The South Korean election’s gender conflict and the future of women voters

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February 14, 2022

The South Korean election’s gender conflict and the future of women voters

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Women attend a protest as a part of the #MeToo movement on International Women's Day in Seoul, South Korea on March 8, 2018. (Kim Hong-Ji/Reuters)

By Darcie Draudt

In South Korea, gender equality and the feminism movement have become politicized and polarizing issues, especially among the younger generation, leading up to the March 9 presidential election.

In January, South Korean presidential candidate Yoon Seok-yul pledged in a Facebook post to abolish South Korea’s Ministry of Gender Equality and Family (MOGEF). The ministry, which in Korean is named the Ministry of Women and Family (Yeoseonggajokbu), largely provides family-based services, education, and social welfare for children. (The MOGEF budget comprises 0.2 percent of the total national budget, and less than 3 percent of its budget targets women’s economic equality promotion.)

Click here to read the full article published by Council on Foreign Relations on 8 February 2022.

Author: 
Darcie Draudt
Publisher: 
Council of Foreign Relations
Publication year: 
2022
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