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Posted by on Oct 20, 2014 in General News

Comfort Women Event: Holocaust Education Week

Holocaust Education Week Nov 2 – 9, 2014: COLLABORATION
“Comfort Women” of Asia: Alone in Atrocities, Together for Justice
An Evening of Assorted Activism

Joy Lee-Ryan is the project coordinator of Toronto Association for Learning & Preserving the History of WWII in Asia (ALPHA), and has shared this coming event with VOW. Joy Lee-Ryan wrote the following: 

“We have an event coming up that focuses on ‘Comfort Women’ in Asia – women who were enslaved by the Japanese military sexual slavery system during WWII. The evening is composed of various parts: an interview with a Dutch POW survivor, a Song Collection presentation, a film screening, and a panel discussion. The goal of our evening is to open up a space for learning and discussing the activism surrounding this women’s human rights issue and how we can move forward to peace and reconciliation.”

Monday, November 3rd, 2014
6:30pm – 8:30pm
William Doo Auditorium – New College, University of Toronto
45 Willcocks Street

ALPHA will take part again in the string of events hosted during the Jewish Holocaust Education week dedicated to educating the public about the history and legacy of the Holocaust during World War II. ALPHA’s panel discussion will be one of the few events that will feature issues from World War II in Asia. Our event titled “Comfort Women” of Asia: Alone in Atrocities, Together for Justice focuses on the resilience found in many survivors of military sexual slavery and how supporters have been giving voice to the unresolved and marginalized “Comfort Women” issues. There will be an interview with a POW survivor, documentary film screening, presentation of “Comfort Women” Song collection, and panel discussion.

Each of our panelists have engaged in artistic, educational, and activist work supporting survivors of Japanese military sexual slavery in various ways. Come and join us on November 3 (Monday) to explore how solidarity in preserving individual memories and collective narratives of survivors can be created through collaboration between survivors, activists, educators, and the larger community.
Background: During the years of World War II in Asia, the Imperial Japanese Army mobilized more than 200,000 women from across Asia into a military sexual slavery system. The victims euphemistically referred to as “Comfort Women” include women who were Korean, Chinese, Malaysian, Filipino, Japanese, Indonesian and Dutch living in East Indies.

Click here for more information on the event.

To RSVP email joy.leeryan@torontoalpha.org.

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