|Korea-Japan Youth Conference 2008 report （November 20, 2008）
Korea-Japan Youth Conference 2008 was held from October 31st to November
3rd at Korea YWCA Bucheon Willow Camp surrounded by beautiful autumn leaves.
The total of 22 youth members of the age 17 to 30 from Japan and Korea
YWCA gathered for the annual conference.
This conference first started back in 1993 for the purpose of developing
young women’s leadership, advancing understanding among Japanese and Korean
youth, and developing peace in North East Asia.
Common issue in Japanese and Korean society has been picked for the theme
of the year, and it varies from history, environment, gender, migrant women
and so forth.
“Cyber Ethics and Woman - Human rights of Cyber space in the view of Women”
was the theme of this year. As both Japanese and Korean society are heavily
on cyber technology that its usefulness is highly appreciated while cyber
related crimes and violation of human rights are serious problems.
This conference consisted of national presentation, group discussion, key-note
speech by a cyber ethics professional, and a fieldtrip to a NGO for women’s
rights advancement and protection. Then on the final day, participants
were lead to bring conclusion and create common action ideas. Here are
some of the action ideas that they came up to: develop Japan and Korea
youth’s common web page for women’s rights advocacy, put a positive message
at the line of signature every time sending emails, create a blog to make
personal statements etc.
The active participation has been the nature of the conference. All the
activity is fully participatory and there are chances for everyone to speak
out and to give presentations. Japanese and Korean participants are mixed
in all the activity that participants manage Korean, Japanese, English,
gestures, and drawings to communicate. Sometimes somehow, it works better
than relying on interpreter to open up mind and understand each other!
Through working on the same theme, having meals together, and sharing the
same room, Japanese and Korean youth participants learnt commonness and
differences of each other and came to understanding. This experience made
all the participants to give big hugs and to promise to meet again at the
Workshop: visually express the result ot the discussion
Games to make youth relaxed and to have fun!
( November 20, 2008 )