US bill raises concerns over proposed removal of South Korea’s Ministry of Equality

WASHINGTON, July 04. (Yonhap) — A U.S. bill seeks to voice concerns over plans to cut South Korea’s Ministry of Equality and Family, the bill said Monday.

The State Department’s 2023 budget bill from the House of Representatives will also urge the secretary of state to remain “actively engaged” in promoting gender equality in South Korea if passed.

“The Committee is concerned about the abolition of South Korea’s Ministry of Equality and Family and urges the Secretary of State to remain actively engaged in efforts to advance women‘s empowerment and gender equality. gender in the country,” says the bill, introduced in the House of Representatives. Appropriations Committee of Representatives Friday.

South Korean President Yoon Suk-yeol, who took office in May, pledged to scrap the ministry during his election campaign.

Yoon appointed a new equality and family minister after taking office, but the new minister, Kim Hyun-sook, noted that the ministry could be “reorganized” during Yoon’s five-year term.

Meanwhile, the House appropriations bill, if passed, will also ask the US State Department to identify Korean Americans who want to be reunited with their families in North Korea.

“The Committee urges the North Korean Human Rights Office, in consultation with Korean American community organizations, to identify Korean Americans who wish to be reunited with their families in North Korea in anticipation of future reunions” , he said.

Last year, the House unanimously passed a bill, called the “Divided Families Reunification Act,” to demand efforts by the U.S. government to help realize family reunions for Korean Americans. and their separated families in North Korea.

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