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18.15 Uhr

North Korean female human rights abuse and women’s resistance

Dr. Hyun-Joo Lim (Faculty of Health and Social Sciences, Bournemouth University)

This lecture seeks to address North Korean female human rights violations and how women who have been subject to such violations have become human rights activists. The aims of the lecture are two-fold: first, to examine the extent and scale of North Korean female human rights violations within and outside the DPRK, as well as during and after repatriation to the North; second, to explore the subjective experiences of North Korean female human rights activists. Whilst highlighting the seriousness of human rights issues faced by North Korean women, the lecture aims to examine journeys taken by North Korean female activists from refugees to activists, the motivations behind such transitions, the symbolic and practical meanings of their activism for their identity, fellow North Koreans as well as the future of North Korea.

Zur Person:
Hyun-Joo Lim is a senior lecturer in Sociology at Bournemouth University (BU), UK. Originally from South Korea, her research interests have been developed around the experiences of East Asian migrants and ethnic minorities in the UK. These include gender, identity, parenting, transnational families, refugees, human rights activism, and Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) students in higher education. She has recently published a paper, ‘Traversing: Familial Challenges for Escaped North Koreans’ (2021), in the Journal of Refugee Studies. Her article ‘Human Rights Activism among North Korean Refugees in the UK: Hope for A Democratic Future?’ is in the process of publication by Journal of Human Rights and Social Work. Her paper ‘Enhancing the Learning Experiences of BAME Students at BU: The Role of the University’ will also be published this year as part of Social Policy and Society, Special Issue ‘Race’, Learning and Teaching in Social Policy. She has also published a book chapter, ‘Parenting and Care in Adulthood’, in the edited book Human Growth and Development in Adults (2020) by Policy Press, as well as contributing to the Asian Mothering/Mothers section in the book Motherhood in Contemporary International Perspective (2019) by Routledge. Her book, East Asian Mothers in Britain: An Intersectional Exploration of Motherhood and Employment, was published in 2018 by Palgrave Macmillan. Currently, she is working on her second book, North Korean Female Defectors, Human Rights Violations and Activism with Bristol University Press.

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