Women''s Movement Turns to the Marginalized
Women''s Movement Turns to the Marginalized
  • reported by Cho Lee Yeu-wool (cognate@womennews.c
  • 승인 2001.03.21 00:00
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Over 300 young woman activists at the Mar. 8 Rally in Myongdong organized by the Difference Is Power! Womens Alliance
Over 300 young woman activists at the Mar. 8 Rally in Myongdong organized by the 'Difference Is Power! Women's Alliance'
There was a different Mar. 8 rally happening in Myongdong on World Women's Day. 'Disabled woman have workers' rights!' 'No more forced heterosexuality!' 'Do something about unemployed woman college graduates!' ...   These were some of the slogans heard at the rally, a gathering of minority groups such as disabled women, prostitutes and sexual minorities who had been neglected by the women's movement .

The organizers of this rally was 'Difference Is Power! Women's Alliance.' Through solidarity among minority women groups, the Alliance had wanted to create a new World Women's Day rally that could shift the focus of the Women's Movement from the center stage to the marginalized.

Among the participating groups were the Feminist Alliance(CAMP), a human rights group for sexual minorities called 'Kiri Kiri,' a group for disabled woman, and the Seoul Women Workers' Union. Also present were women's movement units such as female student unions from Seoul National University and Ehwa Women's University. The participants claimed that highlighting differences rather than stressing oneness can strengthen the movement. Thus, instead of being lumped into one, the variety of issues taken up by women groups were lined up and given equal priority.

For 'Kiri Kiri' and the disabled women's group, this rally marked the first time they reached out to form alliances with other woman groups. The Alliance maintained anonymity for sexual minorities, and chose a short and simple route and marched as slowly as possible to accommodate cars and wheelchairs for the disabled. In other words, it took pains to ensure that the rally was a genuine alliance that left no one out.

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