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Korean Female Freedom Fighters To Receive Order Of Merit For National Foundation

By March 3, 2017 at 3:04 am
Koreans during the Japanese Occupation (Photo : Getty Images)

Six female freedom fighters who led the battle for Korea independence movement along with 37 others will be awarded the Order of Merit for National Foundation posthumously. The said awarding will be held on Wednesday which is in time for the celebration of the March 1 Independence Movement.

According to the Ministry of Patriots and Veteran Affairs, the six female independence fighters include Oh Geon-hae, Kim Soo-Hyun, Kim Byeong-in, Lee Sook-jin and Yoon Yong-Ja. The other patriotic martyrs, as well as other independence fighters, will also receive the honor because of their significant participation in the 1919 Independence Movement when the Japanese invaded the country from 1910-1945.

The above-mentioned honorees and female freedom fighters were able to put up a women's independence movement organization as per Korea Times. The said body was called the Korea Revolutionary Women's Alliance which was established in June 1940 in Chongqing, China. That organization and formation were the starts of the independence movement and their fight for freedom.

Some of these women were a wife of well-known persona in some popular organizations in Korea. Lee was the wife of Cho Seong-hwan who is a member of the Republic of Korea government-in-exile. On the other hand, Yoon was the wife of the commander-in-chief of the Korean Liberation Army, General Ji Cheong-cheon.

The organization which was instituted by these women mainly supported the independence movement of the provisional government. Apart from this, it also helped in some of the educational activities of the government and some bodies.

Apart from these women who fought for Korean independence, Maria Hwang will also be honored with the Order of Merit for National Foundation. She is the leader of the Korea Women's Relief Society, an organization that led the independence movement in Hawaii which started last 1919.

Maria Hwang likewise raised money for the provisional government in China as well as the Liberation Army in Manchuria and China. Moreover, she also gave money and funds for the families whose members were injured or were killed during the March 1 movement.

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