Who we are

We are women peacemakers from around the world walking for peace in Korea. We are Nobel Peace Laureates, feminist authors, peace activists, human rights lawyers, professors, former parliamentarians, faith leaders, humanitarian aid workers, filmmakers, artists, a retired Army Colonel and a recipient of the U.S. Presidential Medal of Freedom.


Steering Committee

CHRISTINE AHN

International Coordinator

Christine is the founder and International Coordinator of Women Cross DMZ, a global movement of women mobilizing to end the Korean War, reunite families, and ensure women’s leadership in peace building.

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KOZUE AKIBAYASHI

Committee Member

Kozue Akibayashi is a feminist researcher/activist and has worked on issues of gender and peace. She is a professor at Graduate School of Global Studies, Doshisha University in Kyoto, Japan, and a member of Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom.

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AIYOUNG CHOI

Executive Committee Member

Aiyoung Choi is an advocate for gender equality, peaceful conflict resolution, and using art and culture to catalyze progressive social change. She is Chair Emerita of the Korean American Family Service Center, Founding Member of the Asian Women Giving Circle, and an organizational development consultant to nonprofits.

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MERI JOYCE

Committee Member

Meri Joyce is an Australian based in Tokyo with the Japan-based international NGO Peace Boat. As Northeast Asia Regional Liaison Officer for the Global Partnership for the Prevention of Armed Conflict (GPPAC), she coordinates civil society projects for dialogue, peace building, disarmament and peace education in the region.

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GWYN KIRK

Executive Committee Member

Gwyn is a writer, teacher, and organizer. Her co-authored work includes Greenham Women Everywhere, Women’s Lives: Multicultural Perspectives, and Living Along the Fenceline. She is a founder member of Women for Genuine Security, and the International Women’s Network Against Militarism.

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HYE-JUNG PARK

Committee Member

Hye-Jung is a long-time Korea peace and reunification activist who co-founded the Rainbow Women’s Center in New York and Korea Policy Institute. She has made several films with J.T. Takagi, including The Women Outside and North Korea:Beyond the DMZ.

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ANN WRIGHT

Committee Member

Ann is a retired US Army Reserve Colonel and a former US diplomat who resigned in 2003 in opposition to the US war on Iraq. She now works globally with peace and social justice groups. She co-authored “Dissent: Voices of Conscience.”

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NAN KIM, PH.D.

Committee Member

Nan Kim is Associate Professor in the Department of History at the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee, where she is director of the Public History program and coordinator of the Asian Studies program. She is the author of Memory, Reconciliation, and Reunions in South Korea: Crossing the Divide (2017), a recent book about efforts to reunite North-South Korean separated families.

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Delegates

GLORIA STEINEM

Committee Member

Gloria is a writer, lecturer, editor, feminist activist, and recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom. She is a spokesperson for gender equality and works on non-violent conflict resolutions as well as organizing across boundaries for peace and justice and of race, sex, class and caste.

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JANIS ALTON

Delegate

Janis Alton is a long-time activist in the domestic and international peace movement focused on the delegitimization of war, demilitarization, and the inclusion of women directly in all decision-making processes of peace building from conflict prevention to reconstruction.

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MEDEA BENJAMIN

Delegate

Medea is the co-founder of CODE PINK, a women-led peace organization with 250 chapters across the USA. She co-founded Global Exchange, helped form the United for Peace and Justice Coalition, and organized peace delegations to Iraq, Afghanistan, Syria and Palestine.

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DEANN BORSHAY LIEM

Delegate

Deann is a director, producer and distributor of independent documentaries, including First Person Plural,In the Matter of Cha Jung Hee, and Geographies of Kinship – The Korean Adoption Story. She recently produced with Ramsay Liem Memory of Forgotten War.

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HYUN-KYUNG CHUNG

Delegate

Dr. Chung Hyun Kyung is a professor of Interfaith engagement at Union Theological Seminary in New York City. She is an international author, speaker, and activist in the area of interfaith peacemaking, ecofeminism, and women’s spirituality. A Christian theologian and a Buddhist Dharma teacher, she is a councilor of International Interfaith Peace Council.

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JEAN CHUNG

Delegate

Jean Chung is a social activist based in Los Angeles working for peace and reconciliation of two Koreas. For the past few years, she has led Action for One Korea (AOK), a grass-root movement to spread the passion for reunified Korea both in Korean American and Korean society.

