More girl statues symbolizing the victims of Japan’s wartime sexual enslavement will be erected across Seoul to mark the nation’s Independence Day, which falls on August 15th.
According to the Seoul city government on Friday, girl statues stand in nine regions around the capital city as of now and the number will rise to eleven when two more districts erect statues on Independence Day.
Despite their differences in size and shape, all the statues were established with voluntary donations by the general public, including students.
The first girl statue was set up in front of the Japanese embassy in Seoul in December 2011, marking the one-thousandth "Wednesday rally" by wartime sexual slavery victims and their supporters.
The monument was first called “the Memorial of Peace” but the name was changed to “Girl Statue for Peace,” placing an emphasis on its property as artwork to avoid legal disputes.