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Dear Friends,
 
As the warmth of summer begins to fade, we’re gearing up for a busy fall.
 
This month, we’re headed to South Korea with feminist icon Gloria Steinem for “Let’s DMZ,” a peace forum to commemorate the first anniversary of the Pyongyang Joint Declaration between the leaders of North Korea and South Korea. In it, the two sides agreed to pursue measures for the purpose of mutual benefit and shared prosperity, and to turn the Korean Peninsula “into a land of peace free from nuclear weapons and nuclear threats.”
 
Steinem and our international delegation of women leaders will lead a session titled “Women Crossing Borders: From the DMZ to the women’s peace movement,” discussing the gender implications of the unresolved Korean War and the role of women and civil society in building peace on the Korean Peninsula. Steinem — who was one of 30 women who crossed the DMZ in 2015, calling for an end to the Korean War — will also deliver one of three keynote speeches at the conference.
 
[The DMZ remains one of the most heavily mined areas in the world. Peace cannot be achieved while a minefield exists between the two Koreas. Listen to Nobel Women’s Initiative’s Liz Bernstein on NPR about the need to remove these invisible weapons.]
Gloria Steinem and Christine Ahn defied naysayers by crossing the DMZ in 2015.
The trip will also be an opportunity for Steinem to connect with the young feminist activists of South Korea, and to connect this powerful movement with the need for peace in Korea. Militarism and the patriarchy are intertwined, of course.
 
Although talks between the United States and North Korea remain at a standstill, it’s crucial that we revive the peace process. Given what we know about how women’s participation leads to more durable peace agreements, it’s clear that women must have a seat at the negotiations table.
 
We continue to push for peace on all fronts, including among members of the U.S. Congress. Last month, we launched a social media campaign to thank U.S. members of Congress for co-sponsoring H.Res. 152, which calls for a formal end to the Korean War and for women and civil society to be involved in the peace process. Urge your Representative to become a #KoreaPeaceChampion here.
 
As part of our efforts to educate candidates on these issues, we also just released a memo on pro-diplomacy, pro-peace principles to guide presidential campaigns on North Korea. Read it here.
 
We’ve got a lot more in the works that we’ll share with you soon. In the meantime, follow our activities with Gloria Steinem in South Korea on TwitterFacebook, and Instagram. Or join one of our regional groups in the U.S. by contacting our U.S. National Organizer Hyun Lee.
 
Onward to peace, 
 
The team at Korea Peace Now!
 
P.S. We’re expanding our team! We’re currently hiring a U.S. National Coordinator for Korea Peace Now! Women Mobilizing to End the War. Although the official deadline has passed, there’s still time to submit your application. Find out more details here.
 
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