Since 1998, the government of Korea pays special attention to gender issues in the political level. The Presidential Commission for Women’s Affairs in charge of women’s engagement in politics was also established in that year. Furthermore, the Ministry of Gender Equality & Familiy(MOGEF) was established in 2001 to eliminate any forms of discrimination and violence against women, to facilitate gender mainstreaming in the government, to ensure gender-equal participation and a fair share of responsibilities, to assistant women’s capacity-building, and to enhance women’s leadership in Korean society.
The gender-related national machineries in Korea are very effectives in endorsing policies for women’s welfare as a whole. For instance, the Women's Development Act enforced in 1995 is aiming at addressing issues on gender policy. The Special Act for the Punishment in Cases Involving Domestic Violence and the Act for the Prevention of Domestic Violence and Victim Protection were enforced in 1997, bringing domestic violence to the spotlight and further providing protection of victims and requiring the offenders responsible for their behaviors. The Gender Discrimination Prevention and Relief Act enforced in February 1999 donated MOGE the authority to investigate gender discrimination cases and to prescribe corrective measures. The Assistance for Women's Enterprises Act enforced in 1999 as well encourages central and local governments to provide practical plans to support women's business activities, and the Women's Enterprise Promotion Committee and the Korean Women Entrepreneurs Association was thus set up. As to the Equal Employment Act revised in 1999, it prohibits gender discrimination and sexual harassment in the workplace. Further details are available at http://www.mogef.go.kr/english/index.jsp
- Asian Women's Resource Exchange(AWORC)
- Korea eGovernment
- UNDP Korea