Expanding Awareness and the Culture of Gender Equality
The policies and projects for expanding the culture of gender equality are implemented with the objective of “Gender Equal Society Sharing Together.” They are led by the Ministry of Gender Equality and Family in cooperation with the Ministry of Education, the Korea Communications Commission, the Ministry of Culture, Sports, and Tourism, the Ministry of Security and Public Administration, the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs, and the Ministry of Health and Welfare. The policy task, which takes women’s special circumstances and demands into consideration, is to “Create an Equal and Women-Friendly Environment in the Media, Culture, and the Arts.” Based on Article 7 (Development of Basic Plan for Women’s Policies) of the Framework Act on Women’s Development, the fourth Basic Plan for Women’s Policies (2013-2017) suggested projects on gender equality as the main task related to cultural diversity.
The Ministry of Gender Quality and Family plans to “establish a media monitoring and feedback system of gender perspectives with civic participation” in cooperation with the Korea Communications Commission and “support media which contributes to the spread of gender equality” with the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism.
Cooperation projects between the Ministry of Gender Equality and Family and the Ministry of Culture, Sports, and Tourism include the establishment of an organization specializing in the gender-equal culture and arts policy, promotion of increased human resources, and support of women in culture and arts.
There are also many projects which are jointly carried out by the Ministry of Gender Equality and Family, the Ministry of Culture, Sports, and Tourism, and local governments. Projects to preserve and develop women’s cultural heritage include the expansion of the National Women’s History Exhibition Hall to preserve and substantially develop Korean women’s historical cultural heritage and the establishment of the local women’s cultural heritage discovery network which consists of local women cultural experts and activists from women’s cultural movement organizations.
In addition, the projects to develop women resources in culture and arts and to support women’s cultural activities include those to foster female human resources in culture and arts and to support their creative activities, solve the issues of career-interrupted women artists including measures to reduce women performing artists’ childcare burdens, and develop women leaders in tourism and sports.