Korea Peace Now! Women Mobilizing to End the War is a global campaign to educate, organize and advocate for a Korea peace agreement by 2020. We are a growing movement of civil society organizations working for an end to war and lasting peace on the Korean Peninsula. Women Cross DMZ, Nobel Women’s Initiative, Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF) and the Korean Women’s Movement for Peace officially launched the campaign in March 2019.
By the end of 2020, the campaign aims to have made significant headway toward:
1. Peace-building process including a formal ending of the Korean War, a Korea peace treaty or agreement, and normalized relations.
2. Tangible de-militarization including denuclearization, removal of landmines, and reduction of bases/troops.
3. Women’s leadership and gender-based analysis (government and civil society) in peace processes.
4. Lift broad-based sanctions against North Korea, especially those impacting humanitarian conditions.
5. Redefine security from national security based on war and militarism to a feminist understanding of security centered on basic human needs and ecological sustainability.
Women Cross DMZ is a global movement of women mobilizing to end the Korean War, reunite families, and ensure women’s leadership in peace-building through education, advocacy and organizing. In 2015, on the 70th anniversary of Korea’s division, Women Cross DMZ led thirty women peacemakers from 15 countries on a women’s peace walk with 10,000 Korean women and a historic crossing of the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) from North to South Korea.
Established in 1915, Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF) brings together women from around the world who are united in working for peace by non-violent means. Its main goals are to redefine security, leverage feminist perspectives on peace, and promote socioeconomic justice. WILPF is the longest standing women’s peace organization in the world.
Korean Women’s Movement for Peace is a newly formed national coalition that works to collect grassroots women’s voices to advocate for peace, gender equality, and a world without war; educate and empower women and girls; and develop solidarity with women peacemakers, experts, and other partners at all levels. Korean Women’s Movement for Peace was founded by the Korea Women’s Association United, Women Making Peace, National YWCA of Korea, and Korea Women’s Alliance to work internationally.