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Byun Do-Yoon: Breaking the gender patterns

  • Matheos Viktor Messakh

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Fri, May 29 2009   /  09:58 am

JP/Wendra A. During her career spanning four decades, Korea’s Gender Equality Minister Byun Do-yoon has become clear on one thing: In the male-dominated societies across Asia, it is still hard for women to land jobs and hold on to them.

Breaking this pattern has been Byun Do-yoon’s primary mission since she took up the ministerial post in March 2008. Byun said during an interview with The Jakarta Post on Wednesday that although the Gender Equality Ministry was established 20 years ago, Korean society has a long way to go to be truly equal in terms of gender. The ministry’s function is to protect women’s rights, promote their interests, achieve gender equality and improve their social standing. Recently, special attention has been paid to nurturing a social environment that ensures women’s safety and helps women achieve employment and self-...