Education for Social Justice Foundation’s(ESJF) mission is to provide education on past injustices relegated to the sidelines of history. Working closely with students, parents, educators, and scholars across the world, ESJF supports and empowers those seeking to right past wrongs.
ESJF provides both financial and pedagogical supports to schools standing up against social injustice and historical revisionism. It is our belief that education empowers youth to serve as the agents of change. ESJF events include an annual university symposium featuring scholars focusing on key social justice issues. ESJF additionally facilitates workshops for high school teachers on overlooked issues to provide a voice for the historically silenced.
ESJF works to educate the public on unresolved historical conflicts, human rights, and crimes against humanity.*
Our current project involves educating the public on the Japanese military’s “comfort women” system, which forced over 200,000 girls and women from at least 13 Asian countries into sexual slavery by the Japanese Imperial Army before and during WWII. The UN Commission on Human Rights has defined the Japanese military’s “comfort women” system as a crime against humanity. While sexual violence is common during wars, the massive scale and chillingly methodical nature of the “comfort women” system render it a crime against humanity. These “comfort women” are still waiting for an official apology from Japan. By education the public on these victims’ stories of strife, we hope to empower survivors of the criminal comfort women system and to move one step closer to creating a peaceful world.
*Crimes against humanity are crimes that occur usually as part of a government policy that condones or tolerates a wide practice of atrocities. Murder, massacres, dehumanization, genocide, human experimentation, military use of children, kidnappings, unjust imprisonment, enslavement, cannibalism, torture, rape, and political or racial repression are considered as crimes against humanity.
Education for Social Justice Foundation
P.O. Box 225202
San Francisco, CA 94122
Kim Hak-sun was the first woman to come forward about the plight of the comfort woman. As the first to share her story, she helped to bring to the public’s attention the issue of Japanese sex slavery during the Pacific War when she went public with her story in August, 1991.
Ruff-O’Herne was born in 1923 in Bandoeng in the Dutch East Indies, a former Southeast Asian colony of the Dutch Empire. During the Japanese occupation of the Dutch East Indies, O’Herne and thousands of Dutch women were forced into hard physical labor at a prisoner-of-war camp…