effects of forced prostitution. It is imperative to act as soon as possible because many of these women are in the last years of their lives. Their goals to procure a formal apology and benefits from the government not only give the women and their families peace, but also the provide the world with knowledge of the historical truth.
Remember the past in order to prevent further atrocities in the future. Demonstrate that you care for these brave women.
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