Note sent it by Karmila Jusup
Women Peace Walk in Paju is the one of the program from the International Peace Movement in partnership Women Cross DMZ with the Nobel Women’s Initiative and the Women’s Peace Walk, a coalition of more than 30 women’s peace organizations in South Korea, an international delegation of thirty seasoned feminist peace activists from across the world, representing peace movements based in Canada, China, Colombia, Guam, Hawaii, Iraq, Israel, Japan, Kenya, Mongolia, Navajo Nation, Northern Ireland, Philippines, Russia, Sweden, United Kingdom, and the United States. As a global community, they have a responsibility to help on finally bring an end to the Korean War. The Korean people need a global solidarity at this critical time, and women’s peace movements will be working together to see through a Peace Treaty that formally ends the Korean War and ensure women’s inclusion in the peace process to build a just and feminist postwar Korea.
You Young Nim as representative of Durebang Center Korea dan and Karmila Jusup from Pasundan – Durebang Indonesia came together with more than 1.200 women peace and human right activist joined at “Women’s Peace Walk in Paju” on Saturday, May 26, 2018. We crossed the Unification Bridge in Paju, a total of 5.5 kms.
Women’s Peace Walk Declaration
We are here today, as Korean women and thirty women security experts, peace activists and women’s rights organizations from around the world, to support the Korean peace process and to call for women’s full inclusion.
Reaffirming the Panmunjeom Declaration of April 27, 2018, we are here in South Korea at this critical moment in hope that upcoming talks will be successful in leading to peace on the Korean Peninsula and around the world. For this purpose, we call for the restart of the inter-Korean talks, and for the successful convening of the upcoming US-DPRK Summit.
Towards this goal, we call for:
- The official end of the Korean War by replacing the 1953 Armistice Agreement with a peace treaty. This should be the clear goal of the upcoming US-DPRK Summit, and is a necessary first step to move forward.
- A nuclear-free Korean Peninsula, and for this to be extended globally to all states, including the nuclear weapon states of the United States, Russia, the United Kingdom, France, China, India, Pakistan and Israel.
- The guarantee of full and equal participation of women in the Korean peace process, as stated in UN Security Council Resolution 1325.
- The Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) to be converted into a truly de-militarized zone of peace, by removing the 1.2 million landmines and the barbed wire fences that separate the Korean people.
- An expedited civilian exchange between the two Koreas and the immediate reunion of separated families.
- The enforcement of prohibitions against wartime violence against women and girls in all countries, and justice for the “comfort women” who survived sexual slavery during WWII.
- An end to sanctions that harm innocent civilians, and instead maximum diplomatic and humanitarian engagement that will improve ordinary people’s lives.
- A reduction in military budgets and an end to the arms race, and funds redirected to improving women’s human security and environmental protection.