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Two Fight For Rights Of Women

Nov 18,2000
Two lawmakers Friday asked the government to come up with measures to help unemployed women and fight prostitution.

Jeon Jae-hee, of the main opposition Grand National Party, and one of only a handful of woman legislators, said, "female workers are mostly in low-paying jobs, and are the first victims in the restructuring process."

The lawmaker went on to say that "extreme measures must be taken to battle prostitution, particularly when it involves minors and the Internet," she said.

Kim Kyung-cheon, a representative from the ruling Millennium Democratic Party and also one of the few women in parliament, lashed out at the "deplorable state of women's rights."

The two legislators put forth policy suggestions.

Mrs. Kim asked to introduce a quota system for women in the public sector. Mrs. Jeon asked the government to pay for maternity leave from social security fund, as more women are having abortions in order to save money. "There are 1.5 million abortions a year, two times the number of new-born babies," she said.


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