GA WAND joins Global Women’s Call on Trump Administration: Engage in Diplomacy to Avert War in Korea

peace_in_north_korea_classic_round_sticker-r4d57792b02064a28bd040828857d6d67_v9waf_8byvr_324As the White House convenes 100 Senators to discuss action on North Korea,  Georgia WAND has joined women leaders from over 40 countries, including North Korea and South Korea, to call on the Trump Administration to initiate a peace process to ratchet down the rapidly escalating military tensions that could engulf the entire region in nuclear war.

Georgia WAND has signed on a letter with international woman led organizations, calling on President Trump to take steps now to formally end the Korean War with a peace treaty, which would lead to greater security in Korea and globally by countering the escalating militarization in the region and the proliferation of nuclear weapons.

Read more about the letter: Link to New York Times article.

Read the Letter to President Trump: Link to Letter.



Letter Text:

President Donald Trump, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson , Secretary of Defense James Mattis McMaster, National Security Council

April 26, 2017

Dear President Trump:

We are women leaders from over 40 countries, including the Republic of Korea (ROK) and Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK), and many from nations that fought in the Korean War. We are from academia, business, civil society and the military, and represent a diversity of ethnicities, nationalities, religions, and political views. We are united by our belief that diplomacy is the only way to resolve the nuclear crisis and threat of war now facing  the Korean peninsula.

On July 27, 1953, leaders from the United States, Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, and China signed the Armistice Agreement to halt the Korean War. They promised to re-convene within three months to replace the ceasefire with a binding peace agreement. This never occurred and an entrenched state of war has ever since defined inter-Korean and U.S.-D.P.R.K. relations. This war must end.

Korea is the only nation to remain divided as a result of WWII. For three generations, millions of families have been separated by the world’s most militarized border. We urge you to do the following to avert war in Korea and   bring about a long-desired peace on the peninsula:

  1. Negotiate a freeze of North Korea’s nuclear and long-range ballistic program in exchange for a S. security guarantee that would include suspending U.S.-South Korea military exercises.
  2. Initiate a peace process with North Korea, South Korea and China to replace the 1953 Armistice Agreement with a binding peace treaty to end the Korean Women must be significantly represented in the peace process in accordance with the spirit of UNSCR 1325.
  3. Support citizen diplomacy to heal the legacies of the Korean War by establishing a liaison office in Washington and Pyongyang to facilitate retrieval of S. Korean War servicemen’s remains and Korean- American family reunions.

Since 1950, the Korean peninsula has been threatened with nuclear weapons, missile tests, and military exercises that have only served to make 75 million Korean people less secure. In the United States and on both sides of the Korean De-Militarized Zone, the absence of a binding peace accord fuels fear and economic deprivation caused by diverting public resources in preparation for war, including deploying the controversial THAAD missile defense system in South Korea. This endless militarization must stop.

Peace is the most powerful deterrent of all. We urge you to take steps now to help formally end the Korean War with a peace treaty. Doing so would lead to greater peace and security for the Korean peninsula and region and halt the proliferation of nuclear weapons. We look to you to accomplish what successive U.S. Presidents have failed to do for seven decades: establish peace on the Korean peninsula.

