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I've been having discussions with a new Facebook friend in Seoul, Michelle Lee Jones, about Single Mom's Day. Michelle is hoping to promote and fundraise for the 3rd Single Mom's Day held this year in Seoul on May 10 and 11.
Michelle has primarily fundraised at Seoul National University and has been impressed by our efforts here in Gwangju for The Vagina Monologues. I'm hoping we can collaborate to help raise awareness about an issue that is still very invisible to many expats.
Single Mom's Day is a collaboration of a few NGOs primarily based in Seoul, particularly TRACK (adult adoptees who participate to push for reforms in adoption law to preserve women and children's human rights according to the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child), KUMFA (Korean Unwed Mothers and Families Association) and this year is joined by Dandelion (a group for parents who lost their children to unethical adoptions). KUMFA has recently expanded operations in Daegu and Busan. Michelle says that in the past several months this collaboration has been impressive, including participation in the UN Periodic Review of South Korea and has greatly raised awareness of the problematic situation for children's and women's rights.
(Previous fundraiser for KUMFA in 2012 and one in 2011)
More info on KUMFA.
A law article from Adoption Justice
And a recent article in Korea Times by Jane Jeong Trenka about international adoption laws
In the past, Single Mom's Day has been a 1-day event, but fortunately this year it falls on a Saturday. Although planning is still underway there are a few things that can be shared now.
Themes: advocacy for child care expenses and education expenses; raise awareness about Dandelion, and to deal with the media blitz that overseas adoptions are too difficult and what a shift in adoption means to changing in the law.
The venue and speakers for this event are currently being planned.
- Friday May 10 will be an academic and media-focused event, with an international conference on the issues.
- Saturday will be an experience-driven event focusing on sharing and learning, oral history, possibly performances.
With Children's Day on May 5th and Single Mom's Day on May 10th & 11th, the collaboration hopes to promote and emphasize the child's rights preservation work by KUMFA and others. Michelle states that there is serious concern about the discrimination against children of unwed parents, and the loss of UN CRC rights to children who are adopted without following appropriate ethics protocols.
Single Mom's Day is actually Adoption Day in Korea - a day to promote adoption. TRACK and KUMFA deliberately started Single Mom's Day as a counter event to prevent separation of families due to lack of governmental or economic support of single mothers.
I'd like to start dialog and collaboration on Single Mom's Day in Gwangju. I'm looking for others who are interested in fundraising, outreach, and awareness raising. Please contact me at gwangjumaria at yahoo dot com.