“Solidarity is power.” — Lee-Kim Hyun-Sook.
Our #WomenPeaceKorea: A New Era delegation with Women Cross DMZ is well underway— our amazing delegates are on the ground in Seoul with our South Korean partner, Women Peace Walk.
The delegation officially began Tuesday with orientations about the current situation in Korea. Delegates were asked to describe how they felt about this specific political moment on the Korean peninsula—cautiously optimistic, inspired, and hopeful—to name a few.
Today started with an insightful meeting with Senior Advisory Council to the Blue House on Inter-Korean Summit, Lee-Kim Hyun-Sook! She gave a fascinating presentation on Korean women’s peacebuilding from the nineties to the present, and spoke to women’s inclusion in the current peace process.
“If women can sit at the dining table, then we have the right to sit at the negotiating table.” — Lee-Kim Hyun-Sook.
Nobel Peace laureate, Mairead Maguire, and International Coordinator of Women Cross DMZ, Christine Ahn then led a press conference to advocate not only for a peaceful resolution to the Korean conflict, but also for women to be included in the process. Christine also announced the launch of a women-led campaign for a Korean peace treaty by 2020! Watch the press conference here and read our declaration here!
This evening #WomenPeaceKorea held a Women Peace Candle March with feminist activists from around the world, walking for peace in Korea and women’s inclusion in the process. Watch Women Cross DMZ’s Facebook Live streams from the event: Mairead’s speech, words from Erica Fein (Advocacy Director at Win Without War), Medea Benjamin (co-founder of CODEPINK), and scenes from the vigil.
“We have to have hope, and belief, that peace is possible.” — Mairead Maguire.
The march started at Gwanghwamun Square, where the Korean Candlelight Revolution began, and continued to the American and Japanese embassies in Seoul. Women came together and made their message clear — “No war! Yes peace!”
#WOMENPEACEKOREA IN THE NEWS:
Our delegate Rebecca Johnson, writes about the issues with US National Security Advisor, John Bolton’s, “Libya Model” for peace and nuclear disarmament in Korea.
Read more coverage of our press conference yesterday in Seoul.
Read our 2018 Women Peace Walk Declaration with Women Cross DMZ and Women Peace Walk.
Sign our petition to President Moon, Chairman Kim, President Trump, and President Xi to remind them of their countries’ commitments to UN Security Council Resolution 1325 on Women, Peace and Security, and call on them to ensure that women’s movements are included in the Korean peace process.