How Gloria Steinem & Female Activists Crossed Koreas’ DMZ


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Photo: Associated Press/Ahn Young-Joon

If you’re unfamiliar with the DMZ, know that it stands for Korean Demilitarized Zone – a strip of land running across the Korean Peninsula. At the end of Korean War in 1953, DMZ was established to serve as a buffer zone between North and South Korea. It was created as part of the Korean Armistice Agreement between North Korea, China, and the United Nations Command forces. DMZ is considered the most heavily militarized border in the world.

On Sunday, American feminist and social activist Gloria SteinemLeymah Gbowee of Liberia and Mairead Maguire of Northern Ireland, were joined by women from 15 countries. The group made of 30 international female activists were denied to walk across DMZ but were able to cross by bus. Many called this monumental event a landmark of peace. 

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After the group crossed the demarcation line, United Nations Command officials met the women inside the DMZ and allowed them to walk after the final checkpoint on South Korean side.

According to Associated Press, Steinem, leader for the feminist movement in the late 1960s and early 70s, proudly said: 

We were able to be citizen diplomats. We are feeling very, very positive. We have received an enormous amount of support.

During the march on the North Korean side entering the DMZ, the women carried banners and sang. They were welcomed by groups of media on the South side.  

Source: Time. Additional reporting by Jetset Times. 

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