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With the announcement of the Beijing Platform for Action in 1995, we have made many notable achievements in line with gender equality over the last 26 years. However, as of 2021, there still remain numerous difficulties on the road to a gender-equal society. Youth of our generation can feel threat to safety in their daily lives such as gender discrimination in employment, career breaks, sexual harassment at workplaces, and digital sex crimes and are actively demanding improvements. Meanwhile, with the intensification of COVID-19, resulting in unemployment, employment insecurity, and accelerated digital transformation, gender stereotypes and gender inequality issues have risen to the surface as new challenges.

Korean youths are facing difficulties in their daily lives in areas of occupation, housing, and more, in the midst of extremely competitive environments like entrance exams and employment. Fairness and equality are becoming special topics as we suffer from COVID-19. As voices regarding various agendas related to gender equality are raised from the youth, there is a growing need to take into account youths’ voices and seek for alternatives.

In response, the Ministry of Gender Equality and Family of Korea is planning to hold the second “Korea Gender Equality Forum (KGEF)” this November, under the slogan, ‘Gender Equality Paving the Way Towards a Better Future’. Diverse people, including youth, government officials, civil society, and the academia will be gathering to discuss tasks in areas of work, safety, digitalization, fundamental to reducing the difficulties of our society’s youths, and to bridging the gap in gender equality awareness, along with domestic and foreign alternatives. In addition, we are planning to hold a Public Forum in advance to collect opinions from the young and will be introducing them as the ‘Voices of the Youth’ at the main forum.

Countries around the world are receiving demands from the youths that a gender-equal society, where everyone receives both fair and undifferentiated treatment, needs to be achieved, amidst deepening inequality such as employment insecurity and jobs, safety issues threatening daily lives, and transition to digital society. We hope that this Forum will be an opportunity for future generations across borders, generations, and gender, to communicate and to find alternatives in achieving a gender-equal society based on values of fairness, inclusiveness, equality and respect.