BKWS was formed in 2011 by Sylvia Park MBE, after several requests for help were forwarded to Sylvia by the South Korean Embassy in London. A need was identified for a networking and support group for Korean women living in the UK. Worldwide women's groups are known to be a valuable resource for providing help and advice and sharing information like accommodation, administrative, legal and social advice.
The society aims to connect women in the UK who are either of Korean origin, or who have an interest in Korea and its culture through regular meetings and events. See our Member's News page for updates on our current members projects and activities.
Support, Share, Connect. BKWS currently offers an outreach helpline for women who need advice or support here in the U.K. Please contact us if you, or anyone you know could benefit from the Society's contact or support 07802 858 771
Meetings are held monthly (except for months when we have an event planned), to keep the group connected and up to date with the ongoing aims of the society and include the planning of cultural events, as well as a chance to see each other socially.
First tuesday of each month 6.30pm for 7pm start - Members networking meetings at the In and Out Club, 2 St James Square, London *meetings are currently paused for summer recess. Please contact the committee at firstname.lastname@example.org to confirm details of the next meeting
Friday 23rd September - Chuseok celebration dinner at Cah Chi Korean restaurant, Raynes Park Click here for further details
October - BFI film screening TBC
December - Member's Annual Dinner TBC
Membership costs £30 per year and subscriptions run from January 1st to December 31st. Please fill in our form on the Contact Us page to send your enquiry about joining us.
We are also proud to be supporting Korean adoptees living in the UK by providing monthly language and culture seminars run by Han EJ Karmy (SOAS, MA Korean Literature). 3rd Saturday of each month from 3.30pm - 5.30pm at the In and Out club, 2 St James' Square
NEWS... BKWS member Insook Chappell premiered her new play P'Yongyang at the Finborough theatre in January. Insook was our guest speaker at our March member's meeting.
Our guest speaker at the October meeting was Philip Gowman, founder and editor of London Korean Links www.londonkoreanlinks.net . Philip gave our members an entertaining talk on the representation of Korean women in film and literature.
Our guest speaker at our September meeting was Anne Wightman, wife of the former British Ambassador to South Korea 2011-15. She presented a touching talk about her time in Seoul.
2014 ...BKWS is extremely proud to announce that BKWS Chairman Sylvia Park, has been honoured in the Queen's birthday honours list with anMBE, 'for services in strengthening links between the UK and Korea'. We congratulate Sylvia on her amazing achievement and thank her for her continued tireless energy in helping steer BKWS to fulfill our ongoing aims and objectives. See official photographs from the investiture ceremony on our Member's News Page.
Cultural & Social Events are arranged throughout the year by the committee and are a chance to celebrate various aspects of Korean culture. Past events have included celebration dinners for Seollal and Chuseok , networking events, invites to galleries and exhibitions, and tours of the Victoria and Albert Museum, the British Museum as well as invited guest speakers. Some events are for members only, and others welcome friends and family members to join us. See our Meetings & Events page for details as well as photos from past events and future dates for your diaries