This year’s August 19 marks the first anniversary of the death of Jan Ruff-O’Herne (a Dutch-Australian born in the Dutch Indies, present-day Indonesia, 1923–2019), who was a victim of Japanese military sexual slavery. On August 14, Friends of Comfort Women in Sydney and Melbourne Comfort Women Memorial (MCWM) Task Force (Melbourne, Australia) are organizing a Zoom memorial service in honor of Jan Ruff-O’Herne.
This event will be led by Jan’s loved ones: Carol Ruff, daughter of Jan, and Ruby Challenger, granddaughter of Jan and a film director, who will perform the commemoration songs. Ruby Challenger will talk about her movie, The Handkerchief, which recounts Jan's inspirational life. Pastor Bill Crews from Uniting Church where the Sydney Peace Girl statue is located will read passages from the Bible.
ESJF is one of the supporting organizations for this event.
In celebration of UN Women’s 10th anniversary and the 75th anniversary of the UN, civil society--consisting of organizations such as the Feminist and Women’s Movement Action Plan, NGO CSW, and UN Women USA--is dedicating a chapter of an online book, Thank you United Nations! Sung's message of appreciation is in it.
Sung wrote about how she has been encouraged by the way the UN has responded to women’s movements, especially Japanese military sexual slavery before and during WWII.