From Richard S. Boas, MD
It is my pleasure to announce KUMSN’s bimonthly Newsletter, starting in May. Our newsletter will include relevant articles, links to related activities, events, book and movie reviews, and research. In this way, we hope to continue to raise the visibility of the issue of unwed Korean moms, inform/educate, promote discussion?and debate, and foster real change in Korea. We are the only organization to do this, full-time.
POSITIVE CHANGE FOR UNWED MOMS
I just returned from my eighth trip to Korea, and am pleased to report that there is real and rapidly growing interest in this issue, and change is already occurring. The Korean government is expanding support for unwed moms; though limited, it is a start. We had the pleasure and privilege of meeting with Attorney Lee Myung Sook, Chair, Human Rights, Korean Bar association. She is keenly interested in helping the moms. KUMSN sponsored a very well-received Forum on unwed moms, held by Korean Womens Development Institute, at which KUMSN-sponsored research by KWDI was presented. We met with The Anti-Corruption and Civil Rights Commission (ACRC), which has already made recommendations for increased support of the moms.
However, we are most excited that the moms themselves are coming forward, speaking out and being interviewed. They are forming, and seek NGO status for, their new organization, Korean Unwed Mothers Family Association. One member, Ms. Choi Hyung Sook, a major presenter at the Forum, is their Team Manager of External Relations.
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We look forward to hearing from you and to sharing news of progress with you, please share your insights with us!