Democratic Party presidential candidate Lee Jae-myung speaks at a conference of city and provincial party chairpersons held at the central party in Yeouido, Seoul on the 7th. Parliamentary photojournalists
On the 7th, Democratic Party presidential candidate Lee Jae-myung criticized Yoon Seok-yeol, a presidential candidate for the People’s Strength, as “a regrettable and dangerous statement” when he said “there is no longer any structural gender discrimination”.
Candidate Lee said this by posting on his social networking service (SNS) on the same day, “It is unfortunate that candidate Yoon Seok-yeol’s perception that there is no structural sex discrimination” was posted.
In an interview with the Hankook Ilbo published on the same day, when candidate Yoon was asked, ‘Isn’t the promise of abolition of the Ministry of Gender Equality and Family a priority?’ There is no longer any structural gender discrimination. Discrimination is a personal matter,” he said. It is a thing of the past that women are treated unequal and men are treated superiorly.”
Regarding Candidate Yoon’s claim, Candidate Lee said, “According to the World Economic Forum’s annual Gender Gap Index (GGI), out of a total of 156 countries in 2021, (Korea) ranks at the bottom of the list, ranking 102nd.” To dismiss it as a personal problem, it means that the level of gender equality is low and structured gender discrimination is serious.” Candidate Lee also wrote, “In fact, there is ‘fair gender equality’ in Candidate Yoon’s promises.
Candidate Lee said, “The issue of gender equality is a task that Korean society must achieve for sustainable development. said. Candidate Lee said, “I will surely create a Republic of Korea where everyone can live together without discrimination through a politics of unity rather than division and antagonism.”
Justice Party presidential candidate Shim Sang-jung also criticized on his SNS on the same day, saying, “I don’t think there will be any more room to write nonsense.” Candidate Shim said, “If you follow Yoon’s assertion, is it that only 19% of the women in the National Assembly and 4.8% of the executives of the top 100 companies are women’s individual ability issues? From the SAT to civil service exams, women have good grades, so why does the number of women decrease as they move into senior positions? Why is it that nearly 90% of victims of violent crimes such as sexual violence are women?” he pointed out.
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