2015 women’s walk for peace in Korea
On May 24, 2015, thirty international women peacemakers from around the world will walk with Korean women, north and south, to call for an end to the Korean War and for a new beginning for a reunified Korea. We will hold international peace symposiums in Pyongyang and Seoul where we can listen to Korean women and share our experiences and ideas of mobilizing women to bring an end to violent conflict. Our hope is to cross the 2-mile wide De-Militarized Zone (DMZ) that separates millions of Korean families as a symbolic act of peace.
2015 marks the 70th anniversary of Korea’s division into two separate states by Cold War powers, which precipitated the 1950-53 Korean War. After nearly 4 million people were killed, mostly Korean civilians, fighting was halted when North Korea, China, and the United States representing the UN Command signed a ceasefire agreement. They promised within three months to sign a peace treaty; over 60 years later, we’re still waiting.
Meanwhile, thousands of Korean elders die every year waiting on a government list to see their children or siblings after being separated by the DMZ. In North Korea, crippling sanctions against the government make it difficult for ordinary people to access the basics needed for survival. The unresolved Korean conflict gives all governments in the region justification to further militarize and prepare for war, depriving funds for schools, hospitals, and the welfare of the people and the environment. That’s why women are walking for peace, to reunite families, and end the state of war in Korea.
North and South Korea have given their conditional approval for the 2015 peace walk http://t.co/lRt7M8S8V0— WomenCrossDMZ (@WomenCrossDMZ) April 25, 2015
- 4M people died in the Korean War of 1950-53, most of them Korean civilians.
- 10M families are still separated by the DMZ.
- 70M Koreans live in a state of war due to unresolved onflict.
- 60+ YRS after the war ended with a temporary cease-fire agreement, we’re still waiting for a peace treaty.
- $1T is spent by USA, China, Russia, Japan, and South Korea on militarization, fueled by unresolved conflicts.
- Wendi Deetz, Global Fund for Women
- Eve Ensler, Playwright and Founder of V-Day, USA
- Nam-hee Lee, PhD, Professor, University of California, Los Angeles
- Governor Bill Richardson, former Governor New Mexico, United States
- Alice Walker, Author and Activist
- Marilyn Young, PhD, Professor, New York University