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Author Cathy L. Patrenos

Current Release –  The Silk Road Score

Cathy L Patrenos

The Yale International Conference on “Comfort Women” and Wartime Sexual Violence featured speakers such as Former Congressman Mike Honda and Yoshiaki Yoshimi, the founder of Center for Research and Documentation on Japan’s War Responsibility. In 1992, Professor Yoshimi discovered and made public the first documents revealing the Japanese military had established and maintained the military “comfort station” system. In 2007, Honda proposed U.S. H.Res. 121, which stated that Japan should formally acknowledge, apologize, and accept historical responsibility for the “comfort women” issue. They were joined by other international scholars, journalists, and activists on panels covering three main themes: historical justice and education of wartime sexual violence, human rights and international law, and activism and social entrepreneurship.  The conference also focused on addressing current wartime sexual violence as one of the most salient issues of our generation, and sought to educate people on the historical injustices of the past with the hope that history does not repeat itself.