Young leaders and honorable volunteers of YWCA went on an exchange tour to Seoul, Korea recently. They visited National YWCA of Korea and several places to learn about local women’s issues and explore various social hot topics, especially nuclear and peace issues in Korea through different activities and meetings. They were allowed to examine the subjects in different angles which broadened their mindset.
Having a packed itinerary of a five-day-tour, participants carried out a survey on war and women’s rights upon arriving Seoul. After gathering public opinions on these issues, they started to prepare for discussion in the following days. They shared their points of view with young leaders in Gangnam Youth Zone, Seoul YWCA and National YWCA of Korea. War and Peace was one of the most significant themes of the exchange tour. Participants gained deeper understanding of the topic through the visit to War and Women’s Human Rights Museum, Korea Demilitarised Zone and Border Peace School. Also, the meeting with Mimi Han, Vice-chairman of World YWCA, enlightened participants on ways to develop leadership skills.
Participants of the exchange tour did not only discuss serious topics like women’s human rights, but also joined different cultural exchange activities. For example, they visited Ewha Womans University and attended a K-pop dance class together as a challenge. These activities broadened their horizon and enhanced their gender awareness and international perspective. Participants found the trip rewarding, “it is still a long way to go for tracing justice, gender equality and world peace, but many people are striking for these.”