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People Power for Peace in the Korean Peninsula

The world watched as Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un completed their summit in Singapore, a historic first meeting that resulted in an already hotly debated outcome document.

Among the items listed in that document are calls for new relations between the United States and North Korea, for lasting peace in the Korean peninsula and for complete denuclearization. 

There is a long way to go before these promises on paper can be made meaningful. For example, Trump has shown an overt commitment to a doctrine of “permanent destabilization” and has appointed known war hawks to powerful positions in his cabinet. This presents a clear call to action to people of conscience dedicated to peace: we must keep up the pressure.

We know that lasting peace requires a commitment to diplomacy and the pressure generated by people’s peace movements – and that women peacebuilders are crucial. In recent years, people mobilized in South Korea to press for democratic and transparent government. Now, women are leading the way in organizing people, in the two Koreas and around the world, to call for a lasting peace and an end to nuclear threats.

MADRE Executive Director Yifat Susskind recently returned from an international women’s delegation to South Korea, where she joined 30 women from more than 15 countries to strengthen the pressure for peace. Click here to learn more.

June 12, 2018