December 20, 2013. Presentation at University of Hawaii Manoa, by Dr. K. Kim of Chukyo University (Nagoya, Japan) on North Korean defectors/refugees who did not settle in South Korea. Please read here.
September, 2013. Radio interview on Hawaii Public Radio on Betsy Kawamura's work with North Korean refugees and specific work with women refugees- Please click here
August, 2013. Radio interview on Hawaii Public Radio on Betsy Kawamura's work with North Korean refugees- Please click here
July, 2013. Women's International League for Peace and Freedom in Norway -IKFF site discusses Betsy's wish to platform voices of North Korean diaspora via media platforms. Please read here.
May, 2013. Article on Betsy Kawamura, Hero Award by Capital Finance International. - " ...Once again, CFI.co has selected ten individuals who help shape a better world. This is not a ranking but rather a mixed group of people who are outstanding in their own special ways." Read here
April 12, 2013. Article from HRNK (Commitee for Human Rights in North Korea) on W4NV efforts to initiate a media platform for the North Korean exiled community, and calling for Norwegian journalists with experience and interest in the regime. Read here
Winter, 2013. Betsy Kawamura's letter to the editor on Women's Voices: experience of meeting Dr El Saadawi of Egypt, in Oslo - printed on Capital Finance International Magazine, Winter Edition 2013, London (first letter on page 10) Please read here
December, 2012. Nobel Women's Initiatives Campaign update "Stop Rape & Gender Violence in Conflict", under section 'United Kingdom': W4NV at International Forum on North Korea. Read here. We are listed under a campaign about women diaspora of North Korea.
10 December 2012 at 13.00: The European Union as 2012 Nobel Peace Prize laureates. Please click here for the press release of the Norwegian Nobel Committee on the 12, October 2012; and here is information on the Nobel Peace Prize ceremony itself in Oslo, Norway.
November, 2012. Documentary Film on DPRK refugee woman in England. Under a Different Sky is a short film that tells the story of Yongmi Park, who escaped from North Korea and now lives in the North of England with her family. Read accounts about the background of the film from Yongmi Park herself, director Paul Harraby, Betsy Kawamura of W4NV who introduced Mrs. Park to Panos, and Siobhan Warrington, Panos London’s senior advisor on Voice, who produced the film. Further information here.
November, 2012. Matt Friedman, dynamic expert on human trafficking talks on thisvideo . Mr. Friedman who was Regional Project Manager, UN Human Trafficking (UNIAP), reflects upon the breadth and range of human slavery in the world today and how we can all play our part in helping to address this global problem.
Oslo, September 9, 2012. "Stories from North Korea". Seminar on North Korea organised by Norwegian P.E.N. in collaboration with CapellenDamm at the House of Literature.
North Korea is one of the most closed countries. The country has between 150,000 and 200,000 political prisoners and prison camps have been around twice as long as the Gulag in Stalin's Soviet Union and twelve times as long as the Nazi concentration camps. Very few of those who are born and raised in these camps have managed to escape. Shin Dong-Hyuk did.
In Escape from Camp 14 he tells his story to the award-winning journalist Blaine Harden and they will both be attending this event at the House of Literature in Oslo. See information on event here
Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA- September 6, 2012 Survivor of US Military Rape in Japan Allowed to Pursue Perpetrator in US Courts
In a landmark case, on September 6, 2012, a Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Circuit Court Judge gave standing to an Australian woman to collect a Japanese civil judgment against a former US Navy sailor for raping her in Japan ten years ago. Please read press release here.
Oslo, 5 September 2012 - Dialogue in International Crises
Conference on dialogue in international crisis. What do we know about the character and effect of dialogue when it matters the most - in times of crises? With Peter Coleman, Christopher Coker, Thorvald Stoltenberg and Ahmed Rashid. Read here. Check NUPI's website for updated information.
New York, 2 July 2012 - A historic United Nations Conference on the Arms Trade Treaty will take place in New York from 2 to 27 July.
The Conference is expected to deliver on the most important initiative ever within the United Nations in the field of conventional arms regulation: a robust agreement on common standards regarding the transfer of arms.The launch of the new website is part of the ongoing efforts by the United Nations Office for Disarmament. Please click here for the press release. The Norwegian Minister of International Development Heikki Holmås emphasised in his statement yesterday the importance of including gender in the criteria, in addition to small arms and ammunition, in the scope of the treaty. See Mr. Holmås’ full statement here.
Oslo, 7 June 2012 Societal Reintegration of Victims of Core International Crimes. Click here.
London, 25 April 2012 Seminar to launch two books International Sex Crimes: Understanding, Proving, Prosecutorial Thematization. Click here.
The third international gathering of the Nobel Women’s Initiatives held in Canada during May, 2011 was entitled, "Women Forging a New Security: Ending Sexual Violence in Conflict." Betsy Kawamura was asked to provide some writings and personal reflections for NWI's blog during this event. Please click here for the publications on Opendemocracy.net!
Interview with Betsy Kawamura by the University of Bradford, Department of Peace Studies (April, 2010) published on IANSA Women. The topic was on how Betsy Kawamura came to work on North Korea human rights atrocities. Read here
Radio interview in London by Women's Parliamentary Radio on how Betsy Kawamura came to work on gender-equality and human rights! Click here
As a Guest Writer for U.S. Military Violence Against Women site Betsy's article was published: an anonymous story of "A" on surviving GBV in Asia and the complexities of 'coming out' as a visible advocate. Read here
Interview in 2005 by Kyodo News on survival issues in Okinawa during the Vietnam War. Please read here.