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Feminism is gaining popularity in South Korea

Every March 8 in the country are big performances

Photo: Korea Herald

/NOVOSTIVL/ On Friday afternoon, Gwanghwamun Square in Seoul turned into a sea of purple with thousands of women flocking to celebrate International Women’s Day. This article appered in The Korea Herald.

South Korea has celebrated International Women’s Day since the 1920s, but it was only in 1985 that the country officially began to hold events to support women’s rights.

The Korean Women’s Association United organizes annual events to mark International Women’s Day in cities across the nation. In Seoul this year, over 5,000 people took part, including the marching crowds, according to the association. It was a significant increase over last year, when some 3,000 people from across the country gathered in Seoul for the celebration.

On the sidelines, some 30 activist groups set up booths to promote awareness of the need to expand women’s presence in politics, end sexual abuse in sports, embrace vegan feminism, stop young people from being exploited through sex trade, end sexual harassment in cyberspace and achieve justice for the elderly survivors of wartime sex slavery.

The popularity of feminism in Korea

According to a recent survey conducted by the Korean Women’s Development Institute in July 2018, about half of the 1,004 female respondents said they consider themselves feminists.

Also, 81.5 percent said they were interested in gender inequality issues in Korean society, and 88.5 percent said they supported the #MeToo movement.

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