Being part of the “comfort women” movement for justice is a natural extension of our work as advocates. Our commitment to “comfort women” advocacy through political education, art, and coalition building are guided by the same principles we bring to our daily work with clients: trauma-informed, culturally-aware, and survivor-centered.
We also know that to truly create conditions for a world free of oppression, we must shift from our current culture of silencing and distrust of survivors. At the same time, multiple systems of power uphold this culture to be the dominant response to survivorship and violence. Examples of these interlocking powers include cis-heterosexism, ageism, ethno-nationalism, colonialism, and militarism. Notably, not one of our communities is free to ignore or overcome these forces alone. When “comfort women” survivors fight for their justice, they are challenging each one of these systems. Their fight then is our fight.