WATCH: The Women’s Peacemakers Initiative – A Look Back at a PDF Success Story


The kickoff event in PDF’s 40th Anniversary event series and celebrations!

This event featured a panel of representatives from PDF’s 2017-2019 Women Peacemakers Initiative, including Women for Genuine Security, Women Cross DMZ, Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom and Whose Knowledge?

The Women Peacemakers Initiative culminated in a gathering of eighteen women in San Francisco’s Women’s Building in March of 2019. The women, most of whom led groups fiscally sponsored by PDF, came from many countries, including Japan, Korea, France, India, Burkina Faso, Albania, Brazil, the U.S. and the U.K. Together, they explored what a feminist foreign policy could look like and helped to build a stronger coalition working for peace.

We were joined by:

Christine Ahn, Founder and Executive Director of Women Cross DMZ, a global movement of women mobilizing to end the Korean War and ensure women’s leadership in peace building.

Gwyn Kirk, a founding member of the International Women’s Network Against Militarism, and Women for Genuine Security, the US-based group in that Network.

Adele Vrana is Co-Director and co-founder of Whose Knowledge? a global campaign to center the knowledge of marginalized communities (the majority of the world) on the internet.

Darien De Lu, is US President of Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF), and a peace, justice, and Latin America solidarity activist.