August 14th is International Memorial Day for Comfort Women.
‘Comfort Woman’ refers to a woman or girl who was forced to engage in sexual activity with Japanese soldiers as part of a system of brothels operated by the Imperial Japanese Army in its occupied territories between 1937 and 1945.
A memorial event is scheduled for International Memorial Day for Comfort Women in Dallas.
Korean American human rights activist Sinmin Park organized a series of events in observance of this day.
A movie screening, peace and justice walk, and candlelight vigil is scheduled for Sunday, August 14th.
Comfort women themed movie called ‘Spirits’ Homecoming – unfinished story’ will be playing at the Dallas Holocaust and Human Rights Museum at 3:00PM. There will also be community booths, an art exhibit, and ‘Girl Peace Statue.’
After the movie, there will be a ‘Peace & Justice Walk’ from the museum to Thanksgiving Square.
The event will be highlighted by a candlelight vigil from about 7:00PM to 8:30PM.
“Come and learn about ‘Comfort Women’ and support all victims of human trafficking and sexual violence” Sinmin Park said.
Direct all inquiries about the event to UnforgottenButterflies@gmail.com
In 2012, the South Korean government officially designated Aug. 14 as International Memorial Day for Comfort Women.
Aug. 14 was the day in 1991 when one of the late victims, Kim Hak-soon, exposed to the world for the first time the long-veiled historic stain of Japanese colonization.