A joint statement issued by major women’s groups and the International Women’s Federation

“Korea still has a long way to go in terms of women’s rights

We, 116 global civil society organizations, call on Yoon Suk-yeol, the president-elect of the Republic of
Korea, to withdraw his pledge to abolish the Ministry of Gender Equality and Family
Yoon Suk-yeol, the candidate of the People Power Party (PPP), won the presidential election on March 9 in South Korea. During the campaign, Yoon and the PPP actively stirred up and capitalized on the anti-feminist backlash,
instead of proposing reasonable policy solutions to current critical issues, including deepening economic
inequalities after the Covid-19 outbreak and gender-based discrimination and violence entrenched in society. In
particular, Yoon made abolishing the Ministry of Gender Equality and Family a central pledge of his campaign,
saying that there is no systemic gender discrimination in South Korea. Now discussions are underway regarding the
governmental reorganization in the presidential transition committee, but he has not yet withdrawn his promise to
abolish the Ministry. We, the global civil society organizations, are strongly concerned about his position.
While womenโ€™s long struggles have brought achievements on gender equality and womenโ€™s rights, we are now
facing global crises, such as widening inequalities, climate injustice, the Covid-19 pandemic, and the growing
trends of regression in womenโ€™s rights. The South Korean government, as the chair of the Asia-Pacific Group of the
UN Commission on the Status of Women and a member of the UN Human Rights Council, is currently playing a
leading role in gender equality and womenโ€™s rights at a global level. The idea of abolishing the Ministry is a serious
regression on womenโ€™s rights, which will have a detrimental impact not only on South Korea, but also on the Asia-
Pacific region and the international community.
The importance of a gender equality national machinery with adequate resources and budget was already
recognized in the Beijing Platform for Action in 1995, a global norm on womenโ€™s rights unanimously adopted by
189 countries, including South Korea. In 2021, the UN Commission on the Status of Women recommended in the
65 th Agreed Conclusions that the national governments strengthen the capacity of national machineries for gender
equality by allocating sufficient financial, technical and human resources, to enable them to effectively carry out
their mandates.
South Korea is classified as a developed country on economic and social scales, but there is still a long way to go in
terms of womenโ€™s rights. We, global civil society organizations, strongly call on the president-elect Yoon and the
PPP to recognize its obligation to advance gender equality and come up with practical and substantive policy
measures to strengthen the mandate and the role of the Ministry of Gender Equality and Family. Lastly, we deeply
respect, support and will continue to stand in solidarity with courageous South Korean women and feminists who
are fighting for changes towards gender equality and womenโ€™s rights.
April 3, 2022
Signed by 116 global civil society organizations and 17 Gender Scholars/Independent Feminist Activists
(Global organizations)

