Welfare for Migrant Women

I had an interview with Prof. Michael Meyers, the new host of “Soul of Asia” on tbs, yesterday and I talked about two organizations that women married to Koreans can join. One is ISKA, International Spouses of Koreans Associations, and the other is the Married Women Migrants Human Rights Center. I joined the former more than five years ago when one of its founders, Ate Weng, was still in Korea. She used to work for the Korea Herald and the Korea Tourism Organization. Most of its members are from western countries, but sadly they’re not that active anymore.
Married Women Migrants Human Rights Center (Prof. Meyers said it should’ve been “Immigrant”) is sponsored by the Ministry of Gender Equality (yes, we need that in Korea!) and I was introduced to the center three years ago. Surprisingly, the Center is located less than a kilometer from where I live. Most of the women who come to the Center are from Asian countries (and who got married through matchmakers/agencies/cult). This is where I study Korean language. I was once asked by another Filipina two years ago if I don’t feel ashamed going to a Center filled with women who got married through an arranged marriage. I just answered “BAHKETTTT???” In one of my conversations with Emma, we laughed about some Pinays whose superiority complex exceeds that of Koreans.
Anyway, there was an article that came out on Korea Times of an interview with Gender Equality Minister Byun Do Yoon. She discussed about the ministry’s plans for migrant women.

Welfare for Migrant Women
Byun said she will take all the necessary steps to improve the human rights of migrant women married to Korean men. “We don’t have much knowledge and understanding of immigrant women, although they are playing a greater role in our society,” Byeon said.
She said they are maltreated and assaulted due to culture differences. “Not only foreign women but Korean spouses need education in forming harmonious families.”
Therefore, the ministry has been offering information related to interracial marriages and human rights so that Korean men can better understand about immigrant women. It has increased by five-fold the number of participants for education to 2,560 this year from 526, last year.
Foreign women who are suffering from domestic violence can get help by calling the emergency help center for immigrant women at 1577-1366 around the clock throughout the year. The center provides legal and medical services in eight foreign languages including English, Chinese, Vietnamese, Filipino, Thai and Cambodian. Also, the number of shelters for those foreign women suffering from domestic violence will be increased to 14 this year from four.
The ministry will also expand support programs for disabled women and use welfare centers to counsel and help them find jobs. Centers fighting sexual violence and shelters for sex assault victims will be expanded for underprivileged women. Currently, there are 19 counseling centers and two shelters.
Korea Has A Long Way To Go For Gender Equality

I’ll be posting more information about the Center on my other blog. You can also find information on government programs (like Mother-Child Welfare) there.
I took the photo above at the Women’s Center. It is in support of a young Cambodian immigrant who stabbed her husband in defense.
Here’s an interesting survey of married immigrants in Korea.


  1. “I was introduced to the center three years ago.” Same here po and since then up to now they are improving. Before our Migrant Center here in Daejeon only had 2 classes a week. But now they have a lot of program and a lot of classes. From beginners to advance lesson and we also have 한국 문화 and a lot more. Morning and afternoon classes good for me. ^.^ I’m working in the afternoon that is whay I’m taking the morning class. Now a days a lot students too.

  2. I must say it’s a brilliant effort. Good that at least some are sensitive to victims who are abused. So how long has the centre been around?

  3. “The center provides legal and medical services in eight foreign languages including English, Chinese, Vietnamese, Filipino, Thai and Cambodian.”
    I’d really love to offer my services for the Center when I become a lawyer.
    -2nd year law student at Ateneo de Davao University

  4. i want to let you know that 1577-1366 is a specialized center known as EMERGENCY SUPPORT CENTER FOR MIGRANT WOMEN, and its main branch is in Seoul any time anywhere you are having some questions or need counseling just dial 1577-1366. And the good news is The Ministry of Gender Equality also decided to put branches of this center to different CITY OF KOREA SUCH AS DAEJON, GWANGJU, BUSAN, AND SUWON.
    Here are the following contact numbers, you may call anytime if you need help (just nearby where you are):
    -042)488-2979, 485-1633/483-1633 http://www.ckreez14.blogspot.com

  5. I am very thankful and happy to introduced that there are some one and association working towards migrants issues and counseling. at the moment i am making documentary inside the story of Nepalese Migrations, the recent data and everyday news papers written full of Nepalese women problems in Korea. i am traveling some of the middle East countries and i am really hoping to be there in Korea too, if there is any one can support and assist us, please we need support!

      1. Namaste and Thank you very much and if you have any concern organization that might be interested to support and help please help us letting us some information. thanking you once again. Koirala

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