- Our Objectives
We aim at improving working women's political, economic, and social status.
We work together to address a variety of women workers' employment-related issues
such as employment discrimination, underemployment, and job insecurity, maternity
protection and the obtainments of child care facilities.
- Our Herstory
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- Women Workers Associations at the regional level were formed in March, 1987.
They were formed near the Export Processing Zone (EPZ), industrial complex zones and low income areas. Seoul Women Workers Association initiated the formation.
- Women Workers Associations at the regional level have worked together since 1989.
Women Workers Associations started to work together, to exchange experiences, and to undertake organizational policy development, research, education, and publication of the "Working Women" in cooperation.
- Korean Women Workers Association United (KWWAU) was established at the central level on July 11, 1992.
KWWAU was established at the central level on July 11, 1992, to carry out more effectively projects with these regional groups and to develop policy-making capability and power for women workers.
- The 10th anniversary of Women Workers Associations in 1997
- Eight organizations affiliated with KWWAU in 1999
- Seoul Women Workers Association
- Inchon Women Workers Association, Puchon Women Workers Association, Ansan Women Workers Association in the Kyunggi province
- North Cholla Women Workers Association in the North Cholla province
- Kwangju Women Workers Association in the South Cholla province
- Masan & Changwon Women Workers Association, and Pusan Women's Association in the South Kyongsang province
- KWWAU's Main Activities
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- Equal Rights Counseling : Offering counseling specializing in women workers' issues such as discrimination in the workplace and employment insecurity.
- Publishing 'Working Women' in Korean : As many as 42 issues of 'Working Women' in Korean have been made since May 1991, to cultivate and develop Korean women workers' culture.
- Publishing 'Working Women' : Korean newsletters of 'Working Women' are translated into English. This makes contribution to publicizing the Korean current events and trends internationally.
- Operating 'Working Women's House' : 'Working Women's House' is a vocational center to promote women's employment and facilitate women workers' advancement in the workplace. At this moment, Seoul Women Worker Association and Pusan Women's Association run the centers authorized by the government.
- Establishing 'Action Center for Women's Unemployment' : 'Action Center for Women's Unemployment' carries out activities for unemployed women such as offering free counseling related to job opening and job placement, providing job related information, and establishing classes of re-employment for women workers.
- Carrying out research and developing policy suggestions : KWWAU does research and makes policy suggestions to achieve employment security, maternity protection, child care facilities, and gender equality. Campaigns for enacting and amending women-related laws are also carried out to improve women's status.
- Carrying out national and international solidarity activities : KWWAU works for women workers and publicize its activities in solidarity with domestic and international women workers organizations.
- KWWAU's Activities in Future
- Taking active actions for establishing employment security for women workers (through consolidating activities of 'Equal Rights Counseling Center'.)
- Taking active actions to gender discrimination in the workplace, and sexual harassment (through consolidating activities of 'Equal Rights Counseling Center'.)
- Taking active actions for solving widely-spread employment insecurity and inequality against irregular women workers.
- Publicizing situations of unemployed women and demanding on adequate and appropriate policies for unemployed women.
- Developing and consolidating the Korean women workers' movement through providing supports and solidarity to women's workers unions.