On Saturday 9 March, Human Asia held the 14th Human Rights School for Teenagers at the One Stop Prep Center in Gangnam. The lecture under the theme of ‘Modern Feminism for Young People’ was presented by Hong Hye-eun, activist and author of the book ‘We Need Feminist Teachers’.
After each of participants introduced themselves, the students were given time to express their thoughts on what they understood by the term ‘feminism’, and their initial reactions after reading the assigned novel ‘Kim Ji-young, Born 1982’. The students then had the chance to learn more about feminism and the book through watching a video interview with Cho Nam-ju, the book’s author, and three women from Korea, Japan and Taiwan. The women came from three different countries, yet their reactions to the book and the questions were all similar.
The participants moved on to explore current issues such as the Me Too Movement from a feminist perspective, using new concepts such as ‘patriarchy’ and ‘sexism’. The students wrapped up the session with a group discussion about the lives of minorities in Korea, and their own experiences with discrimination, either as a student and/or as a young woman.
We hope that all of the participants found the 14th Human Rights School a useful opportunity to learn more about what feminism means today. Thank you to everyone who took part and we hope to see you all at the next Human Rights School for Teenagers!