Korea Women's Associ-ations United (KWAU) is a group representing the progressive feminist movement. Founded on February 18th, 1987, KWAU has six branch offices and 29 member groups nationwide. Korea Womenlink and Korean Women Workers Associations are its affiliated organizations.
Namyun In-sun, the representative of KWAU, says that "we have accomplished many things, but there's still a long way to go," citing slowly shifting perceptions toward gender equality compared to swift legislation and anti-feminism as their obstacles. Ms. Namyun also said that she planed to "make the sincerity and meaning of feminist movement known through diverse promotions and campaigns, induce younger generations uninterested in feminist movement to participate in women's movement through UCC, and launch women's movement tailored to the needs of the younger generation such as finding employment.
KWAU, marking its 20th anniversary, also plans to focus on taking care of poor women, who suffer from social polarization.
"Designating the movement of solving the feminization of poverty as our core project of this year, we will launch "sukksukk" campaign. Through this campaign, poor women will receive diverse education for their independence, and they will also join in self-help organizations and support networks."
"여성빈곤화 해소·성평등 생활화 속도낼 것"
한국여성단체연합(이하 여연)은 진보여성운동의 대표적인 단체다. 1987년 2월18일 창립된 이래 현재까지 전국에 6개 지부, 29개 회원단체를 두고 있다. 한국여성민우회와 한국여성노동자회도 산하단체다.
여연의 남윤인순 상임대표는 "해온 일이 많은 만큼 앞으로 갈 길도 멀다"고 말한다. 빠른 법제화에 비해 더딘 양성평등 인식의 변모, 안티페미니즘 등 넘어야 할 산이 많다는 것.
여연은 또 창립 20주년을 기점으로 해 사회 양극화로 신음하는 빈곤여성들을 살피는 데 중점을 둘 계획이다.