"March 8 is International Women’s Day, a day that helps nations celebrate the elimination of discrimination against women.
Listen to Cheryl Diaz Meyer, a Pulitzer Prize-winning photojournalist, as she shares intimate details of and the inspiration
for her recent project with NPR that shines a light on the last living “Comfort Women” of the Philippines.
The “Comfort Women” story was supported by the Pulitzer Center and the Yunghi Kim Grant. To learn more about Diaz Meyer, her work, and future exhibits, visit her website. View her photos and read the NPR article on the last living “Comfort Women” of the Philippines.
Filipina 'Comfort Women'
Photos by Cheryl Diaz Meyer
All over the Philippines, in grandiose mansions, schools, hospitals — churches even — women and girls were systematically raped and tortured in military brothels, some as young as 8 years old, as part of Japan’s effort to keep the Japanese Imperial Army soldiers from rebelling during World War II. Assaulted by up to 30 men daily, three quarters of the women did not survive their abuse. Of the estimated 1,000 "Comfort Women" in the Philippines, some 40 are still living. Most are physically frail, and some have succumbed to dementia. These portraits and quiet moments capture a story of survivors.