Bronze Statues Dedicated to SGI-Korea Women Pioneers
On September 21, two bronze statues titled "Mothers of Kosen-rufu," were unveiled at the Peace Garden in front of the SGI-Korea Headquarters building. SGI Women's Leader Kayoko Asano was among the 130 representatives present. Standing 3 meters tall, the statues are of a woman holding SGI-Korea's organizational newspaper conversing with another woman cradling a baby in her arms. The statues pay tribute to the Soka women and are the creation of renowned Korean artist Moon Hehyun, who spent seven months sculpting them. SGI-Korea General Director Yeo Sang Rak stated that the statues represent the heartfelt appreciation for the arduous struggles of the pioneer women of SGI-Korea who dedicated their lives to creating the organization's foundation. He called on everyone to stand up for the sake of victories and happiness of mothers everywhere.
On September 20, one day prior to the unveiling, national women's leaders converged on the SGI-Korea Headquarters to celebrate September 21, SGI-Korea Day. Following experiences of practicing Nichiren Buddhism by two representatives, SGI-Korea Women's Division Chief Shin Gye Soon called on the 1,500 women present to each challenge to develop her life condition for the sake of advancing peace and harmony in their beloved communities.