We aim to have an independent space in the EAWF for young feminists and friends in East Asian regions to build up our own agenda and platform of actions.
We aim to allow young feminists and friends to join YWF as an individual, who is here to speak for herself/ himself as freely as possible.
We aim to create a network for young feminists and friends in the East Asian regions to share information, enhance mutual understanding, and to explore ways for concerted action.
We aim to creatively explore the meaning of feminisms, and critically involve ourselves in any form of local activism and regional or global joint action.
We aim to carry on YWF as a way of self-training, mutual empowerment, and facilitating conversation with our predecessors.
Young Women's Forum (YWF, formerly known as Youth Forum) is an independent part of the East Asian Women's Forum (EAWF). It was first launched in the 4th EAWF held in Taipei in September 2000. The first Youth Forum Workshop was warmly welcomed by younger participants of the conference and also kindly supported by many veteran regional activists of women's rights.
The first Forum Workshop held in 4th EAWF attracted more than 30 participants. We have achieved initial networking of younger feminists and friends in East Asian regions in the first Forum Workshop. Contact persons from participating areas in EAWF were elected for continuous networking and regional exchange. After hours of exciting discussion, we all decided to carry on the forum in future and here is the first resolution we made in 4th EAWF: The Youth Forum will continue to be part of the Main Forum. In particular, we encourage more discussion of sexuality as a mojor concern of the Youth Forum. In the first meeting, a contact person for each participating areas has been selected.
The workshop provides a free and creative zone for younger feminists and friends from East Asian regions to build up their agenda and platform of actions.
See Us in the 4th EAWF 2000
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Lucetta Kam (a.k.a Lulu), Contact Person of YWF
Let me also introduce briefly about myself. I'm now a full-time MPhil student of gender studies at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. I've worked for
several years in magazines and as freelance writer after graduation in 1996. Last year I made a decision to be a full-time student again. Also in last year, I
finally realised my "dream" of publishing a book on women talking about their first same-sex love stories. In the following years, I will continue to engage in
any local or regional projects of gender issues, women's issues, sexual rights or cultural diversities. And of course, my biggest hope is to see the growth of
YWF in future :)
I quitted my job to join Raleigh International, a British charity organization, to go to Central America for a three-month volunteer work... Having finished the volunteer work, I spent three month to traveling around South America and Mexico. During the trip, I learnt how to live with other people who came from different cultures. And then I spent another half year in Europe. I lived in Netherlands; I worked in a Japanese restaurant. I like Netherlands because the people and lifestyle there are very simple. They do not need to be very rich, they can do anything they like. I thought i would stay there forever but when I asked myself what I really want to achieve in my life, I am not sure. But at least I realized Netherlands was not a right place for my development.
Year 2000, I decided to go back to Hong Kong and started my long-term career. Now I am working in a social service organization, to serve the elderly who moved in Mainland China. During the spare time, I assist some women organizations to organize activities. A few months ago, my friend told me about this Young Women Forum. I found it very challenging and meaningful. So I joined. I enjoy team work. Although I haven't met the other workers before the first meeting, their enthusiasm and commitment really impressed me. I will devote my best to it.
Clara Tsang (On-Fu)
As a married woman, I don't hate men but I hate "the men" who don't concern about or communicate with women. They just try their best to control the women whom they don't understand. I claim myself a feminist since last summer. As a married woman and a female theology student, I know what the expectations from the society, the church and the seminary are. I just want to be my true self. I still claim myself a Christian because my Goddess/God made me in Her/His own image and still keeps Her/His faithful promise of salvations for all women even Her/His own people doesn't work it out faithfully.
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