Recent Developments

May 22, 2017 - Presentation "North Korea / North East Asia and Women, Peace + Security: Is there a Future?"

For SoundCloud recording of the presentation, click here.


April 14, 2017  - NATO Association Canada interview with Betsy Kawamura. Enforcing UNSCR1325 & Promoting a NATO Gender Advisor for Asia: A Conversation with Betsy Kawamura (Part 2)

Read the article here


14 to 24 March 2016 - The 60th session of the Commission on the Status of Women took place at the UN Headquarters in New York.  For more information click here

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November 3, 2015  The Mantle, an interview with Betsy Kawamura.   From North Korea to Japan: Empowering Survivors of Gender-Based Violence.

Read the article here


October 11, 2015 Article on Jihyun Park in the online The Telegraph, UK

North Korea escape: 'I was pregnant and sold into slavery. But somehow I kept my baby'. As North Korea's Communist Party celebrates its 70th Anniversary, one refugee tells the story of her dramatic escape - and adjusting to life in Britain. Read the article here.


UCLA event on September 9th, 2015. Gender Crimes - The Voice of Survivors in the International Criminal Court

Betsy Kawamura's  lecture at the UCLA School of Law on The International Criminal Court, sexual gender based violence issues, and 'where' the situation of North Korea may go, with specific focus on the plight of North Korean refugee women. Click here Below the UCLA event 

June 9th 2015, W4NV is now a A4ID development partner!

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9-20 March 2015, New York, Commission on the Status of Women

The fifty-ninth session of the Commission on the Status of Women will take place at United Nations Headquarters in New York from 9 to 20 March 2015. Representatives of Member States , UN entities, and ECOSOC-accredited non-governmental organizations (NGOs)  from all regions of the world attend the session. Read more here


March 4, 2015. Publication by Stephan Haggard in The Peterson Institute for International Economics on European NGO's on North Korea. Read here     


14 January 2015, London, UK Parliament, House of Commons, Committee All-Party Parliamentary Group on North Korea

The Role of North Korean Refugee Women in Peace-Building. Speakers:  Mrs. JiHyun Park, Mrs. Kang and Betsy Kawamura. Read here


December 9, 2014 Brown Bag Seminar by Robert Huish and Betsy Kawamura at East-West Center, University of Hawaii. Read here.

The 7th World Congress of Korean Studies to be held at the University of Hawaii,from November 5 - 7 2014.  For more information: University of Hawaii, Venter for Korean Studies. Click here


The 8th International Conference of Museums for Peace will be held
from 19 (Thursday) to 22 September (Monday) 2014 at the
No Gun Ri Peace Memorial Park in South Korea.
Please click here for full information.


March 11, 2014, Betsy Kawamura and Mrs. Park comment on

Morten Traavik art projects between Norway and with participants from

North Korea. Read here.


 March 4, 2014. Video interview of Betsy's Kawamura work and background covering North Korean refugees and gender issues at ThinkTech in downtown Honolulu.  Please click here


January 13, 2014. Interview by Rob York of NK*NEWS.ORG with Betsy Kawamura: "My mission is to have the refugees – both men and women – have this dialogue so they can share their ideas on how to catalyze peace on the Korean Peninsula" Please read here