Connecting future regional human rights leaders

The EAYAN Program seeks to help rising activists work collaboratively and holistically towards finding solutions to pressing human rights concerns in East Asia.

Throughout the course of the EAYAN program, participants will:

Forward efforts towards establishing a regional framework

Using a holistic approach that considers the norms and principles of international human rights mechanisms.

Gain theoretical and practical knowledge

On how a human rights concern is addressed and understood across East Asia.

Develop cooperative projects

Transforming ideas into actions, and exploring collaborative strategies.

Work on an online platform

Making the network sustainable and to share recent information and developments across countries.

The theme for the 2020 EAYAN Program Workshop is Gender Equality

Across the world, women and girls are subjected to discrimination, violence and other harmful stereotypes and practices that negatively impact not only upon their fundamental human rights, but also upon the social and economic stability of societies. The 2020 EAYAN Program Workshop will focus on how regional activists can use international treaties and conventions to implement projects and campaigns aimed at ending gender inequality in East Asia.

Regional News on Gender Equality

Japanese journalist Shiori Ito is awarded damages in landmark rape case

[THE WASHINGTON POST] A Japanese civil court awarded about $30,000 in damages to a journalist who alleged she was raped by a powerful television bureau chief, in a case that highlighted Japan's outdated rape laws and the obstacles women face in alleging sexual misconduct in a nation run by a conservative, male-dominated establishment.

Transgender student admission sparks controversy among students

[THE KOREA TIMES] The admission of a transgender woman to Sookmyung Women's University has sparked controversy among students over whether she is eligible to be a student at the women-only college that was founded to give women opportunities to study when they had fewer opportunities than men.

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