Group to hold vigil in mem­ory of WWII

The China Post - - LOCAL -

A Taipei-based women rights group will hold a night vigil next week in com­mem­o­ra­tion of women across Asia who were forced into sex­ual slav­ery by the Ja­panese Im­pe­rial Army dur­ing World War II.

Mu­si­cal, drama and dance per­for­mances will be staged at the event slated for Aug. 14 in mem­ory of the women who suf­fered wartime atroc­i­ties, known eu­phemisti­cally as com­fort women, ac­cord­ing to the Taipei Women’s Res­cue Foun­da­tion.

In ad­di­tion to remembering the com­fort women, the vigil is aimed at draw­ing at­ten­tion to the is­sue of women’s hu­man rights in wartime and ex­press­ing con­cern for women who still suf­fer vi­o­lence in war zones to­day, the foun­da­tion said in a state­ment on Thurs­day.

“The peace­ful power of anti vi­o­lence will be the theme of the event,” which comes in the year that marks the 70th an­niver­sary of the end of World War II, it said.

Peo­ple who plan to at­tend the event are en­cour­aged to wear yel­low rib­bons, a sym­bol of peace, or pur­ple rib­bons, a sym­bol of an­tiv­i­o­lence against women, as they stand to­gether to de­mand a public apol­ogy from the Ja­panese gov­ern­ment, the foun­da­tion said.

The event is sched­uled to take place at Qing Cheng Park near the Taipei Of­fice of Ja­pan’s In­ter­change As­so­ci­a­tion, it said. The as­so­ci­a­tion rep­re­sents Ja­pan’s in­ter­ests in Tai­wan in the ab­sence of bi­lat­eral diplo­matic ties.

The foun­da­tion said, mean­while, that it launched an online cam­paign “#Com­fortWomenNev­erBeFor­got­ten” to in­vite peo­ple to take a photo of their words in sup­port of the com­fort women and post it on Face­book us­ing a hash­tag.

Aug. 14 is the date con­sid­ered as a me­mo­rial day for com­fort women by civic groups in coun­tries across East Asia, in­clud­ing Tai­wan, South Korea, China, In­done­sia, and the Philip­pines.

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