  1. Congregation of Our Lady of Charity of the Good Shepherd (Global)
  2. Equality Now (Global)
  3. Development Alternatives with Women for a New Era (DAWN)(Global)
  4. Global Network of Sex Work Projects (NSWP)(Global)
  5. International Alliance of Women (Global)
  6. MenEngage Global Alliance (Global)
  7. Women’s Global Network for Reproductive Rights (Global)
  8. Women’s Major Group (Global)
  9. Human Rights Watch (Global)
    (Regional organizations)
  10. Arab Women Network for Parity & Solidarity (Arab region)
  11. Asia Pacific Forum on Women, Law and Development (APWLD)(Asia-Pacific)
  12. Asian-Pacific Resource and Research Centre for Women (ARROW) (Asia-Pacific)
  13. Beijing-SDG5 Facilitation Group (Asia-Pacific)
  14. Cross-Regional Center for Refugees and Migrants (MENA, Gulf, and Euro-Mediterranean Regions)
  15. ERA – LGBTI Equal Rights Association for Western Balkans and Turkey (Western Balkans and Turkey)
  16. FEMNET- African Womenโ€™s Development and Communication Network (Africa)
  17. International Women’s Rights Action Watch Asia Pacific (IWRAW AP) (Asia-Pacific)
  18. Migrant Forum in Asia (Asia-Pacific)
  19. Sangat (South Asia)
    (National/local organizations)
  20. ACbit (Timor Leste)
  21. Acciรณn Ciudadana por la Democracia y el Desarrollo (Ecuador)
  22. ACLCVBG (Cape Verde)
  23. Adรฉquations (France)
  24. All Women Action Society (AWAM)(Malaysia)
  25. Amihan National Federation of Peasant Women (Philippines)
  26. Arab Women Organization of Jordan (Jordan)
  27. Asian Peoples’ Movement on Debt and Development (Philippines)
  28. Association ESE (North Macedonia)
  29. Banglar Manabadhikar Suraksha Mancha (MASUM) (India)
  30. Beyond Borders Malaysia (Malaysia)
  31. Blind Women Association โ€“ Nepal (Nepal)
  32. Centro Alma Sabatini (Italy)
  33. Coordinadora de la Mujer (Bolivia)
  34. Diverse Voices and Action (DIVA) for Equality (Fiji)
  35. Education for Social Justice Foundation (United States)
  36. Ekologi Maritim Indonesia (EKOMARIN)(Indonesia)
  37. Equal opportunities office, LaUnited Statesnne University (Switzerland)
  38. Equality Rights Alliance (Australia)
  39. Equidad de Genero ciudadania trabajo y familia (Mexico)
  40. Eur (Germany)
  41. Fiji Women’s Rights Movement (Fiji)
  42. FOKUS – Forum for Women and Development (Norway)
  43. Fondation Eboko (France)
  44. Fondazione Pangea (Italy)
  45. Foundation for Women (Thailand)
  46. Fund for Congolese Women (Democratic Republic of Congo)
  47. Fundacion Arcoiris por el respeto a la diversidad sexual (Mรฉxico)
  48. Fundaciรณn Mexicana para la Planeaciรณn Familiar, A. C. MEXFAM(Mรฉxico)
  49. Gender Equity: Citizenship, Work and Family (Mexico)
  50. Gender Solution (Poland)
  51. Gender-Centru (Republic of Moldova)
  52. GenDev Centre for Research and Innovation (India)
  53. Good Shepherd Sisters (South Korea)
  54. Hackney Green Party (United Kingdom)
  55. Independent citizen (Malaysia)
  56. Japan Womenโ€™s Watch (Japan)
  57. Karapatan (Philippines)
  58. Korea Center for United Nations Human Rights Policy (KOCUN) (South Korea)
  59. Kyiv Institute for Gender Studies (Ukraine)
  60. MADPET-Malaysians Against Death Penalty and Torture (Malaysia)
  61. Manushya Foundation (Thailand)
  62. MARIJร€N (Haรฏti)
  63. MSI Reproductive Choices (United Kingdom)
  64. Nabi United States Washington DC (United States)
  65. Nashinoki Peace Academy (Japan)
  66. National Indigenous Women Forum (NIWF)(Nepal)
  67. National Council of Women of Ukraine, Centre for Social and Gender Research (Ukraine)
  68. Network of Women’s Rights of Ghana (NETRIGHT)(Ghana)
  69. New Women Foundation (Egypt)
  70. Nijera Kori (Bangladesh)
  71. PA Women’s organization Alga (Kyrgyzstan)
  72. Pacific Human Rights Initiative (Samoa)
  73. PacificwinPacific (Australia)
  74. Partners of Community Organisations (PACOS)(Malaysia)
  75. Penang Gandhi Peace Centre (Malaysia)
  76. People’s Empowerment Foundation (Thailand)
  77. Persatuan Sahabat Wanita Selangor (Malaysia)
  78. Pertubuhan Solidariti Hijau Kuantan (Malaysia)
  79. PO”Otifa”(Tajikistan)
  80. POURAKHI Nepal (Nepal)
  81. Punjab Women Collective (India)
  82. PUPA(Indonesia)
  83. ReFocus Consulting (Canada)
  84. Religious of the Sacred Heart of Mary (United States)
  85. Roots for Equity (Pakistan)
  86. Rumpun (Yogyakarta Indonesia)
  87. S.P.Jain Institute of Management & Research (SPJIMR)(India)
  88. Shobujer Ovijan Foundation (SOF)(Bangladesh)
  89. Sisters in Islam (Malaysia)
  90. Social Health and Empowerment Youth Initiative (Uganda)
  91. Society for the Promotion of Human Rights (Malaysia)
  92. Solidaritas Perempuan(Indonesia)
  93. Soroptimist International (United Kingdom)
  94. Southern African Centre for the Constructive Resolution of Disputes (SACCORD)(Zambia)
  95. Stephanie Ortoleva Consulting (United States)
  96. Sukaar Welfare Organization (Pakistan)
  97. Teoh Beng Hock Trust for Democracy (Malaysia)
  98. The Foundation for Elimination of Violence Against Women “Mitra Perempuan”(Indonesia)
  99. The Gender Lens (United Kingdom)
  100. The William Gomes Podcast (United Kingdom)
  101. The WomanStats Project (United States)
  102. Unchained At Laat (United States)
  103. United Reformed Church/ World Communion of Reformed Churches (United Kingdom)
  104. Viluthu (Sri Lanka)
  105. We Women Lanka (Sri Lanka)
  106. Women Engage for a Common Future – WECF (Netherlands)
  107. Women In The Loop Ltd. (United Kingdom)
  108. Women Studies and Resource Center (Philippines)
  109. Women’s Coalition-Turkey (Turkey)
  110. Women’s NGOs Cooperation Network of Latvia (Latvia)
  111. Women’s Support and Information Centre NPO (Estonia)
  112. WSCFAP (Hong Kong)
  113. WWHR – New Ways (Turkey)
  114. YAPESDI(Indonesia)
  115. Young Feminists Collective (Philippines)
  116. YUWA(Nepal)
    (Gender Scholars / Independent Feminist Activists)
  117. Sandra Fahy (Carleton University, Canada)
  118. Margaret Holland (Columbia University, United States)
  119. Nur Aini (Freelance Consultant, Indonesia)
  120. Leroy Romane (Graduate student, South Korea)
  121. Erlinda Binti Joseph (Lindu) (Independent Gender Consultant, Malaysia)
  122. Eunha Kim (South Korea)
  123. Suguna Papachan (Malaysia)
  124. Marina PervinJuthi (Initiative for Right View (IRV), Bangladesh)
  125. Matthew Girsangv (Indonesia)
  126. Miyeon Choi (South Korea)
  127. Talisha Schilder (Leiden University, the Netherlands)
  128. Mabel Bianco (Feminist Medical Doctor, Argentina)
  129. Ruth Mbone (Kenya)
  130. Daniela Jaukv(United States)
  131. Ho Yock Lin (Feminist Activist, Malaysia)
  132. Dale Snauwaert (University of Toledo, United States)

