Sexual Violence in Conflict – The example of “Comfort Women”

On 28 January, the Minister of Gender Equality and Family of Korea, Yoonsun Cho, was in co-operation with Laima Liucija Andrikienė MEP (EPP), Zita Gurmai MEP (S&D), Silvana Koch-Mehrin MEP (ALDE), Jean Lambert MEP (Greens), Herbert Reul MEP (EPP) and Raül Romeva i Rueda MEP (Greens) presenting an animation film on “Violence against Women perpetrated by the State in Armed Conflicts Situation: The case of ‘Comfort Women’”.

Choosing the presentation form of an animated movie, the Ministry of Gender Equality and Family of Korea approached in a very remarkable and unique way the topic of the “Comfort Women”, who were victimized by the Japanese Military during World War II. The film is also the official contribution of the Ministry of Gender Equality and Family to this year’s Angoulême International Comics Festival, held from 30 January to 2 February 2014. The production aims at reclaiming the dignity of the comfort station victims as well as at fabricating benevolent understanding within the international community concerning the issue of wartime violence against women’s rights.

The film screening was followed by a presentation and discussion of the importance of the issue by Minister Yoonsun Cho. Opening Remarks were given by Silvana Koch-Mehrin MEP.