Hyo-Jae Lee, Head of Kyungsin Institute of Social Welfare was named the award winner this year. Lee is the pioneer in the study of women and family sociology and women’s movements in Korea. She has founded a number of progressive women organizations and led a number of feminist movements such as abolition of family registration and compensation for “comfort women” those forced into prostitution during the World War II. She now stays in Jinhae, Kyungnam Province to promote the importance of regional activities, taking initiatives in raising awareness about gender equality and promoting culture by establishing and running libraries.
Young Leader Award went to Young-Shin Im, Head of a civic group called Imagine Peace. She has worked as civil activist for 10 years, and has waged anti-war campaigns in Bagdad, Amman just before the war in Iraq. She not only leads Imagine Peace, the peace movement organization, but is committed to peace travel and peace education with an aim to help others practice peace in our everyday lives. Im is now also working with other peace activists to open peace libraries in many regions including Aceh, Indonesia.
Lawmaker Sun-Young Park has been involved in many human rights issues at the National Assembly including issues on Koreans in Sakhalin, comfort women, and abolition of death penalty. In particular, she focused on human rights in North Korea. Lately, she raised awareness about forced repatriation of North Korean defectors to the international community and Korea, and acted strongly to stop forcibly returning them back to North Korea.
YWCA Korea and Citibank Korea founded the Korea Women’s Leadership Awards to acknowledge women leaders who have made contributions to our society and demonstrated exceptional leadership, with the purpose of promoting women leadership in Korea. The Award is given to a woman leader who has showed commitment and devotion to the development of our society. A young female aged below 50 whose leadership is prominent and innovative is granted Young Leader Award Winner. In addition, this renowned award also acknowledges a woman who has led diversity initiatives to contribute to the integration of our society.