Purpose of the Statue


SFAC San Francisco Arts Commission

Steven Whyte
American b. England 1969

gComfort Womenh Column of Strength

gOur worst fear is that our painful history during World War II will be forgotten.h
---------- former gComfort Womenh

This monument bears witness to the suffering of hundreds of thousands of women and girls, euphemistically called gComfort Women,h who were sexually enslaved by the Japanese Imperial Armed Forces in thirteen Asia-Pacific countries from 1931 to 1945. Most of these women died during their wartime captivity. This dark history was hidden for decades until the 1990s when the survivors courageously broke their silence. They helped move the world to declare that sexual violence as a strategy of war is a crime against humanity for which governments must be held accountable.

This memorial is dedicated to the memory of these women, and to eradicating sexual violence and sex trafficking throughout the world.

Gift of the gComfort Womenh Justice Coalition
Collection of the City and County of San Francisco

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