What’s Current: Hundreds march with coffin of South Korean activist and former ‘comfort woman’

Comfort Women rally in front of the Japanese Embassy in Seoul, August 2011
  • Hundreds of mourners faced Seoul’s freezing temperatures to join the funeral procession of former “comfort woman” and activist, Kim Bok-dong. A spokesperson for the Korean Council for the Women Drafted for Military Sexual Slavery by Japan, said:

“The survivors of sexual violence in conflict from the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Uganda, address Kim Bok-dong… as ‘our hero’, ‘our mama’, and ‘our hope.”

  • At the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario, a hearing is underway into complaints of systemic sex discrimination against female civilian employees of the provincial police force.
  • University students in the UK are warned not to ban speakers for alleged “transphobia,” because it’s not against the law to believe that trans-identified males aren’t women.
  • The mother of a girl who was sexually assaulted by a trans-identified male in a supermarket bathroom is alarmed that, given that this is not a first offence, the sentence is being served in the community.
  • The former leader of the Sinaloa drug cartel, Joaquin Guzman, known as El Chapo, is accused of raping girls as young as 13.
Natasha Chart

Natasha Chart is an online organizer and feminist living in the United States. She does not recant her heresy.