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Korea-EU Civil Society Network (KEN) organises the Conference on Anti-Discrimination: increasing capabilities and cooperation between European and Korean CSOs

15.11.2021
Seoul

"Over the past two years, civil society groups from both regions have gone through a lot of effort to achieve mutual communication, sympathy and cooperation through the Korea-EU Civil Society Network," said Maria Castillo-Fernandez, Ambassador of the European Union to the Republic of Korea. “We have laid the groundwork for the discussion to continue and I will continue to facilitate this forum for dialogue and provide active support to achieve concrete results."

The Delegation of the European Union to the Republic of Korea announces that the Korea-EU CSO Network will host the Conference on Anti-Discrimination on November 19th - with the participation of CSOs based in the EU and the RoK - to promote mutual exchange and cooperation in the field of human rights.

This activity is part of the public diplomacy initiative (‘EU Policy and Outreach Partnership/EUPOP in the Republic of Korea’) managed by the EU Delegation in Seoul. The half-day hybrid conference will be accessible via Zoom to registered participants from 3.30pm until 7.40pm (Korea Standard Time) and physically at the Westin Chosun (Josun) Seoul hotel until 8pm (Korea Standard Time). The conference will be under the title: ‘Conference on Anti-Discrimination: increasing capabilities and cooperation between European and Korean CSOs’.

The event will be held in a hybrid online-offline format in Seoul, South Korea, with the European participants joining online, while the Korean participants can sign up online or request to attend on-site within the limitation of the seats available.

The conference will follow up on the three seminars held under this project over the last year, focusing on the themes of Gender Equality, Disability Rights and Migrants Rights. The conference will conclude on the outcomes of the project and how the EU and RoK CSOs are planning their ways forward on these topics.

This hybrid conference is open to anyone who is interested in Gender Equality, Disability Rights and Migrant Rights, as well as in civil society activities and cooperation with the European Union. Registration to attend the online conference can be done through the Korea-EU CSO Network website’s event page (https://www.kencso.org/2021-eu-ko-cso-conference?lang=en). English - Korean simultaneous interpretation will be provided.

 

About the Korea-EU CSO Network (KEN)

The Korea-EU Civil Society Network (KEN) began in January 2019 as part of the European Union's public diplomacy project (EU Policy and Outreach Partnership/EUPOP in the Republic of Korea), and facilitates that civic groups with different political, economic, social and historical experiences can share their experiences and success stories through various exchange activities. During the 2020-2021 period, several workshops, webinars and international conferences have been prepared to promote such exchanges between civil society organizations in both regions. It will also continue to provide information on civil society organizations in the coming years.

 

EUPOP ROK Project Media Contact: Ms Cathy Paik +82 10 8318 0610; contact@kencso.org

EUPOP ROK Programme Manager: Ms Tanith Bello +82-2-37041751;

Tanith.Bello@eeas.europa.eu

 

Conference Agenda

Time 

Session 

Details 

15:00-15:30

On-site registration

 On-line connections

15h30-15h45 

Welcome speech by EUD 

 H.E. María CASTILLO FERNÁNDEZ – Ambassador, Delegation of the European Union to the Republic of Korea

15h45-16h45 

Session 1: Gender equality 

 

Moderator: Juhee Roh, Chief Operating Officer at Seoul Acceleration Center for Gender Equity  

 

Speakers: Hwang Geum Myoung Ryoon (Goldie), Executive Director of Gender Equality Training Platform Hyojea and Nicholas Spetsidis, Project Coordinator at the Union of Women Association of Heraklion, Greece 

 

Discussant: Heechung Chung, President of Tomato Education Lab   

Introduction (10 min) by the two speakers on their roles and the functions and activities of their organisations  

Discussion (30-40 min) around three sub-areas: 

 

  1. Public education on gender equality (including digital gender-based violence) 
  1. Recent gender equality issues in Korea and Europe 
  1. Eradicating toxic masculinity and engaging men for gender equality   

Questions and discussion from audience (10 min) 

16h50-17h50 

Session 2: Disabilities rights 

 

Moderator: Reena Lee, Chair of Working Committee on Children with Disabilities of APDF  

   

Speakers: Hanbyul Choi, General Secretary of Korea Disability Forum and Helen Portal, Policy officer at Inclusion Europe

 

Discussant: Gayeon Lee, Reporter at Be Minor   

Introduction (10 min) by the two speakers on their roles and the functions and activities of their organisations  

 

Discussion (30-40 min) around three sub-areas: 

  1. Election rights and right to vote 
  2. Deinstitutionalization 
  3. Inclusive education in Korea and Europe 

Questions and discussion from audience (10 min) 

18h00-19h00 

Session 3: Migrants rights 

 

Moderator: Won Geun Choi, Kyunghee University Research Professor at Center for International Development Cooperation (CIDEC) 

 

Speakers: Young-ah Kim, Director of Migration to Asia Peace and Josephine Liebl, Head of Advocacy at the European Council on Refugees and Exiles  

 

Discussant: Takgon Lee, Associate Legal Officer at UNHCR 

Introduction (10 min) by the two speakers on their roles and the functions and activities of their organisations  

 

Discussion (30-40 min) around three sub-areas: 

 

  1. Challenges in advancing refugee and migrant rights and the roles CSOs can play in Korea/Europe  
  2. Politicization of migrants’ issues     
  3. Priorities for the upcoming year 

 

Questions and discussion from audience (10 min) 

19h00-19h40

Session 4: Outcomes from each group and way forward 

*Serving of dinner at 19:00

 

*Dinner will be served at 19:00 for the audience to dine and listen to the discussion on stage like a working dinner.

19h40-20h00

Closure

Closing Remarks