์šฐ๋ฆฌ 116๊ฐœ ๊ตญ์ œ์‹œ๋ฏผ์‚ฌํšŒ๋‹จ์ฒด๋“ค์€

์œค์„์—ด ํ•œ๊ตญ ๋Œ€ํ†ต๋ น ๋‹น์„ ์ธ์ด ์—ฌ์„ฑ๊ฐ€์กฑ๋ถ€ ํ์ง€ ๊ณต์•ฝ์„ ์ฒ ํšŒํ•  ๊ฒƒ์„ ์š”๊ตฌํ•œ๋‹ค

์ง€๋‚œ 3์›” 9์ผ ์น˜๋Ÿฌ์ง„ ํ•œ๊ตญ์˜ ๋Œ€ํ†ต๋ น ์„ ๊ฑฐ์—์„œ ๊ตญ๋ฏผ์˜ํž˜ ์œค์„์—ด ํ›„๋ณด๊ฐ€ ๋‹น์„ ๋˜์—ˆ๋‹ค. ์œค ํ›„๋ณด์™€ ๊ตญ๋ฏผ์˜ํž˜์€ ์„ ๊ฑฐ ๊ณผ์ •์—์„œ ์ฝ”๋กœ๋‚˜19 ํŒฌ๋ฐ๋ฏน์œผ๋กœ ์ธํ•œ ๋ถˆํ‰๋“ฑ์˜ ์‹ฌํ™”, ๋งŒ์—ฐํ•œ ์„ฑ์ฐจ๋ณ„๊ณผ ์„ฑํญ๋ ฅ์˜ ํ˜„์‹ค ๋“ฑ ์‹œ๊ธ‰ํ•˜๊ณ  ์ค‘๋Œ€ํ•œ ํ•œ๊ตญ์˜ ์‚ฌํšŒ ๋ฌธ์ œ๋ฅผ ํ•ด๊ฒฐํ•˜๊ธฐ ์œ„ํ•œ ํ•ฉ๋ฆฌ์ ์ธ ์ •์ฑ…์„ ์ œ์•ˆํ•˜๋Š” ๋Œ€์‹ , ์•ˆํ‹ฐ ํŽ˜๋ฏธ๋‹ˆ์ฆ˜ ๋ฐฑ๋ž˜์‹œ ์ •์„œ๋ฅผ ๋ถ€์ถ”๊ธฐ๊ณ  ์ด๋ฅผ ์„ ๊ฑฐ์— ์ ๊ทน์ ์œผ๋กœ ํ™œ์šฉํ•˜์˜€๋‹ค. ํŠนํžˆ, ์œค ๋‹น์„ ์ธ์€ โ€˜ํ•œ๊ตญ ์‚ฌํšŒ์— ๊ตฌ์กฐ์ ์ธ ์„ฑ์ฐจ๋ณ„์€ ์—†๋‹คโ€™๊ณ  ๋งํ•˜๋ฉด์„œ, ์—ฌ์„ฑ๊ฐ€์กฑ๋ถ€๋ฅผ ํ์ง€ํ•˜๊ฒ ๋‹ค๋Š” ๊ณต์•ฝ์„ ํ•ต์‹ฌ์œผ๋กœ ๋‚ด๋†“์•˜๋‹ค. ๊ทธ๋ฆฌ๊ณ  ๋Œ€ํ†ต๋ น์ง ์ธ์ˆ˜์œ„์›ํšŒ์—์„œ ์ •๋ถ€ ์กฐ์ง ๊ฐœํŽธ์•ˆ์— ๊ด€ํ•œ ๋…ผ์˜๊ฐ€ ์ง„ํ–‰๋˜๋Š” ํ˜„์žฌ๋„ ์ด ๊ณต์•ฝ์„ ์ „ํ˜€ ์ฒ ํšŒํ•˜์ง€ ์•Š๊ณ  ์žˆ๋‹ค. ์šฐ๋ฆฌ ๊ตญ์ œ์‹œ๋ฏผ์‚ฌํšŒ๋‹จ์ฒด๋“ค์€ ์ด๋Ÿฌํ•œ ๊ทธ์˜ ํ–‰๋ณด์— ๊ฐ•ํ•œ ์šฐ๋ ค๋ฅผ ํ‘œํ•œ๋‹ค.

