Welcome and warm greetings! This website for Women4NonViolence in Peace+Conflict Zones is designed to facilitate dialoging, teaching and communication for survivors of Gender Based Violence (GBV) and all groups concerned about the welfare of those affected, especially in conflict-affected areas globally. Many of the survivor women and men in Southern regions and Far East Asia, including diaspora do not have the necessary resources and opportunities to understand what United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325 and related resolutions on women, peace and security are, as well as why they are important. This website was created in response to survivor-groups who wished to 'catch up' on the latest news and developments regarding UNSCR 1325 (and allied resolutions) and their impact at The Hague. We also wish to receive input from our users and readers globally to initiate and catalyze future resolutions encouraging women in political platforms. We are a member of the Coalition for the International Criminal Court, International Campaign to Ban Landmines and Cluster Munitions Coalition, International Network of Museums for Peace and North Korea Freedom Coalition, and contributor to various others, to forward survivors' and diaspora voices!
We are currently focused on the gendered aspects of the rising tension in Far East Asia, such as prevailing problems of the presence of the US military in Okinawa, diaspora women from the Democratic People's Republic of Korea and territorial disputes in Far East Asia Regions. Here are our recently launched pages on Voice of Free North Korea and Eyes of Free North Korea. Our work emphasizes the role of media and journalism to forward these women's voices, especially from 'closed regimes' where Article 19 can not be practiced. As western broadcasters such as BBC endeavour to enter regimes such as the Democratic Peoples Republic of Korea, we hope to follow these trends to 'champion' women's voices. We also acknowledge the critical role men play in all of our work, such as actively engaging in gender equity programs toward healing!
As survivors of GBV and various diaspora communities, we understand the urgency of effective dialogue to demand action by State decision-makers and actors, and the critical role of ethical media/journalism. We will embrace our users' raw and genuine responses and suggestions on UNSCR 1325 and allied resolutions to effect global policy improvements! A recent report by Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue based in Geneva discusses the role of women in peace and democracy-building in Burma/Myanmar.
On the upper left-hand column of this page, you will see further information including our organization, dialogue parties and recent publications. Meanwhile, please do join us on FaceBook, Twitter (bottom right-hand corner) and via events/news on the right side of this page! Thank you very much for your interest in our work and we look forward to your feedback - Welcome!
September 2013, radio interview on Hawaii Public Radio re Betsy Kawamura's work with North Korean refugees- Please click here
August 2013, radio interview on Hawaii Public Radio re 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. Betsy Kawamura receives 'HERO AWARD' for supporting North Korea Diaspora Voices - Capital Finance International magazine (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." Please read here about
April 24, 2013. article on Norway-based 'Journalisten.no' on W4NVs efforts to initiate a media platform for the North Korean exile community, and calling for Norwegian journalists possessing experience and interest in the regime. Please read here.
Nobel Women's Initiatives Campaign update "Stop Rape & Gender Violence in Conflict", December, 2012. 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.
Documentary Film on DPRK refugee woman in England. November, 2012. 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!
Matt Friedman, dynamic expert on human trafficking talks on video . November, 2012. 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.
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