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GAY DILLINGHAM

Delegate

Gay founded two environmental companies and a communications firm and has directed/produced award-winning films. She directs the Livingry Foundation and is on the board of Bioneers. In 2010, she traveled with Governor Richardson on a peace-keeping mission to North Korea.

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ABIGAIL DISNEY

Delegate

A filmmaker and philanthropist, Abigail produced Pray the Devil Back to Hell and the PBS mini-series Women, War & Peace. She also founded the Daphne Foundation, Peace is Loud, and co-founded the Gbowee Peace Foundation USA.

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JODIE EVANS

Delegate

Jodie Evans is a longtime peace, environmental, women’s rights and social justice activist. She co-founded CODEPINK and worked for California Governor Jerry Brown. Jodie authored Stop the Next War Now and Twilight of Empire, and produced several Oscar-nominated documentaries.

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LEYMAH GBOWEE

Delegate

2011 Nobel Peace Laureate Leymah Gbowee is a Liberian peace activist, trained social worker and women’s rights advocate. She is founder and President of the Gbowee Peace Foundation Africa. She uses her platform to advocate for human rights, peace, and security.

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ERIKA GUEVARA ROSAS

Delegate

Erika Guevara Rosas is a feminist, Mexican-American human rights lawyer and Director for the Americas at the International Secretariat of Amnesty International. She was the Americas Director at the Global Fund for Women and managed operations at the UN High Commissioner for Refugees.

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PATRICIA GUERRERO

Delegate

Patricia Guerrero is a human rights lawyer and founder of Liga de Mujeres Desplazadas, which advocates for women displaced by Colombia’s armed conflict and reparations in Colombia’s transitional justice process. She advises the International Campaign to Stop Rape and Sexual Violence in Conflict.

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JANE JIN KAISEN

Delegate

Jane is a visual artist and filmmaker based in Copenhagen. She has dealt extensively with legacies of colonialism, war, militarism, transnational adoption and gender. She is the director of films such as Reiterations of Dissent, The Woman, The Orphan, and The Tiger, Island of Stone, and Tracing Trades.

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VANA KIM HANSEN

Delegate

Vana is a spiritual teacher with a PhD in education from Harvard on a mission to create peace and love in the world. A refugee of the Korean War, she has a profound interest in healing the wounds of her motherland.

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MAIREAD MAGUIRE

Delegate

Mairead is a Nobel Peace Prize laureate for her peaceful, nonviolent work on the ethnic/political conflict in Northern Ireland. She organized massive peace demonstrations and began Peace People, since dedicating her life to promoting nonviolence and disarmament around the world.

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LIZA MAZA

Delegate

Liza is a former Philippine congresswoman who co-authored laws on women, including the Anti-Violence against Women and Children Act and the Magna Carta of Women. Liza is Chair Emerita of GABRIELA Women’s Alliance and the International Women’s Alliance, a global coalition of grassroots women’s organizations.

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NETSAI MUSHONGA

Delegate

Netsai Mushonga is a women rights, nonviolence, and peace building activist who worked for ten years as the national coordinator of the Women’s Coalition of Zimbabwe, the network of women’s rights NGOs and individuals across Zimbabwe. She is walking on behalf of the Women Peacemakers Program where she is an International Advisory Council member.

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LISA LINDA NATIVIDAD

Delegate

Lisa Linda Natividad is an Associate Professor in the Division of Social Work at the University of Guam. She is also the President of the Guahan Coalition for Peace and Justice. She has delivered interventions to the United Nations on issues of militarization, colonization, and indigenous peoples’ rights.

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ANN PATTERSON

Delegate

Ann is a renowned peace activist from Northern Ireland and a member of Peace People. She travels worldwide to conflict zones to share insight and experience acquired from Ireland’s peace process of overcoming violence through learning, dialogue and cooperation.

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SUZUYO TAKAZATO

Delegate

Suzuyo founded Okinawa Women Act Against Military Violence and helped create Okinawa’s first rape crisis center to provide hotline and face-to-face counseling to victims of sexual violence. In 1995, her activism led to a large-scale protest by people of Okinawa against US military bases.

