By Benjamin Prevost, WFWP Europe
During the 38th United Nations Human Rights Council, Women’s Federation for World Peace Europe in collaboration with the Women’s UN Report Network organized an event at UN Palace of Nation in Geneva about the “Korean women, South & North Peace, Reconciliation, Rights & Development”.
Numerous diplomats, NGO representatives and UN organizations representing ( UNDP, OHCHR, UNICEF) attended this event. There was an exchange of information with both Korean Governments.During the event Carolyn Handschin WFWP International Vice President, Yoon Mee-Hyang (윤미향) Co-Representative of the Korean Council for the Women Drafted for Military Sexual Slavery by Japan (한국정신대문제대협의회), Lois A.
Herman founder of the Women’s UN Report Network and Benjamin Prevost a WFWP’s member presented the WFWP effort in South Korea in the establishment of a sustainable peace between North and South Korea and stressed the importance of a sincere apologize from Japan toward the victims of sex slavery during the Japanese colonization in Korea, knowing that healing is needed for peace to settle.
An important recommendation was made to governments of North and South for the establishment of a special meeting place where women from North and South could meet (possibly in the DMZ or nearby) to plan peacebuilding and development projects together. This was conceived with the idea of a future Peace Zone and 5th UN Office in mind.