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Abuses against minority women in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region are growing amid ongoing reports that up to 1.8 million Uyghurs and other Muslim minorities have been detained in a vast network of internment camps since early 2017. Our intern Minju Kim explores this issue in her card news.
(East Asia Forum, 8 April 2021) Kang Kyung-wha said goodbye to her role as South Korea’s foreign minister in February as Chung Eui-yong assumed the post. Kang leaves behind a legacy of achievements in a particularly thorny period in South Korean diplomatic history.
(TIME, 30 March 2021) On Mar. 17, a district court in Sapporo, Japan ruled that the government’s failure to recognise same-sex marriage was “unconstitutional'. The court also found that the official view of marriage—as exclusively a union between “both sexes”—contravened constitutional commitments to equality for all Japanese.
(Taipei Times, 4 April 2021) To tackle the issue of “period poverty,” the Taipei Department of Education is considering offering free menstrual pads to female junior-high school students.
▲Image: Memorial in Sinchon, Seoul for recently lost transgender activists. Credit: @tg_jokabo / Twitter Author: Minju Kim ‘Scrutinizing gender again...and recognizing transgender people as ‘citizens’ can traverse and move beyond the de facto gender norms.’ Seonwoo Yoon in 'Scrutinizing ‘Gender’ to ‘Transgender’ On February 24 2021, Kihong Kim, Co-Chair of the Jeju Queer Culture Festival Organization Committee and a former candidate for Proportional...
(The Kyunghyang Shinmun, 25 March 2021) On March 9, about a month before the April 7 by-elections, a civic organization, Joint Action Against the Power-based Sexual Violence by the Seoul Mayor, consulted the Seoul City Election Commission on violations of the Public Official Election Act in order to hang placards with the words, “Why Are We Having the By-Election?”...
(Japan Today, March 8 2021) NHK rebroadcasted the documentary "Buried Voices 25 Years of Truth-Sexual Violence in the Event of a Disaster". The documentary featured interviews of sexual violence victims from disaster shelters during the Great East Japan Earthquake.
(South China Morning Post, 8 March 2021) The Chinese labour force population of people aged between 16-59 has fallen for 8 years. Beijing has been trying to encourage population growth. Observers say examining gender balance among core leadership might be a starting point.