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Address: 40-427, Hangangno 3-ga, Yongsan-gu, Seoul   Tel: 82-2-794-4560   Fax: 82-2-796-4995


Founded in December 1959, the Council has launched initiatives over the past four decades to make our society more gender-equal. Collaborating with numerous women's organizations, we have been urging women to take part in and join forces for promoting women's progress, and creating a more humane and fair society for all. As an advocate, comprehensively representing the voices of other women's organizations, we work with the government and institutions to yield concrete results at the policy and practical levels. The Council's member pool, consisting of 42 organizations and 16 cooperatives (municipal · provincial women's cooperatives), is one of Korea's largest federations of women's associations (3 million members).

   
  Activities
  1) Legal and institutional reform activities to abolish gender-discriminative laws and customs
    Initiatives to reform family law
    - Social campaign to abolish the hoju system, reserving civil rights as a family head to men
    - Awareness campaign toward a gender-equal family model
    - Internet hotline for victims of the hoju system
    Women's policy forum
    - Discusses the status of women's policies implemented by different government agencies and draws proposals to the government based on women's opinions collected through our network
  2) Activities to increase female representation in the government
    Initiatives to enlarge women's participation in political life
    - The Women Political Leadership Committee, and legislative petitions to revise related political regulations
    - Rallies hosted to incite women's participation in local political life
    Initiatives to broaden women's participation in the perspective of a unified Korea and programs for reunification education
  3) Domestic · international cooperation activities to empower women
    National Women's Convention: A conference to determine future directions for women's movement and draw up policy proposals for solving pending women's issues
    National Woman Leader Workshop: A camp to strengthen leadership skills among leaders of women's associations and to discuss action plans and strategies
    Participation in international conferences and meetings with spouses of foreign ambassadors in Korea, paving the way for second track diplomacy
  4) Social Outreach
    Advocacy activities for the rights of working women and support toward low-wage women workers
    - Equal opportunity employment hotline, hotline for women in transition
    Consumer protection activities and environmental conservation campaigns
    - Monitoring activities to heighten the level of public awareness of consumer rights and foster an environmental consciousness
    - Consumer education programs, seminars on related topics and 'Zero Safety Accident' campaign
    Initiatives to ban obscene and harmful content from the internet
    - Internet Sexual Violence Hotline operated
    - Monitoring user agreements in force at internet shopping portals, surveillance on email spam
    Mass media surveillance activities
    - Monitoring gender-discriminative content in mass media
    - Tracking advertising content

#701, Seoul YWCA, 1-1, Myeongdong 1-ga, Jung-gu, Seoul, (Postal code: 100-021)
  TEL 82-2-774-4050   FAX 82-2-774-4090     E-mail : sohyub@consumer.or.kr