Our next steps…
Building A Sustainable and Effective Organization
2017 and Beyond
On September 8-10, 2016, WCDMZ’s Steering Committee held a strategic planning retreat in Southold, New York to outline our next steps. With the help of Helen Kim, an organizational development and movement-building consultant, we clarified our mission, agreed on core strategies, identified priorities, established decision-making structures and processes, and renewed our commitment to building WCDMZ to achieve our goals.
2017 Proposed Activities and Timeline
At our planning retreat, the Steering Committee outlined the following actions for 2017:
- Organize educational events at the UN, U.S. Congress, colleges, universities, churches, synagogues, and other centers of influence.
- Organize educational webinars on women’s peace building and critical issues for peace on the Korea peninsula.
- Grow our community for greater impact and sustainability, including creating a roster of women experts who can write and speak on these issues in the media.
- Convene Korea Peace Network trust-building gathering among disparate groups working on people-to-people engagement on the Korean peninsula, such as Coalition of Families of Cold War/Korean War Veterans and Divided Families Coalition.
- Organize a daylong conference on Gender and Peacebuilding with the Global Affairs Institute at Rutgers University, New Jersey.
- Organize strategy meeting and educational events during the UN Commission on the Status of Women, including panel on “The Costs of Korean War: Gendered Impacts on Women’s Security in the Region” with women from South Korea, Japan, and United States.
- Convene a Northeast Asia Women’s Peace and Security Working Group with key national, regional and international organizations to help formulate policy recommendations to resolve Korean conflict.
- Continue to work with the Korea Peace Network and bring together diverse groups for a National Day of Advocacy in Washington to promote U.S. policies to normalize US-DPRK relations.
- Increase the number of WCDMZ volunteers and activists.
The Korean War is the longest unresolved war in modern history. It can, and must, end. And as the two Nobel Peace Laureates who traveled with us have demonstrated, women can play a central role in ending violence and conflict when governments and politicians cannot. We are resolved to pursuing and expanding women’s leadership in establishing peace in Korea.
We need your help in accomplishing these goals. Our work is possible only because there is a strong movement of people like you who will continue to believe in and support us. Help support this important movement by making a generous contribution today and inviting us to speak in your community. We promise you the satisfaction of helping to end the longest war.