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South Korean president elect retreats on anti-feminist pledge to abolish Ministry of Gender Equality

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  • South Korean president-elect Yoon Suk-yeol, who vowed to abolish the Ministry of Gender Equality and Family on his campaign trail, has retracted his promise after human rights groups called the idea “a regression on women’s rights”
  • Yoon’s transition team told reporters on Thursday that his administration intended to maintain the current government structure, although “the pledge [was] still valid.”
  • Yoon’s candidacy was met with heavy criticism from feminist groups after he claimed that South Korean women do not suffer from systemic gender discrimination.
  • He appealed to young, anti-feminist men who claim the country’s women have it too good.

Conservative South Korean president-elect Yoon Suk-yeol, who pledged to abolish the Ministry of Gender Equality and Family on his campaign trail, has retracted his promise after human rights groups called the idea “a regression on women’s rights.”

Ahn Cheol-soo, the People’s Party chairman in charge of Yoon’s transition team, told reporters on Thursday that the administration intended to keep the existing government structure.