4.17.2013

[Daegu & Seoul] Volunteer for KUMFA and Single Moms' Day 한국미혼모가족협회 대구지부는 여성 리더십 교육

KGC is happy to support an amazing organization by spreading the word about a great opportunity to volunteer.

Korean Unwed Mothers' Families Association (KUMFA) Daegu Branch Manager Kim Eun Hee has asked for assistance finding local volunteers. The KUMFA Daegu Branch is holding job skill training and other classes for members, and they would like to recruit some volunteers to provide childcare during the classes.
There are also ongoing / weekend volunteer opportunities for KUMFA in Seoul.


한국미혼모가족협회 대구지부는 여성 리더십 교육을 5월 18일부터 실시합니다. 아이들이 어려 엄마들 교육받는 동안 한달에 두번 (첫째주 토요일과 셋째주 토요일) 2시부터 4시까지 아이돌봄을 해주실수 있는 봉사자가 절실히 필요합니다. 대구지부는 활동한지 얼마 안됐지만 정말 열심히 열정적으로 시작하는만큼 우리도 응원하십시오! 일단 5월 18일에 시간 가능하신 분 제게 연락 주세요!

The Daegu branch of KUMFA will begin leadership training on May 18th. Twice a month (first and third Saturday of every month), they need volunteers who will watch the children while moms are in seminars from 2-4pm. The Daegu branch is newly formed, but they are off to a passionate and energetic start. Let's support them in their new endeavor! If you are able to help on the 18th from 2-4, please contact us.

Learn more about KUMFA and SMD in our summary of literature on the topic in English and Korean "Single Moms & Korean Fertility Policy 싱글맘와 한국의의 가족계획."

I first got involved as a childcare volunteer during KUMFA Seoul meetings, but I now volunteer for the Single Mom's Day (SMD) Conference and Human Library Discussion series May 10-11, 2013. SMD is one of KUMFA’s several projects. SMD is a really inspiring collaboration of groups that fight for Korean children's human rights, including: parents whose children were adopted by unethical means; unwed parents who are fighting workplace and social discrimination to raise their children; adult adoptees who campaign for ethical reforms to adoption laws; supporters and volunteers who work to bring policies into the framework of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child.

In order to volunteer for the Daegu Branch, please contact us via the KUMFA Facebook Page or by email at kumfa.volunteer@gmail dot com.

In order to volunteer for the Seoul branch, please join the Facebook Page 
Donations for Single Moms’ Day welcome at TRACK

About Children’s Human Rights & KUMFA:

Korean Unwed Mothers' Families Association (KUMFA) is an organization that works to promote children’s human rights while addressing systemic discrimination. KUMFA advocates for the human rights of unwed pregnant women, unwed mothers and their children in Korea. KUMFA’s goal is to enable Korean women to have sufficient resources and support to keep their babies if they choose, and thrive in Korean society.
 More information is available in this subtitled interview and at the Single Moms’ Day event page. RSVP for the SMD Conference at the National Assembly and for the Human Library discussion at Cafe Dari in Hongdae.  
KUMFA members advocate in a number of important ways, one of which is to address systemic discrimination by “informing people inside and outsideKorea about the factors that pressure unwed mothers to relinquish theirchildren for adoption. Push factors include fathers’ child support obligationsbeing unenforced; lack of adequate social welfare from the Korean government;social discrimination against unwed mothers and their children. Pull factorsinclude the fact that more than half of unwed mothers in facilities are livingin unwed mothers’ shelters that are owned and operated by adoption agencies; amoney-driven international adoption system that does not conform to the UN CRCor the Hague Convention, i.e., it does not respect children’s humans rights.”