Exhibit of female scientists’ portraits

An exhibit of portrait photographs of female French and Korean scientists by the French photographer Marie-HelAn Le Ny opened on March 8 in the National Assembly complex.

Entitled Infinites Plurielles, the exhibit was arranged to mark International Women's Day. It is being co-hosted by the ROK-France Parliamentary Friendship Group's President Chung Sye-kyun and Vice President Sung Il-jong, Gender Equality and Family Committee Chairwoman Jun Hye-sook, and the French Embassy to the ROK. It will run through March 24 in the third lobby of the Members' Office Building.

At the opening ceremony, National Assembly Speaker Moon Hee-sang, who sits on the board of the ROK-France Parliamentary Friendship Group, said the exhibit would be a good opportunity to deepen the two countries' amity.

He said countries around the world are committed to improving the status of women and ending discrimination against women, adding that the ROK is engaged in such efforts and women now play active roles in a broad range of sectors. He continued by saying that Korean society has now changed to the extent that people even call these times the 'era of women', but as a father of two daughters, he added, he still questions whether it is a 'genuine' era of women.

He said that women's rights in the ROK have improved dramatically over time, but discrimination still exists, as a strong glass ceiling and a wide gender wage gap remain. Women also continue to be a target of crime, which prevents them from fully exercising their human right to live in safety, he said.

The speaker then underscored that things are much the same in the science sector. Because of the long-standing pro-male bias in the sciences, he said, female scientists endure more hardships than men when seeking to enter and establish themselves in the scientific fields. Noting the importance of the role and awareness of leaders in different arenas, he pledged to do his best to help forge a society where women can freely develop their potential.

Source: The National Assembly of the Republic of Korea

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