Ewha Womans University opened its 17-day Ewha Global Empowerment Program (EGEP) Open Forum at the school's LG Convention Hall in Seoul, Wednesday.
The forum, themed "Our Voices, Our World: Women's Activism and Empowerment in Asia and Africa," will continue until Jan. 26.
The opening ceremony attracted school officials and noted figures such as Kim Sun-uk, president of Ewha Womans University; Chang Pil-wha, director of the Asian Center for Women's Studies; Rep. Shin Kyung-rim of the ruling Saenuri Party; and Choe Keum-sook, president of the Korean Women's Development Institute.
For this year's forum, Sunita Danuwar, founder of Shakti Samuha, a non-governmental organization (NGO) founded in Nepal to assist girls and women rescued from brothels in India, was invited to speak about the organization's efforts to eradicate violence against women and promoting gender equality.
The EGEP is an intensive program for female NGO leaders working for women's global empowerment. The forum will include guest lectures, discussions and visits to local NGOs.