Taiwan’s Last Comfort Woman Passes Away
The recent passing of Taiwan’s last known “comfort woman” has brought attention to the historical significance of these women and the need for their stories to be preserved and acknowledged.
Remembering Taiwan’s Last “Comfort Woman”
Taiwan’s last known “comfort woman” passed away at the age of 92. She endured immense suffering during World War II when she was coerced into becoming a “comfort woman” for the Imperial Japanese Army. Her identity has not been revealed to respect her privacy and ensure a dignified funeral.
Origins of the “Comfort Stations”
The establishment of military brothels or “comfort stations” was triggered by the mass rapes committed by Japanese troops during the Nanking Massacre. Initially, Japanese prostitutes volunteered, but as the Japanese military expanded its operations, women from occupied territories like Korea, Taiwan, and China were coerced into providing sexual services.
The Scale of Victimization
Estimates suggest that hundreds of thousands of women, including girls as young as 12 years old, were victimized as “comfort women.” These women endured unimaginable suffering, and their stories deserve recognition and remembrance.
Educating the Public
Efforts are currently being taken to raise awareness about the harm inflicted upon women through sexual violence during World War II. These efforts will help ensure that experiences of “comfort women” are not forgotten and to prevent the repetition of such atrocities.
Tags: Japan • Second World War • Taiwan
Month: Current Affairs - May, 2023
Category: International / World Current Affairs
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