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South Korea President Yoon Suk Yeol Argues Ending Gender Ministry to Help Women

  • Yoon Suk Yeol’s government advances plans to abolish agency
  • Critics contend the move would make gender gap even worse
Yoon Suk Yeol

Yoon Suk Yeol

Photographer: David Kawai/Bloomberg

South Korea’s president argued that eliminating the ministry set up to protect women would actually help them, drawing a rebuke from women’s groups who said the plan would set back efforts to close one of the world’s worst gender gaps. 

“Abolishing the Ministry of Gender Equality and Family would be about bolstering the protection of women, children, families and the socially weak,” Yoon Suk Yeol told reporters Friday. He implied the ministry’s structure doesn’t do enough to protect victims of sexual abuse by those in power.