Kosovo War survivor of sexual violence awarded 2019 Kim Bok-dong Prize

Vasfije Krasniqi-Goodman is the first survivor of sexual violence during the Kosovo War to publicly share her story without hiding her identity. She was abducted and raped by a Serb police officer when she was only 16 years old.

On June 19, Krasniqi-Goodman stood alongside South Korean activists during the 1,392nd Wednesday Demonstration, a weekly rally held in front of the Japanese Embassy in Seoul to protest Japan’s official stance on the comfort women (sexual slaves under the imperial Japanese military).

To honor her bravery and devotion to human rights, the Council for Justice and Remembrance for the Issues of Military Sexual Slavery by Japan has chosen Krasniqi-Goodman for the 2019 Kim Bok-dong Peace Prize.