Women in countries of the Asia Pacific are profoundly affected by the presence of military bases, both foreign and domestic, embedded in their countries. The shameful history of the Japanese army’s practice of providing “comfort” stations where women were used for sex by men in the military camps is an illustration of the cruelty and systematic rape of women in wartime. It is a history that Korean, Filipino, Chinese and Japanese women fought to bring to light many years after the end of World War II. There is some success in this struggle with a growing international recognition of the sexual slavery that created “comfort women.” However, there is a danger that the experience and demands of the comfort women fight are being treated as purely historical. In current time, the practice of “conscripting” Asian women into prostitution to serve the demands of military forces continues unabated with the tacit approval and complicity of local and foreign governments. It is not enough to simply understand that the presence of a military force will create a demand for women to provide sex to the soldiers. It is necessary to expose and challenge the complicity of governments in building, normalizing, and entrenching the culture of profound sexism and racism that is integrated into military intervention activities.
Join us for a panel presentation with
Suzanne Jay (AWCEP)
Olivia Canlas (AF3IRM)
Yoko Oikawa (AWCEP)
Grace Balbutin (AWCEP)