The Korean National Council of Women, led by Chairman Huh Myung, held the National Women’s Congress under the slogan of “Great women, Korea together” and about 1,500 female leaders of the member groups and 17 councils of provincial and provincial governments nationwide attended on Nov. 9, 2021 at COEX in Seoul.
The main guests of the event included National Assembly Speaker Park Byeong-seug, Prime Minister Kim Boo-kyum, Party Leader Song Young-gil of the Democratic Party, Party Leader Lee Jun-seok of the People Power Party, the Presidential candidates Yoon Seok-youl, Sim Sang-jung, Ahn Cheol-soo.
In particular, Ambassador Bader Mohamed Ibrahim al-Awadi of Kuwait to Korea, Ambassador Abdulla Saif Al Nuaimi of the UAE to Korea, and Ambassador Philippe Lefort of France to Korea participated to celebrate the 56th National Women's Congress.
For the first part commemoration ceremony, the opening declaration and national rites were held, followed by a speech by Chairman Huh Myung of the Korean National Council of Women.
Chairman Huh said, “The proportion of female lawmakers in the local constituencies still does not exceed 12%, and among the heads of 17 metropolitan organizations in Korea, there is not a single woman.”
Of the 226 local constituency group heads, only eight are women, and the ratio of women in companies as well as in major decision-making bodies of national institutions is below the OECD. Such discrimination on the basis of gender must be eliminated,” she said.
Ahead of the 2022 Presidential Election and the nationwide local elections, a resolution containing the goals, direction, and will to be pursued by the women's community in 2022 was adopted.
In the second part of the awards ceremony, the Women's Award was presented to those who made a significant contribution to the development of women in our society or practiced devoted service.
The winner was Kwak Bae-hee, the director of the Korean Family Law Office, who received the Kim Hwal-ran Female Leader Award for her dedication to promoting women's rights and leading the Korean family law firm for over 50 years.
The nurses at Sahmyook Seoul Medical Center who worked on the front lines and delivered comfort and emotion to the hearts of the people with all their heart for patients with dementia, even during a time when fears about the COVID-19 virus were maximized, were awarded the Yongshin Volunteer Service Award.
Chairman Kim In-soon (Singer Insooni), who established the Haemil School for multicultural families and improved multicultural awareness in our society, was awarded the Women of the Year Award.