Heisoo Shin

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Heisoo Shin

Heisoo Shin currently serves as a member of the UN Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights. She has been a lifelong advocate of the women’s human rights movement and has substantially contributed to the struggle to end violence against women. A sociologist from the Republic of Korea, Ms. Shin served as an expert on the UN Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women from 2001-2008, and as a commissioner of the National Human Rights Commission in Korea from 2005-2008. She is currently the representative of NGOs, the Korea Center for United Nations Human Rights Policy (KOCUN) and the Movement Against Sexual Exploitation (MASE). Ms. Shin is also an adjunct professor at the Graduate School of International Studies at Ewha Womans University in Seoul. A leader in bringing the issues of sexual slavery and other women’s human rights abuses to the forefront of the international justice agenda, she served for eight years as president of Korea Women’s Hotline, a national organization working on domestic violence. She also worked for fifteen years with the Korean Council for Women Drafted for Military Sexual Slavery by Japan, created to gather information from women forced to serve as sexual slaves by the Japanese military in World War II. Ms. Shin holds a B.A. in English Language and Literature and an M.A. in Sociology from Ewha Womans University, and a Ph.D. from Rutgers University.