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SUZY KIM

Delegate

A professor of Korean history at Rutgers University, Suzy has advocated for human rights and peace in Korea with Minkahyup Human Rights Group, Amnesty International, and the Alliance of Scholars Concerned about Korea. She wrote Everyday Life in the North Korean Revolution, 1945-1950.

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M. BRINTON LYKES

Delegate

Brinton is Professor of Community-Cultural Psychology and Associate Director of the Center for Human Rights and International Justice at Boston College. She works with survivors of war using cultural resources, creative arts and feminist participatory action research methodologies.

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Staff

CHRISTINE AHN

International Coordinator

Christine is the founder and International Coordinator of Women Cross DMZ, a global movement of women mobilizing to end the Korean War, reunite families, and ensure women’s leadership in peace building.

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HYUN LEE

U.S. National Organizer

Hyun Lee is the U.S. National Organizer for the 2020 Women-led Korea Peace Treaty Campaign. She is a writer for ZoominKorea, an online resource for critical news and analysis on peace and democracy in Korea. She is an anti-war activist and organizer who has traveled to both North and South Korea. She is a Korea Policy Institute associate and routinely speaks at national and international conferences as well as webinars and public seminars. Her writings have appeared in Foreign Policy in Focus, Asia-Pacific Journal, and New Left Project, and she has been interviewed by Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting, the Thom Hartmann Show, the Ed Schultz Show, and many other news outlets. Hyun obtained her bachelors and masters degrees from Columbia University. 
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Kathleen Ok-soo Richards

Media and Communications Coordinator

Kathleen Ok-soo Richards is a writer, editor, and former journalist. She spent more than a decade as an editor at alt-weekly publications, including the East Bay Express in Oakland, Calif., and The Stranger in Seattle, Wash. Her writings have also appeared in the San Francisco ChronicleOakland MagazineSF WeeklyHigh Country News, and other publications. She has won awards from the Association of Alternative Newsmedia, the Society of Professional Journalists’ Northern California chapter, and the San Francisco Peninsula Press Club. She began her career as an activist in high school, working at the Women of Color Resource Center in Berkeley, Calif., and later obtained her master’s degree in journalism at UC Berkeley.

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Jacquelyn Wells

Social Media and Admin Coordinator

Jacquelyn Wells is a Korean-American adoptee entrepreneur based in NYC. She is has worked with WCDMZ since 2015, and currently handles social media, and assists with fundraising, outreach, logistics, tech, admin, and website maintenance.

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Margaret Gerhart

Designer

Margaret is a graduate architecture and landscape architecture student at the University of Pennsylvania and graphic and video designer for WCDMZ.

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Volunteers

Tae Lim

Intern

Tae Lim is a graduate engineering student at the University of Michigan studying sustainable energy systems. He received his Bachelors in Astrophysics at the University of California, Berkeley. Tae has been actively participating in Korean social movements since 2008, contributing to the peaceful reunification of Korea as an essential milestone in bringing lasting peace and justice for people in East Asia.

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Heng Liu

Volunteer

Heng Liu is a Junior studying at Wellesley College majoring in Music and Comparative Literature. She is currently doing translations of works between English and Chinese. She is passionate about debate and international affairs. Her future plans include pursuing a PhD program in Comparative Literature, with a focus in East Asian Studies, and becoming involved with global peace initiatives.

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Advisory Board

Charles Armstrong, PhD, Korea Foundation Professor, Columbia University

Coleen Baik, Artist and former Staff Designer, Twitter

Marie Berry, Assistant Professor, University of Denver, USA

Bruce Cumings, PhD, Professor, University of Chicago

Wendi Deetz, Global Fund for Women

Cynthia Enloe, PhD, Professor, Clark University

Eve Ensler, Playwright and Founder of V-Day

Isabelle Geukens, Women Peace Maker Program, Netherlands

Kevin Gray, Lecturer, University of Sussex, United Kingdom

Peter Hayes, PhD, Nautilus Institute

Victor Hsu, Presbyterian Church, Taiwan

Eleana Kim, PhD, Professor, University of California, Irvine

Nam-hee Lee, PhD, Professor, University of California, Los Angeles

Sung-ok Lee, Assistant General Secretary, United Methodist Women

Jay Song, Senior Lecturer, University of Melbourne, Australia

Alice Walker, Author and Activist

Cora Weiss, President, Hague Appeal for Peace

Women Cross DMZ