About Us

The Working Group is comprised of organizations, human rights activists, and experts dedicated to engaging and educating the international community on the grave human rights abuses suffered by North Korean Women. It was founded by Suzanne Scholte, Chairman of the North Korea Freedom Coalition, and Betsy Kawamura, Founder of Women4NonViolence in Peace+Conflict Zones. The main goal of the Working Group is to make North Korean Women’s Rights a mainstream issue at the UN Commission on the Status of Women. Our first event at the CSW was hosted at the US Mission to the United Nations in March 2016. More information can be found at NKWomen.com


Nia Emerson, Co-Chair

Nia Emerson is the Government Relations and Special Projects Coordinator at the human rights organization Jubilee Campaign. Ms. Emerson is active in the North Korea Freedom Coalition. She assisted in bringing the plight of North Korean women to the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women for the first time in history in 2016. Nia co-wrote an article titled Miseries of women, others at DPRK prison camps revealed, published in the Washington Times. Nia earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Global Affairs concentrating on International Development from George Mason University. She assumed the co-chair position of the Working Group on North Korean Women in February 2017.


Jason West, Esq., Co-Chair

Jason WestJason West is an attorney living in Washington, DC. He practices corporate law and is pursuing a Masters of International Law with a focus on Human Rights at the George Washington University Law School. He is a past participant in the Oxford University International Human Rights Law Programme. Mr. West works on North Korean Human Rights with many organizations including the North Korea Freedom Coalition, NKinUSA, the Isabella Foundation, and the Committee for Human Rights in North Korea (HRNK). A life-long student of the social sciences, Jason has always been interested in North Korea. He decided to become more active with the Human Rights movement after meeting a number of defectors in the Washington DC area through his work with various Korean Culture organizations.

West is also the founder of the North Korea Network, an organization dedicated to spreading information about events related to North Korea and East Asian Security and Human Rights in the Washington DC area.