International Conference/International Exchange

International Conference/International Exchange

International Conference

Participation in 2nd AGenT

Date:October 27 ~ November 9 , 2019

Place:Seoul,Jeonju /

Sponsored by the Korean Institute for Gender Equality Promotion and Education (KIGEPE) and UN WOMEN, the 2nd Asian Gender Trainers' Network Program (hereinafter “2nd AGenT”) for those who provide gender-related training in Asia was held in Seoul from October 27 to November 9. The purpose of this training is to create a network of participants by learning new knowledge pertaining to gender based on Asian cultural backgrounds.

22 participants from 13 Asian countries gathered for the training, which involved workshops where they discussed the situations and ideas in each other's countries, and learned – sometimes through role-play, etc. – about gender binary and stereotype issues, a framework for solving gender issues (Gender at work analytical framework), thinking about structural problems in society from actual problems (systems thinking)," and basic CEDAW(Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women) concepts and principles.

In addition to the workshops during the training, there were also study tours involving visits to the following:

  • AHA Center (Seoul)

     The center provides sex education and consultation for children and teens. The teaching materials and facility spaces have been designed to enable children improve their self-esteem, enjoy learning about sex and gender, and have discussion among-peers.

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  • Seoul Sunflower Center (Seoul)

     This is a one-stop center for victims of sexual crime and sexual violence. The center includes counseling rooms and medical facilities, and offers counseling, medical care, legal and psychological care, and investigations into violence.

  • Sunmi Village Art Project (Jeonju)

     In Sunmi Village, which was an area of prostitution, anti-prostitution voices have been raised in the wake of a fire that killed many women, and a project is underway to transform Sunmi Village into a city of art and beauty. Participants visited the buildings used for prostitution and an old brothel that has been renovated into an archive center.

In addition to gaining new insights from the workshops and study tours, participants were able to share their issues and practical experiences through their interaction and raise their awareness of gender equality. In the future, we will make use of this network to collect information and improve our programs.

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