Sincerely Yours,

  1. Abigail Disney, USA, Filmmaker and Philanthropist
  2. Aimee Alison, USA, President Democracy in Color
  3. Aiyoung Choi, USA, Steering Committee Member, Women Cross DMZ
  4. Alana Price, USA, Editor of Truthout
  5. Alice Slater, USA, Coordinating Committee Member, World Beyond War
  6. Alice Walker, USA, Author and Activist
  7. Alicia Garza, USA, National Domestic Workers Alliance and Black Lives Matter
  8. Amina Mama, Nigeria/USA, Professor, University of California, Davis
  9. Amira Ali, Ethiopia, Author and Activist
  10. Ana Oliveira, USA, Philanthropist
  11. Anasuya Sengupta, India, Feminist author and activist, co-founder Whose Voices?
  12. Angela Chung, USA, Attorney and Human Rights Activist
  13. Angela Davis, USA, Professor, University of California, Santa Cruz
  1. Ani DiFranco, USA, Singer, Songwriter, Poet, Multi-instrumentalist & Businesswoman
  2. Annabel Park, USA, Filmmaker
  3. Ann Frisch, USA, Professor Emerita University of Wisconsin Rotary Club of White Bear Lake, 5960
  4. Anne Delaney, USA, Artist and Philanthropist
  5. Anuradha Mittal, USA, Executive Director, Oakland Institute
  6. Ann Patterson, Northern Ireland, Peace People
  7. Ann Wright, USA, Retired US Army Colonel & Diplomat
  8. Anne Beldo, Norway, Lawyer and Partner of Hegg & Law Firm
  9. Annette Groth, Germany, Member of Bundestag
  10. Annie Isabel Fukushima, USA, Professor, University of Utah
  11. Audrey McLaughlin, Canada, Former President, Socialist International Women
  12. Becky Rafter, USA, Executive Director, Georgia Women’s Action for New Directions (WAND)
  13. Betty Burkes, USA, Cambridge Insight Meditation Center
  14. Betty Reardon, USA, Founding Director of the International Institute on Peace Education
  15. Bridget Burns, Co-Director, Women’s Environment and Development Organization (WEDO)
  16. Brinton Lykes, USA, Professor, Boston College
  17. Caitlin Kee, USA, Attorney, Thomson-Reuters
  18. Carrie Menkel-Meadow, USA, Chancellor’s Professor of Law, University of California Irvine Law School
  19. Catherine Christie, Canada, United Church Canada
  20. Catherine Hoffman, USA, Coordinator, Cambridge Restorative Justice Working Group
  21. Carter McKenzie, USA, Springfield-Eugene Chapter of Showing Up for Racial Justice
  22. Charlotte Wiktorsson, Sweden, Swedish Physicians Against War
  23. Christine Ahn, USA, International Coordinator, Women Cross DMZ
  24. Christine Cordero, USA, Center for Story-based Strategy
  25. Chung-Wha Hong, USA, Executive Director, Grassroots International
  26. Cindy Wiesner, USA, Grassroots Global Justice Alliance National Coordinator
  27. Clare Bayard, USA, Catalyst Project
  28. Coleen Baik, USA, Twitter @Design Alumna
  29. Cora Weiss, USA, President, Hague Appeal for Peace
  30. Corazon Valdez Fabros, Philippines, Co-Vice President, International Peace Bureau
  31. Cynda Collins Arsenault, USA, Philanthropist, Secure World Foundation
  32. Cynthia Enloe, USA, Professor, Clark University
  33. Darakshan Raja, USA, Executive Director, Washington Peace Center
  34. Deann Borshay Liem, USA, Filmmaker
  35. Don Mee Choi, USA, Poet & Translator, International Women’s Network Against Militarism
  36. Dorchen Leidholdt, USA, Attorney, Professor, Feminist
  37. Dorothy Ogle, USA, National Council of Churches
  38. Dorothy Solinger, USA, Professor Emerita, University of California, Irvine
  39. Ekaterina Zagladina, Russia, Permanent Secretariat, Nobel Peace Summit
  40. Elaine Kim, USA, Professor, University of California, Berkeley
  41. Eleana Kim, Professor, Department of Anthropology, University of California, Irvine
  42. Eleanor Blomstrom, Co-Director, Women’s Environment and Development Organization (WEDO)
  43. Ellen Carol DuBois, Professor, History and Gender Studies, University of California, Los Angeles
  44. Ellen-Rae Cachola, USA, Women’s Voices Women Speak
  45. Emilia Castro, Canada, Co-Representative of Committee, Americas Region, World March of Women
  46. Eunice How, USA, Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance, AFL-CIO, Seattle chapter
  47. Eve Ensler, USA, Playwright
  48. Ewa Eriksson Fortier, Sweden, Humanitarian Aid Worker
  49. Faye Leone, USA, Writer and Editor, International Institute for Sustainable Development
  50. Fenna ten Berge, Netherlands, Director of Muslims for Progressive Values
  51. Fiona Dove, Netherlands, Executive Director, Transnational Institute
  52. Fragkiska Megaloudi, Greece, Journalist
  53. Frances Kissling, USA, University of Pennsylvania; former President, Catholics for Choice
  54. Francisca de Haan, Netherlands, Professor, Central European University
  55. Gabriela Zapata Alvarez, Mexico, Consultative Group to Assist the Poor
  56. Gay Dillingham, USA, Filmmaker, Former Advisor to Governor Bill Richardson
  57. Gayle Wells, USA, Business owner
  1. Glenda Paige, USA, Secretary, Governing Council, Center for Global Nonkilling
  2. Gloria Steinem, USA, Writer and Activist, Presidential Medal of Freedom Awardee
  3. Grace Cho, USA, Professor, College of Staten Island, City University of New York
  4. Gwen Kim, USA, Ohana Koa, Nuclear Free and Independent Hawaii
  5. Gwyn Kirk, USA, Women for Genuine Security
  6. Haeyoung Yoon, USA, human rights lawyer
  7. Hazel Smith, United Kingdom, Professor, University of Central Lancashire
  8. Helen Caldicott, Australia, Founding President of Physicians for Social Responsibility
  9. Helena Wong, USA, S. National Organizer, World March of Women
  10. Hope Cristobal, Guam, Former Senator
  11. Hye-Jung Park, USA, Filmmaker, Community Media Activist
  12. Hyaeweol Choi, Australia, Professor, Australian National University
  13. Hyunju Bae, Republic of Korea, Central and Executive Committee, World Council of Churches
  14. Ingeborg Breines, Norway, Co-President, International Peace Bureau; former Director UNESCO
  15. Isabella Sargsyan, Armenia, Helsinki Citizens’ Assembly
  16. Isabelle Geukens, Netherlands, Executive Director, Women Peacemakers Program
  17. Jaana Rehnstrom, Finland, President, KOTA Alliance
  18. Jackie Cabasso, USA, S. Mayors for Peace
  19. Jacquelyn Wells, USA, Women Cross DMZ
  20. Jacqui True, Australia, Professor, Monash University
  21. Jane Chung-Do, Professor, University of Hawaii Manoa
  22. Jane Jin Kaisen, Denmark, Artist and Filmmaker
  23. Janis Alton, Canada, Co-Chair, Canadian Voice of Women for Peace
  24. Jasmine Galace, Philippines, The Center for Peace Education, Miriam College
  25. Jean Chung, Republic of Korea/USA, Founder, Action for One Korea
  26. Jennifer Kwon-Dobbs, USA, Professor, Olaf College
  27. Ji-yeon Yuh, USA, Associate Professor of History, Northwestern University
  28. Joanne Yoon Fukumoto, USA, Trinity United Methodist Church
  29. Jodie Evans, USA, Co-founder, Code Pink
  30. Joy Dunsheath, New Zealand, President, United Nations Association New Zealand Judith LeBlanc, USA, Director, Native Organizers Alliance
  31. Judy Hatcher, USA, Executive Director, Pesticide Action Network North America
  32. Judy Rebick, Canada, Former President, National Action Committee on the Status of Women Julie Young, USA, Board Chair, Korean American Story

