27 Jan 2012 South Korea: Church Women, Media and Gender Justice
Korean Association of Women Theologians (KAWT), South Korea
This project addresses distorted representation of women through objectification and commodification of women’s bodies and sexuality in the media. In Korea, many young women suffer from negative body image, sexual harassment, and sexual violence. They often lack self-esteem and are reluctant to seek help and report the crimes. The project offers consciousness raising and gender awareness education to make clear the misrepresentation of gender in the media and to take actions in tackling gender discrimination in church and society. The project is expected to result in more emancipated feminist self-images, consciousness about gender issues in the media, and active resistance to discrimination against women in the church and media. The project is an initiative of the Korean Association of Women Theologians (KAWT) established in 1980 by women theologians who had graduated from theological seminaries, theology professors and church women. KAWT’s mission is to spread feminist theology, to improve gender equality in church and society and to contribute to democratization and unification of Korea.
Contact: Dr. Kim Ae Young