Lakeland College has invited Dr. Michiko Nakahara of Waseda University to speak on the issue of comfort women. She is vice chairperson of the Violence Against Women in War Network.
The VAWW network holds that Japanís Military Sexual Slavery system has to be considered as an issue of Japanís war and post-war responsibility and as a violation of womenís human rights in Asia. Thus, VAWW NET Japan, with Korean and Philippine women, organized the Womenís International War Crime Tribunal on Japanís Military Sexual Slavery in 2000 with the intent to break the cycle of impunity with regard to war-time crimes against women, see the perpetrators tried and punished, and thereby, to restore gender justice, human rights and dignity to individual woman.
The judgment passed by the Womenís International War Crime Tribunal has been widely acknowledged as a decisive landmark in womenís fight for gender justice. It has led to the worldwide recognition of womenís rights as human rights and the strong condemnation of human trafficking past and present.
This lecture is open to the public and admission is free of charge.
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