Tag Archives: South Korea

Civil Society’s Strength Across the World – Where Are the Hotspots?

What government ranks the highest with staffing and attention to culture? To education? Or health?

You might be a bit surprised!   Come learn where governments are investing their time.

Civil society sector FTE workforce, by field1

The Winners in Culture
Sweden (45.5%), Slovakia (37.0%) and the Czech Republic (35.8%) win out here.

The Winners in Education.
Be proud Pakistanis! They are the top country with devotion to education in the civil sector at 56.6 percent.  Still a long way to go in implementation and progress, but the will is there.  Peru comes next (45.2%) and a no brainer with South Korea (40.5%) where education is deemed a strong part of their culture.

Finally, Health

Japan (37.3%) and the Netherlands (29.5%) win out.

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Exciting to see new countries take the lead and help change the world. Let’s support them!

You can start by giving a child the gift of an education!

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The Pamela Positive: Can You Be a “Comfort Woman?”…the Example of South Korea

Many victims of Japan’s military conquest in WWII affected women.  They were often abused, or even used as sex slaves.  Every Wednesday, these women, known as “comfort women,” are congregating outside the embassy for Japan in Seoul, South Korea.  They demonstrate courage and remembrance of the atrocities which occurred.

But after the devastating tsunami and earthquake crisis, these elderly women demonstrated something else: envelopes of cash, words of encouragement which they put into collection boxes.  Even when we have been hurt, put down or unjustly treated, may we all have the courage to demonstrate kindness and compassion for those in the present day.  These “comfort women” are showing their forgiveness and love during a time of need, and especially to a modern Japanese population, much of whom were not involved in the war, though their culture and history might have been.

There are not many comfort women remaining, while more than 200,000 were thought to be victims in the 1940s and 50s.  This small group is making a difference by turning anger into acceptance and care in the present day.

It’s so easy to simply put up a block against those we feel wronged us.  What courage these women demonstrate to extend an olive branch after such an excruciating event in their lives.  It gives me inspiration to look at my own life, and perhaps some of the injustices that I feel have occurred, and instead return calm, return kindness, return forgiveness, as I would wish to be forgiven.

Read more in The Christian Science Monitor’s article, “South Koreans Pause Protests to Grieve for Japanese.”