Surviving WWII Filipino ‘comfort women’ fight for recognition, apology – What We Know!

  • The remaining Filipino ladies who have been pressured into sexual slavery by Imperial Japan throughout World Battle II are planning to submit a petition to newly elected members of the Philippine authorities.
  • This petition will demand the Philippines’ subsequent administration to “grant recognition to the [survivors’] official plight.”
  • These survivors, who’re euphemistically known as “consolation ladies,” have been kidnapped and coerced into sexual slavery for the gratification of army personnel in the course of the Japanese occupation of the Philippines from 1942 to 1945.
  • Members of Lila Pilipina (League of Philippine Lolas), a company based in 1994 by surviving consolation ladies and their supporters, are nonetheless combating for a proper apology from Japan, in addition to an official place from the Philippine authorities that condemns the Imperial Japanese Military’s actions.

The remaining Filipino survivors who have been pressured into sexual slavery by Imperial Japan throughout World Battle II are planning to submit a petition for justice to be served.

The survivors, who’re euphemistically known as “consolation ladies,” have been kidnapped and coerced into sexual slavery for the gratification of army personnel in the course of the Japanese occupation of the Philippines from 1942 to 1945.

Members of Lila Pilipina (League of Philippine Lolas), a company based in 1994 by surviving consolation ladies and their supporters, mentioned their calls for for justice throughout a media discussion board on the Fee of Human Rights in Quezon Metropolis, Philippines, on March 23.

“Most of them are of their nineties, of their twilight years. Most of them have various medical circumstances and are bedridden. Only some of them are nonetheless bodily energetic,” Sharon Silva, the chief director of Lila Pilipina, stated. “Regardless of these circumstances, if you happen to ask them, they’re nonetheless very dedicated to the struggle for justice. The one factor that stopped them from becoming a member of actions like this one is the restrictions introduced by COVID-19.” 

Historians estimate that round 200,000 ladies turned victims within the nations occupied by Japan throughout World Battle II, together with Korea, Myanmar, Vietnam, Thailand, Singapore, Taiwan and Indonesia. 

Within the Philippines, it’s estimated that greater than 1,000 Filipino females – some as younger as 8 years outdated – turned consolation ladies. Round 40 to 50 of them are reportedly nonetheless alive.

Lila Pilipina continues to struggle, demanding the Philippine authorities for correct documentation and inclusion within the nation’s official recorded historical past, in addition to a proper apology from Japan and an official place from the Philippine authorities that condemns the Imperial Japanese Military’s actions.

“I’m nearing the tip of my days, however I’ll proceed to be courageous so we are able to get the justice we now have been ready for,” survivor Estelita Dy stated at a discussion board final month. “We have now been combating for a very long time, however we now have but to get justice. Possibly this time, we’d get it.”

Rosa Henson, also referred to as “Lola Rosa,” got here ahead along with her survival story in 1992, which then prompted extra survivors to share their tales.

Lila Pilipina began gathering signatures final month for a petition they plan on submitting to the Philippines’ subsequent administration to “grant recognition to the official plight of Filipino consolation ladies.” 

“Previous and present Philippine presidents have refused to satisfy this duty,” the petition states. “Japanese growth help, or ODA has been the principle obstacle to the achievement of the chief division’s duty of demanding atonement for this historic injustice.”

“The problem of the Filipino consolation ladies as we now have famous previously 30 years as historians is a matter of historic justice, a problem of historic recognition,” Francis Gealogo, a Filipino historian and professor at Ateneo de Manila College, stated. “Adverse historic revisionism is amplified by many layers of distortion. Distortions when it comes to denial of their existence in historical past.”

“We should always embody the difficulty of the hunt for justice by the lolas [grandmothers], by the Filipino victims of Japanese army sexual slavery as half and parcel of this electoral marketing campaign towards historic revisionism,” he added.

Whereas Japan’s former Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi wrote an apology letter to all consolation ladies in 2001, Lila Filipina doesn’t contemplate it a proper apology from the Japanese authorities.

A statue devoted to consolation ladies was unveiled in Manila in December 2017, however it was later unceremoniously eliminated by the Division of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) in April 2018.

President Rodrigo Duterte reportedly supported the statue’s elimination since he didn’t need it to “insult” Japan, which is the nation’s largest supply of overseas assist. 

“We actually wish to educate individuals about this, create consciousness and hopefully, get justice for these ladies as a result of they’re victims of conflict,” Liza Gino, a Filipino advocate and the creator of the historic fiction novel “Imelda’s Secret,” instructed ABS-CBN Information.

“Filipino consolation ladies should not a part of our written historical past, might you consider that?” she continued. “The Japanese nation is saying that, ‘We employed prostitutes. They weren’t pressured into sexual slavery,’ however would you actually rent an 8-year-old?”

Featured Picture through Arirang Information