Group to hold vigil in memory of WWII
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.