An international group of women are planning to walk across the 155-mile “demilitarized zone” that currently divides North And South Korea. The International Peacemakers’ Walk for Peace was announced this week, and its participants are hoping to open a dialogue for peace in Korea.
The march is organized by “Women De-Militarize the Zone” an organization formed by peace activist and writer Christine Ahn.
“The DMZ continues to divide the Korean peninsula with recurring tensions that serve as a sobering reminder of the possibility of renewed war,” Ahn said.
Nobel Peace Laureate Mairead Corrigan Maguire, philanthropist Abigail Disney, human rights lawyer Patricia Guerrero, Liberian peace activist Leymah Gbowee and author Gloria Steinem are helping to organize the effort with a number of other activists from groups like CODEPINK.
According to a statement from the group:
On May 24, 2015, 30 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.
You can keep up with the status of the march at the main website, WomenCrossDMZ.
John Vibes writes for True Activist and is an author, researcher and investigative journalist who takes a special interest in the counter culture and the drug war.