Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Global Action in Ottawa in solidarity with Grandmas (Survivors of Japanese Military Sexual Slavery) ,Angela Lytle

[16days_discussion] Save the Date! Wed, Dec 14 ~ Solidarity Demo joining "Comfort Women" for 1000th Weekly Demonstration (TO/Ottawa)

Angela Lytle angelasabrina.lytle at
Mon Nov 21 11:15:38 EST 2011

*For those in the Ottawa/Toronto region...* *Save the date!* *Share this information widely and encourage others to join! Support the continued quest for justice of the former "comfort women"!* *What?* Solidarity Demonstration for the 1000th Weekly Wednesday protest of the survivors of WWII Japanese Military Sexual Slavery in South Korea ~ the world's longest ongoing protest! *When?* Wednesday, December 14th *Where?*: Toronto/Ottawa *How to get there?* Buses will go from TO to Ottawa and back for a nominal fee of $20--you must pre-register by clicking here<> *Details:* The Korean Council for the Women Drafted for Military Sexual Slavery by Japan (Korean Council), the organization that has been supporting Korean and international surviving "comfort women" in their quest for justice and healing for more than two decades, is calling on those of us around the world to rise up and support the survivors on the occasion of the 1000th and final Weekly Wednesday Protest in front of the Japanese Embassy in Seoul. They will be installing a commemorative sculpture at the site of the protest, and are rallying to make a final strong effort towards pushing the Japanese government to meet the seven demands of the survivors, for which they have been demonstrating on the same spot since 1992. Until now, there has been no satisfactory official response by the Japanese government. Attached is a document produced by the Korean Council calling for support at this time, highlighting many possibilities for action. *How to support them in Canada*: The Korean-Canadian & Chinese-Canadian communities are mobilizing in response to the Korean Council's call for solidarity demonstrations, and we are calling upon women (and men!) of all backgrounds to step forward and show that this issue is not just an "ethnic" issue, but is an issue of social justice and human rights that is mirrored in the realities of violence against women around the world, in both situations of conflict and in the absence of war. * Let us show our solidarity with these courageous survivors, and by representing ourselves there as feminists and feminist allies resplendent in all our diversity, send the message both to the Japanese and Canadian governments that this issue matters to all of us.* If you wish to be kept in the loop as plans progress, please join our facebook group at: You can also email Angela Lytle at info at for additional information, or get in touch with Toronto ALPHA, the primary organizers of the demonstration: Again, you must pre-register if you plan to take the bus from Toronto to Ottawa and back with the group---follow this link<> Note that a press conference will be held on Wed Nov 23 at the Korean Canadian Cultural Assocation at 10:30 am (Location: in solidarity, angela -- angela lytle executive director women's human rights education institute info at Find us on Facebook at Find us on Twitter at LearnWHR

Global Action in Ottawa in solidarity with Grandmas (Survivors of Japanese Military Sexual Slavery)

Location: Embassy of Japan in Canada, 255 Sussex Drive, Ottawa, ON, K1N 9E6
Date: Wednesday December 14, 2011
Time: 1:00-2:00 p.m.

In order to cover some of the transportation cost between Toronto and Ottawa, a nominal fee of $20 which also includes lunch and snacks on the bus will be charged to each participant taking the bus with us. Please go to the following link for payment:

For donations in support of this action, please go to:

More details will be e-mailed to you closer to the date. If you have any further questions, please contact Clara Wong at or call the ALPHA office at 416-299-0111.

Hello all, I work at an academics-based women's centre on the U of T campus (the Centre for Women's Studies in Education). We're putting on a big (free) event that some of you might be interested in, and Olivia Chow has confirmed that she'll be speaking. It's a film screening and panel about the "comfort women" of the Second World War. The survivors have just had their 900th protest in Seoul outside the Japanese embassy last week (you can read about it in the Huffington Post here --

facebook event page

The Centre for Women’s Studies in Education presents:

6 3 Y e a r s On

Japanese Military Sexual Slavery and the lives of the “Comfort Women”
Documentary Screening & Presentation

63 Years On, by award-winning Korean director Kim Dong Wong, introduces five international
survivors of Japanese Military Sexual Slavery. Traversing contemporary Asia, the former
“comfort women” reveal their experiences as survivors of the estimated 200,000 sex slaves
from 13 different countries used by Japanese soldiers during the Second World War. Recruited
for duty while still in their teens, all five women have gruelling stories to tell.

The film will be followed with a panel discussion by
Angela Lytle, recently returned from 3 years working with "comfort women" survivors at the House of Sharing in South Korea
Dr. Joseph Wong, Toronto ALPHA
Tiffany Hsiung, Golden Nugget Films, Director of forthcoming documentary “Within Every Woman” on “Comfort Women”

With an introduction by Olivia Chow, Toronto NDP MP

February 2, 2010, 7-9 pm
OISE Auditorium (G162)
Main floor, 252 Bloor West
Above the St. George subway station

Free/donations welcome, Wheelchair accessible
Email for more information

Co-hosted with Toronto ALPHA and the House of Sharing, South Korea

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