Our next featured advocate is Yuko Sasaki from Soka University. Yuko is currently a member of table 2, focusing on the topic of "The Feminist Perspectives on Wars and Conflicts".
"(...) the understanding about the feminism is not sufficient among people and some people criticize that the rights of men will be infringed due to feminism. I disagree with this criticism because I believe that feminism is the fighting to gain their happiness by themselves and it does not exist at the expense of men."
Q１. Please tell us what are the reasons/motivations that made you apply for ISC65?
I am Yuko Sasaki, a junior in Faculty of International Liberal Arts in Soka University in Japan. I recognized that there were some people who were facing difficulties that I had not experienced through media. I thought I needed to study hard in order to contribute to solve these issues in the future, so I made efforts for it. However, It was around the time I found this international student conference when I started to think that nothing would change if I continued only studying and I needed to take action from now on. I was admired by its purpose of this conference that students take advantage of their leaning and make proposal for solutions of various issues, so I decided to apply for it.
Q２.What do you think about your table’s topic?
Gender inequality is gradually being solved because the feminists spread all over the world. However, the understanding about the feminism is not sufficient among people and some people criticize that the rights of men will be infringed due to feminism. I disagree with this criticism because I believe that feminism is the fighting to gain their happiness by themselves and it does not exist at the expense of men. We will discuss the issues under civil wars with this perspective of feminists. Civil wars are very serious condition and the issues that only women confront tend to be neglected. I think this topic will consider how we can involve those women to feminism.
Q3. Can you share with us your table's activities recently?
After we read some materials that describes women's issues under wars, which our table chief prepared, we decided to do case study of two countries. The one is Korea, which there was an issue of comfort women under world war II and now it is affected by its conscription. Another is Syria, where civil wars are going on. I am anxious whether I can contact other members without failure because we live in different areas, but I can make efforts because everyone works hard!!
Q4. Can you tell us a little bit about your hometown?
I was born and raised in Ibraki prefecture, which locates in sea side in Kanto area, center of Japan. Ibaraki prefecture is notorious as the worst attractive prefecture in Japan because there are few sightseeing spots. I think the unique advantage of Ibaraki prefecture is livability. There are so many products that are produced most in Japan such as water melon, lotus roots, green pepper, to name a few. That means we can get fresh foods in nearest supermarket. The transportation is also good. We can go to Tokyo station, a central station from my hometown Toride City within one hour even though it is not as crowdy as the center of Tokyo, so I can lead slow life there. There are also some sightseeing spots even though they are few. Hitachi seaside park is one example. We can enjoy large seasonal fields there. The picture shows Nemophila, which blossoms in May every year at the park.