The Education for Social Justice Foundation is holding two events commemorating the 30th anniversary of Kim Hak-Soon halmoni’s public testimony: an online forum on August 13 and a communal art project on August 14.
On August 14, 1991, as a surviving victim of the Japanese military sexual slavery system, Kim Hak-Soon halmoni* gave the first public testimony about her experiences before and during WWII. In 2012, at the 11th Asian Solidarity Conference for the Issue of Military Sexual Slavery by Japan, August 14 was declared as the International “Comfort Women” Day.
*Halmoni means ‘grandma’ in Korean. Activists began calling the victims and survivors of Japan’s WWII military sexual slavery system “grandmothers” rather than referring to them euphemistically as “comfort women.” The girls and young women who were once sex slaves had grown old by the time they publicly broke their silence.
Aug. 13 Online Forum: Herstory and Legacy of Kim Hak-Soon Halmoni
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