05 July 2008
'Comfort Women': waiting for justice after 62 years
"The Japanese Government thinks that if all comfort women die, it will be buried and forgotten. But it won’t. As long as our next generation knows about it, it will not be forgotten." Gil Won-Ok (below, right), former "Comfort Woman" from South Korea.

© Paula Allen Former 'Comfort Woman' Gil Won-Ok (right) and friend at the Korean Shelter for Comfort Women Thousands of women known as "comfort women" were forced into servitude by the Government of Japan for the armed forces in the 1930s before and after the Second World War. In what became known as a system of "military sexual slavery", women were abducted, beaten, raped and coerced into providing sexual services for the Japanese military.

The full extent of the sexual slavery system has never been fully disclosed by the Government of Japan, though it is thought that as many as 200,000 women were enslaved. The Government of Japan continues to refuse to officially acknowledge its responsibility for these crimes.

©Paula Allen

The "comfort women" system of forced military prostitution allowed for a range of abuses, such as sexual violence including gang rape and forced abortions, in what has been described as "one of the largest cases of human trafficking in the 20th century."

Many of these women continue to suffer the consequences of these abuses and are courageously speaking out about their experiences and campaigning for justice. Pressure is mounting on Japan as a range of governments across the world have passed resolutions calling for justice for "comfort women".

Resolutions have been passed in the USA, Netherlands, Canada and the European Parliament for the Government of Japan to:

  • accept full responsibility for the abuses of "comfort women"
  • officially apologize for the crimes committed against the women
  • provide adequate and effective compensation

The Government of the Philippines is currently considering passing a resolution that has particular significance because of the number of Filipino women who were enslaved by the Japanese Imperial Army.

Take ActionJoin the former "Comfort Women" in their battle for justice. Show your support for the Philippines to be the next country to pass a resolution calling for Justice for the Comfort Women.

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Time for justice for "Comfort Women"

Dear Sir,
I am appalled that up to 200,000 women, known as "comfort women", including Filipino women, have not received an official apology or been fairly compensated by the Japanese government, more than 62 years after the end of World War II.
The system of forced sexual slavery is a crime against humanity. Other Parliaments, including the Netherlands, Canada and the European Parliament, have called on the Japanese government to address this issue. The Philippines has a unique opportunity to join the growing international voice calling for justice for all the survivors of Japan's military sexual slavery system and their families.
I urge you to support Resolution 124 and to urgently bring this resolution, which calls on the Government of Japan to formally acknowledge, apologize and accept its responsibility, for a vote in the House of Representatives.
Yours sincerely,

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