December 4-6, 2018
Beijing, People’s Republic of China
Women peacemakers came together in December 2018 in Beijing to support the Korea peace process and to demand that women have a seat at the peace negotiations’ table. Given the critical window for diplomacy, the Roundtable on Women, Peace and Security in Northeast Asia brought together 30 women, including from North and South Korea, the United States, China, Japan, Russia and Canada, to ensure that progress is made towards peace on the Korean Peninsula.
“Women recognize the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity this diplomatic process presents to finally end the 70-year Korean War, which has not just plagued the Korean people but has led to the massive militarization of the Northeast Asia region,” said Christine Ahn, founder and international coordinator of Women Cross DMZ.
The historic Roundtable, co-convened by the Nobel Women’s Initiative, Women Cross DMZ and the Korean Women’s Movement for Peace, helped build and strengthen relationships between the women peacemakers, particularly those from the Korean Peninsula and the countries that participated in the 1950-1953 Korean War. The delegates shared skills and experiences on women and peace, and called for the inclusion of women in the official Korea peace process. The women, also, discussed collective actions and strategies for advancing peace on the Korean Peninsula and for creating peace mechanisms for the Northeast Asia region.