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The Neglected North Korean Crisis: Women's Rights

Title
The Neglected North Korean Crisis: Women's Rights
Authors
Kim, Sea YoungEasley, Leif-Eric
Ewha Authors
Leif Eric Easley
SCOPUS Author ID
Leif Eric Easleyscopus
Issue Date
2021
Journal Title
ETHICS & INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS
ISSN
0892-6794JCR Link

1747-7093JCR Link
Citation
ETHICS & INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS vol. 35, no. 1, pp. 19 - 29
Keywords
Democratic People's Republic of KoreaDPRKhuman rights lawgender equalitypublic healthcross-border migrationChinamarketizationlabor exploitationinternational organizations
Publisher
CAMBRIDGE UNIV PRESS
Indexed
SSCI; SCOPUS WOS
Document Type
Article
Abstract
North Korea references gender equality in its socialist constitution, but the de facto social and legal circumstances that women face in the country are far below the de jure status they are purported to enjoy. North Korean women endure extremely low public health standards and pervasive harassment. Yet their growing market power and social influence are underestimated. Women account for the majority of North Korean border crossers, and their informal economic activities are supporting families while modernizing the economy. This essay examines the dangers of exploitation that North Korean women face and highlights the ethical and legal imperatives of supporting their roles in marketizing the economy and liberalizing the society in one of the worst human rights-violating states. Women are North Korea's most deserving recipients of international assistance and the country's most promising partners to the world.
DOI
10.1017/S0892679421000010
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