์—ฌ์„ฑ๋“ค์˜ ์˜ค๋žœ ํˆฌ์Ÿ์œผ๋กœ ์ด๋ฃจ์–ด ๋‚ธ ์„ฑํ‰๋“ฑ๊ณผ ์—ฌ์„ฑ์ธ๊ถŒ ์„ฑ๊ณผ๋“ค์€ ๊ธ€๋กœ๋ฒŒ ๊ฒฝ์ œ์œ„๊ธฐ, ๊ธฐํ›„์œ„๊ธฐ, ์ฝ”๋กœ๋‚˜19 ํŒฌ๋ฐ๋ฏน, ๋ฐ˜์—ฌ์„ฑ์ธ๊ถŒ์ ์ธ ์ €ํ•ญ ๋“ฑ์— ๋ถ€๋”ชํ˜€ ์ „์„ธ๊ณ„์ ์œผ๋กœ ์œ„๊ธฐ๋ฅผ ๋งž๊ณ  ์žˆ๋‹ค. ์œ ์—” ์—ฌ์„ฑ์ง€์œ„์œ„์›ํšŒ ์•„์‹œ์•„ํƒœํ‰์–‘ ๊ทธ๋ฃน ์˜์žฅ์ด์ž ์œ ์—”์ธ๊ถŒ์ด์‚ฌ๊ตญ์œผ๋กœ์จ ๊ตญ์ œ์‚ฌํšŒ์—์„œ ์„ฑํ‰๋“ฑ ๊ทœ๋ฒ”๊ณผ ๊ด€๋ จํ•˜์—ฌ ์ค‘์š”ํ•œ ์—ญํ• ์„ ํ•ด์˜ค๊ณ  ์žˆ๋Š” ํ•œ๊ตญ ์ •๋ถ€๊ฐ€ ์—ฌ์„ฑ๊ฐ€์กฑ๋ถ€ ํ์ง€๋ฅผ ํ˜„์‹คํ™”ํ•œ๋‹ค๋ฉด, ์ด๋Š” ์—ฌ์„ฑ์ธ๊ถŒ์˜ ์‹ฌ๊ฐํ•œ ํ‡ดํ–‰์ด๋ฉฐ, ํ•œ๊ตญ๋ฟ ์•„๋‹ˆ๋ผ, ์•„์‹œ์•„ ์ง€์—ญ, ๊ทธ๋ฆฌ๊ณ  ๊ตญ์ œ์‚ฌํšŒ์— ํฐ ์•…์˜ํ–ฅ์„ ๋ฏธ์น  ๊ฒƒ์ด๋‹ค.