105.Justine Kwachu Kumche, Cameroon, Executive Director, Women in Alternative Action—WAA

106.Kate Dewes, New Zealand, Former Member of United Nations Secretary General’s Advisory Board on Disarmament Matters; Co-Director of the Disarmament and Security Centre

107.Kate Hudson, United Kingdom, General Secretary, Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament

108.Kathy Crandall Robinson, USA, Women in International Security

109.Kathy Kelly, USA, Voices for Creative Nonviolence 110.Kavita Ramdas, USA, Ford Foundation

111.Khin Ohmar, Burma/Myanmar, Coordinator, Burma Partnership

112.Kim Ku’ulei Birnie, Hawaii/USA, Women’s Voices, Women Speak

113.Kim Phuc, Canada/Vietnam, UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador

114.Koohan Paik, USA, Journalist and Activist

115.Kozue Akibayashi, Japan, Intl. President, Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom

116.Krassimira Daskalova, Bulgaria, Professor, University of Sofia

117.Krishanti Dharmaraj, USA, Executive Director, Center for Women’s Global Leadership

118.Kyeong-Hee Choi, USA, Professor, University of Chicago

119.Kyung-Hee Ha, Japan, Assistant Professor, Meiji University

120.Laura Dawn, USA, filmmaker & Founder, ART NOT WAR

121.Laura Hein, USA, Professor, Northwestern University

  1. Laurie Ross, New Zealand, The Peace Foundation of New Zealand Aotearoa, International Affairs and Disarmament Committee
  2. Lekkie Hopkins, Australia, Professor, Edith Cowan University
  1. Leymah Gbowee, Liberia, 2011 Nobel Peace Laureate Linda Burnham, USA, National Domestic Workers Alliance

126.Lindsey German, United Kingdom, National Convener, Stop the War Coalition 127.Lisa Natividad, Guam, President, Guahan Coalition for Peace and Justice

128.Liza Maza, Philippines, former Parliamentarian; Gabriella Network

129.Lourdes Leon Guerrero, Guam, Fuetsan Famalao’an

  1. Luisa Morgantini, Italy, Member, European Parliament
  2. Lydia Alpizar, Mexico, Executive Director, AWID (Association of Women’s Rights in Development) Madeline Rees, United Kingdom, Secretary General, Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom
  3. 133.Madelyn Hoffman, USA, Executive Director, New Jersey Peace Action

134.Maggie Martin, USA, Iraq Veterans Against the War 135.Mairead Maguire, Northern Ireland, 1976 Nobel Peace Laureate

136.Maja Vitas Majstorovic, Serbia, Gender Coordinator, Global Partnership for the Prevention of Armed Conflict

137.Marevic Parcon, Philippines, Asia Regional Coordinator, Women’s Global Network for Reproductive Rights

