Date: Jun 24, 2015
By: Staff writer, with CNA
A museum in memory of Taiwanese women who were forced into sexual slavery by the Japanese Imperial Army during World War II is scheduled to open in Taipei by the end of this year, a Taipei-based women’s rights group said.
The themes of the museum will be peace and women’s rights, said Kang Shu-hua (康淑華), executive director of the Taipei Women’s Rescue Foundation, a driving force behind the initiative.
Before the formal opening on Dec. 10, the foundation will hold a ceremony to unveil the museum plaque on Aug. 14, a date that is considered as a memorial day for “comfort women” by civic groups in countries such as Taiwan, South Korea, China, Indonesia and the Philippines, where there were World War II victims of sexual slavery, Kang said.
Spread over about 360m2, the museum will display historical documents on Taiwanese comfort women and chronicle the exchanges between the foundation’s members and the women over the past two decades.
Aside from mounting a permanent exhibition on comfort women, the foundation is planning to organize workshops at the museum on topics such as human rights education and sexual abuse. [FULL STORY]