Japan-Korea YWCAs Conference: Joint Statement

The YWCA of Japan and the YWCA of Korea, have jointly held the 8th Japan-Korea YWCAs Conference in Okinawa, Japan, from January 22 to 25, 2014 under the theme, “Peace in Northeast Asia and Collaboration between the YWCA of Japan and the YWCA of Korea”.

During the Conference, the participants reaffirmed the solidarity between the two YWCAs, nurtured by learning from the past history and working together to create a peaceful future. They visited monuments for the war in Okinawa during World War II, which killed a large number of residents; they learned about the reality of damages caused by the presence of military bases which are overwhelmingly concentrated in Okinawa; they exchanged candid discussions about the issue of military bases and nuclear weapons/power which are faced by both countries.

At the end of the Conference, a joint-statement was issued, voicing our commitment to creating a peaceful East-Asia.

Read the statement



YWCA(Young Women’s Christian Association)is an international NGO where, upon a Christian foundation, women from around the world exceed the barriers of language and cultures and work together to encourage women’s participation in society and to realize a peaceful world where human rights, health and environment is protected. The movement began in Great Britain in 1855, and nowadays, it works in more than 100 countries throughout the world. The YWCA of Japan works with 24 local YWCAs and 37 junior and senior high-school YWCAs, and holds ESOSOC consultative status since 2019.