Time to change ‘comfort women’ moniker in textbooks: women’s group

Focus Taiwan
Date: 08/14/2020
By: interns Grace Hu, Meryl Kao, and Eden Wang

CNA photo Aug. 14, 2020

Taipei, Aug. 14 (CNA) The government should change how the women who were forced into prostitution by the Japanese army during World War II are referred to in Taiwanese schools and textbooks, a women's group said Friday.

The Taipei Women's Rescue Foundation urged that the standard euphemism of "comfort women" seen in junior high and high school curriculums and textbooks be changed to "comfort women: military sexual slaves," citing a 1995 United Nations report.

The U.N. Human Rights Commission defined "comfort women" as "military sexual slaves" and Taiwan should follow suit, the foundation said at a press conference on International Memorial Day for Comfort Women on Friday.

The foundation also reiterated its longstanding call for the Japanese government that established the military sexual slavery system during the war to give formal apologies to comfort women and compensate the victims.    [FULL  STORY]

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