Women's Violence Prevention Act (South Korea)

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The Women's Violence Prevention Act (여성폭력방지기본법) is a South Korean law to punish violence against women and to prevent all violence related to women. The law was passed by the National Assembly of Korea in December 2018 and will go into effect on December 25, 2019.

The bill was proposed by the Minjoo Party[note 1] and passed with overwhelming support from LKP lawmakers.


Article 3 of the Bill defines 'women's violence' as "성별에 기반한 여성에 대한 폭력으로-" (violence based on a gender named woman). The law therefore excludes violence against people assigned male at birth and trans people.[note 2]

So... cisgender men and transgender people are not protected by this law. It's not because of gender violence, but because it only punishes violence against cisgender women.

The passing of this law has prompted some young men in their 20s to support the Western MRA and alt-right movements.[note 3] Also, LGBT folks who supported the Minjoo Party withdrew their support and came to support the Justice Party.[note 4]

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  1. To be exact, women's organizations in South Korea first asked the Minjoo Party to make this law.
  2. It would be inconceivable if it were the United States. In South Korea, sexual minorities are not respected much. Of course, gender violence can be met by anyone, especially since sexual minorities are more vulnerable.
  3. Normal young men also withdrew their support for the Minjoo Party and turned to support for the Bareunmirae Party. Of course, there are still young men who support the Minjoo Party. Originally, the main supporters of the Minjoo Party were young people (including men.)
  4. Sexual minority groups and young men have called on women's groups to protect all genders, but mainstream women's groups in South Korea have ignored it.