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Jang Chun-sil elected head of N. Korea's major organization for women

All Headlines 10:24 February 02, 2017

SEOUL, Feb. 2 (Yonhap) -- North Korea has replaced the chief of its major women's organization, the Socialist Women's Union of Korea, official media said Thursday.

The North's official Korean Central News Agency reported that Jang Chun-sil has replaced the union's leader Kim Jong-sun the previous day, when the union's enlarged plenary meeting was held in Pyongyang. They did not provide any profile of Jang.

Established as the North Korea Democratic Women's League in November 1945, when Korea was liberated from Japan's 1910-45 colonial rule, the union, affiliated with the ruling Workers Party of Korea, was renamed the Socialist Women's Union of Korea in November last year when it held its first congress in 33 years.

The union restricted the scope of its membership to women aged 30 years or older who do not work outside of home in 1983 when it held its fifth congress, from any women aged 18 or older.

This file photo, dated on April 12, 2016, and released by the Korean Central News Agency, shows members of the North Korea Democratic Women's League holding a meeting in Pyongyang to celebrate the 104th birthday anniversary of the country's late founder and former leader Kim Il-sung. (For Use Only in the Republic of Korea. No Redistribution) (Yonhap)

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