ONE YEAR AFTER #METOO: ASSESSMENT AND PERSPECTIVES
WHAT #METOO HAS DONE, IS DOING, AND MUST DO FOR WOMEN – A SOUTH KOREAN PERSPECTIVE
South Korean feminist Nayoung Kim will join the FiLiA conference to talk about the contemporary South Korean women’s movement in connection with the global phenomenon of #MeToo. In recent years, tens and thousands of South Korean women have begun to take to the streets to protest male violence against women. Despite extreme backlash from men and patriarchal systems, or maybe because of it, more and more women are joining the movement against male dominance. As in many parts of the world, #MeToo in South Korea has challenged several powerful men and brought some down, while others remain unsullied and unpunished. Nayoung Kim will discuss the case of Ahn Hee Jung, a former governor and political star who was recently acquitted of sexual assault by coercion. Using this example as a jumping off point, she will offer her thoughts on what #MeToo has done, is doing, and must do for women across the globe.
About Ayoung: Nayoung Kim is a feminist activist, writer, and attorney from South Korea. Her activist journey began in the South Korean women’s movement. She trained as an advocate for victims of violence against women and wrote about women’s rights for Korea Women’s Hotline, the oldest and largest organization combatting male violence against women in South Korea. She went to the University of Michigan Law School to learn about feminist legal practice and theory from Catharine A. MacKinnon. She is also involved with Prostitution Research & Education, AWCEP Asian Women for Equality (formerly Asian Women Coalition Ending Prostitution), and Af3irm, a transnational feminist organization. Her online feminist project is Korea Women’s Liberation. She is currently translating Andrea Dworkin’s Woman Hating into Korean.