(The Next Women Business Magazine) The Story of Nobel Peace Prize Nominee Geum-Soon Yoon, A Woman Farmer
Geum-Soon Yoon, President of the Korean Women's Peasant Association (KWPA), has been a pioneer in a time and culture that has traditionally not given a voice to women or farmers – let alone a woman farmer. This week, the KWPA won the prestigious Food Sovereignty award.
Geum-Soon Yoon and KWPA fight in the name of South Korean peasants. They have made their mark not only on the rice fields, but their courage has seen them lobby at the World Trade Organization and contribute to free trade agreements with the USA and EU. In 2005, Geum-Soon Yoon was one of the 1000 women nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize.
Geum-Soon Yoon experienced the times when South Korea opened up the agricultural market. International engagement, particularly the USA, set industrial growth targets and often turned farming land into factory sites.