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Posted : 2013-06-18 19:36
Updated : 2013-06-18 19:36

World Korean Woman Association aims to produce global leaders

Lee Hyo-jung
By Kwon Ji-youn

The World Korean Woman Association held an inaugural meeting at the National Assembly building in Seoul, Tuesday, to promote women's rights and status around the world.

The association elected Lee Hyo-jung, president of the World Korean Women Voter's Association, as its leader.

"I am pleased to be able to serve my compatriots and to lead the association into the future," Lee told The Korea Times.

Lee, 59, served as the president of the Association of Koreans in Munich, where she resided from 1993 to 2004. She returned to Korea in 2004.

She has served as president of the World Korean Women Voter's Association since 2009.

This time she joined some 40 other women to set up the new association to engage overseas Koreans and Korean citizens in conversation, and to become a "bridge by which the two populations will exchange elements of customs, culture and comprehension."

It also plans to nurture Korea not only as an economic power, but also a cultural and innovative one, which will lead the country into the global locale by aiding women leaders' participation in international affairs.

In its inaugural statement, the association said that it hopes to increases the participation of women in the social sphere and to produce many women leaders to make sure they are respected in both the political and social sectors.

It added that it also anticipates protecting the rights of multiracial families, North Korean defectors and migrant women.

The association spelled out four main objectives: to foster talented overseas Koreans; to make sure Korean organizations continue to converse and exchange; to strengthen the nation's competitive edge by helping women earn places in politics and society, which will ultimately add to the development of Korea as a whole; and to support the protection of women's rights and the promotion of their role in society.

Other objectives included protecting women under democratic law and ensuring that educational and cultural exchanges continue between Korea and other countries where many Koreans reside.

The association also expressed its aspiration to appeal to a more international audience. As for its business plans, the organization said it will hold seminars and educational forums businesses, as well as focus on discovering and developing talent among women political leaders.

It also hopes to set up businesses to help multicultural families residing in Korea, and to structure programs that will help Korean women enter into foreign industries.

Some 40 notable figures attended the ceremony to extend their congratulations to the association as well as to President Lee.


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