South Korea’s Women’s Party to Launch School Training Female Candidates

South Korea’s feminist party, the Women’s Party, will be launching a political school to train potential female candidates. While women were elected to 57 of the 300 seats during the April 15th parliamentary elections, the Women’s Party weren’t successful in picking up seats. 

“The April 15th poll was the first election after [South] Korea’s #MeToo movement, but female candidates were exposed to hate speeches, violence and discrimination,” said advocacy group, the United Korea Women’s Association.

The results of that election have only propelled their movement with the school launching in July in Seoul. Former government leaders will train the women, focusing on organizing campaigns for the local and provincial elections in 2022. 

“We hope this school will provide training to our candidates on how politics work,” said one of the party’s founders and veteran women’s rights activist Kim Eun-ju to the Thomas Reuters Foundation.

The party, which launched on this year’s International Women’s Day, is made up of 10,000 members who are fighting to end the spycam porn crisis and are advocating for equal pay. South Korea’s wage gap ranked the lowest of every developed nation.

The Realist Woman’s take:

The Women’s Party is bold, hungry for change and are investing their resources into training, organizing and campaigning. They are serious about disrupting the status quo and aren’t waiting around for anyone to bring about real policy change for women. It’s inspiring. 

Even though the party was unable to win seats in the last election, they only formed a month before elections took place. In such a short amount of time, they have been able to influence 10,000 women to join their movement. They will be a force, that I know. And they have two years to work, organize and train candidates before the next election.

It’s interesting how many steps back the women’s movement has taken considering South Korea elected their first female president back in 2013. Despite that fact, I wouldn’t count these women out. They are mobilizing women, speaking to their issues and are determined to make it into Parliament. I applaud them.

The party has their eyes on the 2022 elections