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[Media Contest Winner] The Tied 2nd Place_Ye Eun Seo

Registered Date March 12, 2015 Read 1230
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Hello, My name is Seo Ye Eun.

I’m 22 this year. I graduated from Baewha University and my major is English Interpretation Translation. And now I transferred from Baewha to Kookmin University and I am studying law.


Through 2015 Asian Young Women's Leadership Development in Cambodia held by Scranton leadership center, I became to be interested in human rights.
And also I decided to be a person who helps the oppressed.
Thank you.


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The Media Contest
2015 Asian Young Women's Leadership Development in Cambodia

The Tied 2nd Place Winning Work
 

Project Sector: Article
Theme: Human Rights
Title
: Voice matters because speaking out helps people to have human rights

What are human rights? Human rights are rights inherent to all human beings, whatever our nationality, place of residence, sex and language. We are all equally entitled to our human rights without discrimination. However, while I am in Cambodia here and I went to Cambodia village for VBS and floating village, I could see that many people are destitute and neglected. Many children could not wash their hair because there is not enough water. People in floating village use dirty water for drinking water. They could not live a daily life. And also when I went to some developing countries including Cambodia, Thailand and India for missionary work, their situation was poor too. “Why cannot they live a daily life?”


Those who are not in necessary conditions like education, health care and living have no power to keep their human rights. Because they cannot speak right voice, they have to put up with threat and discrimination and also their poverty is getting worse. If we ignore human rights of poor people, they cannot be free from poverty. However, as poor people can insist their rights, they can participate in the center of issues and can have the dignity to fight the options that make them poor. Human rights are related with poverty. The voice of poor people can give them human rights. It is the reason why voice matters.

 I want to share my experience about voice. I had time to learn about military sexual slavery by Japan (comfort women) by participating Wednesday Demonstration last year. Wednesday Demonstration is to call for formal apology about military sexual slavery by Japan and admitting Japan’s war crimes to Korea. I realized two important things through it. First, when people having the same goal of justice are gathered for this demonstration, we can make a change even though it is very small. Participation can help to recover the human rights of comfort women and to prevent all women from being assaulted during war. Second is that speaking out is very important. The courage of Kim Hawk Soon who was a comfort woman is very powerful. She was the first woman who testified the real facts of comfort women and accused the Japanese Army. Her courage made other comfort women testify and many people pay attention to the problems. If she did not speak out with her courage, the problems about human rights of comfort women would be disappeared. I thought that voice is very important and strong, so we have to speak out with one voice for human rights. What we ignore about an infringement upon human rights and what we do not speak out are what we implicitly support an infringement of human rights. The more we know and insist human rights, the more our life can be protected and improved.


Now I’d like to talk about my dreams about human rights. Through ‘Session2: Learning as Leaders’, I thought about ‘how can I use my gifts for our community as a leader?’ The challenge of Korea is ‘unification’ because problems about human rights and poverty in North Korea is the worst in the world. Unification is the most important thing to recover the freedom and human rights of North Korean residents. Furthermore, If Korea peninsula is not safe, the peace of Northeast Asia will be broken. Unification will give peace not only to Korea Peninsula but also to Northeast Asia. The vision of our generation is preparation for unification. What we need is to bring up people who are ready for unification in every section that we need. But nowadays many young people do not want our unification. So, I want to speak out why our unification is very important for human rights of North Korea residents and peace of Northeast Asia. This is the reason why I have to learn and teach what I learn. In the future, I will work for our unification, especially freedom and human rights of North Korean residents. If we are unified, I want to build a Christian school in North Korea. Through education, I want to teach them what their rights are and how they can live a daily life. And also I will help them not to be discriminated and pray for them with my voice and God.


In this world, there are many things to do as a woman. Many women in the world have experienced sexual harassment. They need many women to help them and know their mind and pray for them. Women have to help each other for human rights. We saw the phrase on third session ‘It takes a village to raise a child’. I cannot do it alone. We have to work together and fight for human rights. As a Christian, woman and leader, we should speak out for keeping human rights.


“I am a person who tries to learn to do the good and seek justice, especially ‘human rights’!”