Saturday, August 31, 2013

Women Judges and Prosecutors?

Dear Korean,

How many women judges are there in Korea? And how many female prosecutors are there? Have there been more females since the new president?

Cindy H.

According to Korea Women's Development Institute, 24.4% of the judges and 20.5% of the prosecutors are women as of 2010. There has been a constant increase of women judges and prosecutors in Korea that long pre-dates the new (woman) president. In 2008, for example, more than 70% of the newly appointed judges were women.

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  1. I don't know anything about women judges and prosecutors. I think it is a good thing because if only men are judges, then the courts will always be skewed.
    I think it puts more pressure on women since during the day she has to be a judge and after that she has to cook and clean for her family. Double pressure.

    One thing that I think is very important and severely under-reported is the fact that Korea has a woman as a president. It is too early to think that women gained more equality, after all, the gender gap in Korea can be compared that to United Arab Emirates, Kuwait and Nigeria.
    Shame, shame, shame.

    However, to my knowledge, there was never a woman president in Japan so Korea beat them to it. There was none in America, despite all the talk about how free and unbiased it is.

    So I guess Korea is way ahead of other nations (the U.S. included) in terms of progressive thinking. Just think of it - they would rather pick an African American than a woman. I bet they would pick an Asian American before they pick a woman. Of course, Clinton and Bachmann are not the role models you want to follow. And Sarah Palin is just a joke. I hope Clinton does not become a democratic candidate in 2016, she will lose.

    Anyway, hurrah for Mrs. Park. I wonder if she is married. Is she a good president?

    1. As a European woman living in Korea, I'd have to disagree with you about the comparison with Arabia, Kuwait and Nigeria, I think you went too far.

      Also, what you need to know, if we dig deep into Korean history, before China brought Confucianism, Korea was a quite liberal society, they say and the power was pretty much in the hands of women. I don't wanna blame neither China nor the Confucianist ideology for the gender inequallity, but given these facts, you can say the Korean society is going towards a balllance of its own. Yes, true, there's discrimination for sure, but somehow women here seem to be good fighters as well.

      And as for a woman president, personally, I don't think that automatically changes much, it's just a coincidence, I'd dare saying. And whether she's good or not that's too early to talk about.


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