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The Women Who Walked for Peace, Now Write for Peace to End the Korean War

The Women Who Walked for Peace, Now Write for Peace to End the Korean War

In 2015, a group of female leaders known as Women Cross De-Militarize the Zone peacefully walked across the line separating North and South Korea.

"The idea for the peace walk emerged from a dream I had of families embracing one another, elderly Korean mothers clutching their grown children they had not seen in over 60 years," said founder of Women Cross DMZ, Christine Ahn.

The women at the time, including MAKER, Gloria Steinem, were protesting the ongoing 63-year conflict.

A year later, these women continue efforts to wage peace. More than 130 women activists from 38 countries, all apart of Women Cross DMZ and the Women's International League for Peace and Freedom, signed an open letter to United Nations Secretary General, Ban Ki-moon, insisting that he fulfill a goal they feel is long overdue: a permanent peace treaty that would end the Korean War.

The letter's signatories suggest he "lead the process of bringing formal closure to the longest standing war before you leave your post at the United Nations."

Ban is rumored to run for president of South Korea after he leaves the U.N. The year 2018 marks the 70th anniversary of the Korean Peninsula's division into two states.

"It's important that women in particular initiate and pursuit peace efforts," Steinem said in an interview on the group's website.

Among those who signed the letter with Steinem are filmmaker Abigail Disney, playwright Eve Ensler, and Nobel Peace Prize laureate Leymah Gbowee

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