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To be able to present my paper in an international convention is a noteworthy accomplishment especially for a Filipino government employee such as myself. This will bring honor not only to me but as well as to our organization, the Philippine High School for the Arts.
The issue of military sexual slavery during the Japanese occupation of the Philippines in World War II remains a hurtful part of the Philippine history. To date, the remaining Filipino comfort women are still demanding reparation and apology from the Japanese government. Hence, I believe that efforts such as the conduct of studies on the lives of these women or creating documentaries about their lives during and after WWII are contributory factors that help in raising public awareness about the consequences of sexual abuse against women. For me, it taps into more compelling issues and concerns such as violence against women and/or gender inequality.
Moreover, these wartime survivors reflect a positive attribute that is akin to resilience, which is a rather fascinating trait that a human being could possess. Questions such as is this particular trait innate or not or what is that something that keeps a person from wanting to live despite having gone through a very horrendous experience, always come into my mind; this is why I am very passionate about learning about these women.
I have submitted the abstract of my paper entitled: The Filipino Comfort Women, Life Beyond the War: A Phenomenological Analysis at the Athens Institute for Education and Research (ATINER) and fortunately, it was accepted for an oral presentation to the 4th Annual International Conference on Social Sciences to be held in Athens, Greece on July 24-27, 2016. As such, I need to raise at least 3000 US Dollars to cover for the registration fee and travelling expenses such as airfare and accommodation.
Thank you for taking time in reading my campaign. I am hoping that some form of opportunity for me to go to Athens next year will present itself through your kind assistance.