โ€˜์ ์ ˆํ•œ ์˜ˆ์‚ฐ๊ณผ ์ธ๋ ฅ์„ ๋ณด์žฅ๋ฐ›๋Š” ์„ฑํ‰๋“ฑ ์ •์ฑ… ์ „๋‹ด๊ธฐ๊ตฌ์˜ ํ•„์š”์„ฑโ€™์€ ์ด๋ฏธ 1995๋…„ ํ•œ๊ตญ์„ ํฌํ•จํ•œ 189๊ฐœ๊ตญ์˜ ๋งŒ์žฅ์ผ์น˜๋กœ ํ†ต๊ณผ๋˜์—ˆ๋˜ ๊ตญ์ œ ๊ทœ๋ฒ”์ธ โ€˜๋ฒ ์ด์ง•ํ–‰๋™๊ฐ•๋ นโ€™์— ๋ช…์‹œ๋˜์–ด ์žˆ๋‹ค. ๋˜ํ•œ 2021๋…„ ์œ ์—”์—ฌ์„ฑ์ง€์œ„์œ„์›ํšŒ๋Š” ์ œ65์ฐจ ํ•ฉ์˜๊ฒฐ๋ก ์—์„œ ๋ถ๊ฒฝํ–‰๋™๊ฐ•๋ น์˜ ํšจ๊ณผ์ ์ธ ์ดํ–‰์„ ์œ„ํ•ด ๊ฐ๊ตญ์˜ ์„ฑํ‰๋“ฑ ์ „๋‹ด ๊ธฐ๊ตฌ๋ฅผ ๊ฐ•ํ™”ํ•  ๊ฒƒ์„ ๊ถŒ๊ณ ํ•˜๊ธฐ๋„ ํ•˜์˜€๋‹ค.

ํ•œ๊ตญ์€ ๊ฐ์ข… ๊ฒฝ์ œ์‚ฌํšŒ ์ง€ํ‘œ์—์„œ ์„ ์ง„๊ตญ์˜ ์œ„์น˜์— ์žˆ์ง€๋งŒ, ์—ฌ์„ฑ์ธ๊ถŒ์˜ ์ธก๋ฉด์— ์žˆ์–ด์„œ ์•„์ง ๊ฐ€์•ผํ•  ๊ธธ์ด ๋ฉ€๋‹ค. ์šฐ๋ฆฌ ๊ตญ์ œ์‹œ๋ฏผ์‚ฌํšŒ๋‹จ์ฒด๋“ค์€ ํ•œ๊ตญ ์ •๋ถ€๊ฐ€ ์„ฑํ‰๋“ฑ ์ฆ์ง„์˜ ์ฑ…๋ฌด์ž๋กœ์จ์˜ ์—ญํ• ์„ ์ธ์ง€ํ•˜๊ณ , ์—ฌ์„ฑ๊ฐ€์กฑ๋ถ€์˜ ๊ถŒํ•œ๊ณผ ์—ญํ• ์„ ๊ฐ•ํ™”ํ•˜๊ธฐ ์œ„ํ•œ ๊ตฌ์ฒด์ ์ด๊ณ  ํ˜„์‹ค์ ์ธ ๋ฐฉ์•ˆ์„ ๋งˆ๋ จํ•  ๊ฒƒ์„ ์š”๊ตฌํ•œ๋‹ค. ๋˜ํ•œ ์—ฌ์„ฑ์ธ๊ถŒ ์ฆ์ง„์— ๊ด€ํ•œ ์ˆ˜๋งŽ์€ ๋ณ€ํ™”๋ฅผ ๋งŒ๋“ค์–ด์˜จ ์šฉ๊ธฐ ์žˆ๋Š” ํ•œ๊ตญ ์—ฌ์„ฑ๋“ค์„ ๊นŠ์ด ์กด๊ฒฝํ•˜๊ณ  ์‘์›ํ•˜๋ฉฐ, ์•ž์œผ๋กœ๋„ ์„ฑํ‰๋“ฑ ์‹คํ˜„์„ ์œ„ํ•œ ์ด๋“ค์˜ ํ™œ๋™์— ๊ณ„์† ์—ฐ๋Œ€ํ•  ๊ฒƒ์ด๋‹ค.

2022๋…„ 4์›” 3์ผ 116๊ฐœ ๊ตญ์ œ ์‹œ๋ฏผ์‚ฌํšŒ๋‹จ์ฒด

(๋‹จ์ฒด ๋ช…๋‹จ์€ ํ•˜๋‹จ ์ฐธ์กฐ)