2016년 5월 18일 수요일

YWCA boycotts any products made by Oxy Reckitt Benckiser


Totally about 500 children and women are reported to have died or been injured after inhaling poisonous chemicals used in humidifier disinfectants manufactured and sold by several large distributors in South Korea from 2001 to 2011.
 
Lotte Mart's CEO apologized to the public on April 18, 2016 and offered plans for compensation to the victims. It was the first company involved in the humidifier sterilizer deaths to do so. Aekyung has not yet made a public apology.(But Lotte Mart raised an objection to court's verdict later this news because of the large amount of compensation for the victims.)
 
British-based firm Reckitt Benckiser has eventually admitted for the first time selling a humidifier disinfectant that killed about 100 people in South Korea on May 2, 2016.
 
Oxy Reckitt Benckiser, Cefu, Lotte Shopping, Homeplus, Aekyung have been criticised for previously refusing to take responsibilities more than five years. 
 

 
 In this regard, YWCA with 36 civil society organization claims as below:
 
- The Humidifier disinfectant manufacturers that caused the mysterious illnesses and deaths must apologize to the victims and Korean citizens.
- Public prosecutor's office must punish the humidifier disinfectant manufacturers responsible for the deaths.
- We boycott any products from Oxy that has sold the poisonous chemical and tried to cover up its side effects.
- Korean Government must find out the explicit reasons of this case, ways to support for victims, and measures to prevent the similar cases.
- Korean National Assembly must establish special laws for the affected by humidifier sterilizer and hold a public hearing.
 

2016년 5월 16일 월요일

The 108th anti-nuclear power plant campaign



 It's been 30 years since Chernobyl disaster happened and it's been 5 years since Fukushima disaster frightened the world. Despite all the lengthy period of time, it is still reported serious post-disaster damages from the affected sites. Unfortunately, it seems like many people still doesn't understand how much dangerous nuclear power plants are.
There are a number of countries declared no nuclear power plant such as Germany, Italy, and Taiwan, but South Korea is appealing to spread out nuclear-based electric generation. It is sad that we have to admit South Korea has the densest nuclear power plants nationwide, this is the point YWCA want to escape of.

 
Then how can we solve this energy problem that threats our environment and accelerate global warming? We regards "getting-out-of-nuclear energy" and research and development of renewable energy as sustainable solutions.
 
In this regard, YWCA is gathering signatures to request petition for legislation of a feed-in tariff. A feed-in tariff (FIT, standard offer contract) advanced renewable tariff or renewable energy payments is a policy mechanism designed to accelerate investment in renewable energy technologies. It achieves this by offering long-term contracts to renewable energy producers, typically based on the cost of generation of each technology. Rather than pay an equal amount for energy, however generated, technologies such as wind power, for instance, are awarded a lower per-kWh price, while technologies such as solar PV and tidal power are offered a higher price, reflecting costs that are higher at the moment.1)
 

We are aware that this is not easy task to do, but we will never stop campaigning until the world life and peace without nuclear power plant. We would like you to join this movement!



 




                                                                                    
1)https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Feed-in_tariff

2016년 5월 10일 화요일

YWCA news in April


Seoul YWCA signed an agreement with Far East Broadcast Company(FEBC) on mutual promotion for both institutions. This agreement will play an important role not only for promoting Seoul YWCA's activities as a Christian women's association but also for spreading out its social impact.(21th April, 2016) 
 
 
 
Pursuing happiness : Intergeneration program
Bongcheon Social Service Center have begun volunteering activities between Moonyoung High school volunteering club and senior citizens. The high school students visit seniors home once a month to teach them how to use a smart phone. Their kick-off event left high expectations for upcoming meetings.(8th April, 2016)
 
 
 
 

Yeongduengpo Women Resources Development Center opened an art psychotherapy class, "Listen to my heart!" for married job-seekers. The teachers are from the art psychotherapist co-op built by Yeongduengpo Women Resource Development Center, this is the first business the two institutions work together. The participants told that the program was so helpful to get calmed down and get more confident.(21th April, 2016)
 
 
    
   

Save energy project in churches

      Seoul YWCA is running "Saving Energy Project in Church". Last weekend, August 12th, Seoul YWCA visits Onsarang Church...