Women Cross DMZ U.S. Congressional Briefing

Tuesday, July 21, 2015, 4 p.m.
U.S. Congress Rayburn House Building 2226


On May 24, 2015, thirty prominent women peacemakers, including two Nobel Peace Laureates, made a historic crossing across the DMZ between North and South Korea calling for an end to the Korean War, family reunification, and women’s peacebuilding. Delegates will share insights and video clips from peace symposia from Pyongyang and Seoul, their walk with thousands of North and South Korean women, and future work.

2015 marks the 70th anniversary of Korea’s arbitrary division into two separate states by the U.S. and former Soviet Union, which precipitated the 1950-53 Korean War. After claiming 4 million lives, including nearly 40,000 U.S. military personnel, North Korea, China, and the United States signed the Armistice Agreement. Although the ceasefire halted the war, without a peace settlement, the Korean War still lives on and the DMZ stands in the way of the reunification of the Korean people and millions of families.

Speakers include:

U.S. Congressman John Conyers, Korean War Veteran

U.S. Congressman Charles B. Rangel, Korean War Veteran

Christine Ahn, International Coordinator, Women Cross DMZ

Abigail Disney, award-winning filmmaker and philanthropist

M. Brinton Lykes, Professor, Boston College

Gloria Steinem, author, activist and Presidential Medal of Freedom recipient

Ann Wright, retired U.S. Army Colonel and diplomat

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