138.Margaret Gerhardt, USA, University of Pennsylvania

  1. Margo Okazawa-Rey, USA, Professor Emerita, San Francisco State University
  2. Marilyn Waring, New Zealand, Professor of Public Policy, Auckland University of Technology Marta Benavides, El Salvador, Siglo XXIII
  3. Mary Murphree, USA, Sociologist
  4. Mavic Cabrera-Balleza, Philippines, International Coordinator, Global Network of Women Peacebuilders Maya Schenwar, USA, Truthout Editor
  5. Medea Benjamin, USA, Co-founder, Code Pink
  6. Meenakshi Gopinath, India, Women in Security, Conflict Management and Peace (WISCOMP) Megan Amundson, USA, Executive Director, Women’s Action for New Direction (WAND) 148.Megan Burke, USA, Director, International Campaign to Ban Landmines-Cluster Munitions Coalition 149.Melissa Giovale, USA, Founder and Board Member, Bell Garden Buddhist Center
  7. Meredith Woo, USA, Open Society Foundations
  8. Meri Joyce, Australia, Regional Coordinator, Global Partnership for Prevention of Armed Conflict Mimi Han, Republic of Korea/USA, International Vice President, YWCA
  9. Mimi Kim, USA, Professor, Cal State University, Long Beach
  10. Mina Watanabe, Japan, Secretary General, Women’s Active Museum on War and Peace
  11. Miranda Cahn, New Zealand, Head of Programme Development and Quality, Save the Children New Zealand Musimbi Kanyoro, Kenya/USA, Executive Director of Global Fund for Women

157.Nada Drobnjak, Montenegro, Member of Parliament

158.Namhee Lee, USA, Professor, University of California, Los Angeles

159.Nan Kim, USA, Professor, University of Wisconsin

  1. Nancy Ruth, Canada, Senator
  2. Naomi Klein, Canada, Journalist and Activist Nathalie Margie, USA, Urgent Action Fund
  3. Netsai Mushonga, Zimbabwe, Commissioner, Zimbabwe Electoral Commission; African Women Active Nonviolence Initiative for Social Change
  4. Nighat Said Khan, Pakistan, Executive Chair, DidiBahini
  5. Nina Tsikhistavi-Khutsishvili, Georgia, Board Chair, International Center on Conflict and Negotiation Noura Erakat, USA, Human Rights Attorney
  6. Nunu Kidane, USA, Board Member, Priority Africa Network
  7. Orysia Sushko, Ukraine, President, World Federation of Ukrainian Women’s Organizations Ouypourn Khuankaew, Thailand, Founder, International Women’s Partnership for Peace and Justice 170.Pam McMichael, USA, Director of Highlander Research and Education Center
  8. Pamela Brubaker, USA, Professor Emerita, California Lutheran University
  9. Patricia Thane, United Kingdom, Professor, Kings College
  10. Paula Garb, USA, Co-Director, Center for Citizen Peacebuilding, University of California, Irvine Penny Rosenwasser, USA, Founding Board Member, Jewish Voice for Peace

175.Phyllis Bennis, USA, Director, New Internationalism Project, Institute for Policy Studies

176.Regina Munoz, Sweden, Peace Activist

177.Robina Marie Winbush, USA, Minister, Member of World Council of Churches Exec and Central Committee

178.Rose Othieno, Uganda, Executive Director, Center for Conflict Resolution

179.Saloni Singh, Nepal, Executive Chair, DidiBahini 180.Samanthi Gunwardana, Australia, Monash University

181.Sandra Moran, Guatemala, Co-Representative of Intl. Committee, Americas Region, World March of Women

182.Setsuko Thurlow, Canada, International Educator, Hibakusha/A-Bomb Survivor

  1. Sharon Bhagwan Rolls, Fiji, Executive Producer, FemLINKpacific; Board Chair, Global Partnership for the Prevention of Armed Conflict
  2. Shirley Douglas, Canada, Actor and Activist Simone Chun, USA, Journalist and Activist

186.Sophia Close, Australia, Australia National University, Canberra

187.Sophie Toupin, Canada, Women Peace and Security Network Canada

188.Soya Jung, USA, Writer and Activist

189.Sue Wareham OAM, Australia, Vice-President, Medical Association for Prevention of War

190.Sung-ok Lee, USA, Assistant General Secretary, United Methodist Women

191.Susan Cundiff, USA, Oregon Women’s Action for New Directions (WAND) 192.Susan Smith, USA, Muslim Peace Fellowship

  1. Su Yon Pak, USA, Professor, Union Theological Seminary
  2. Suzuyo Takazato, Japan, Okinawa Women Act Against Military Violence Suzy Kim, USA, Professor, Rutgers University

196.Taina Bien-Aime, USA, Executive Director, International Coalition Against Trafficking in Women 197.Tani Barlow, USA, Professor, Rice University

198.Tanya Selvaratnam, USA, Senior Producer, Art Not War

199.Terrilee Kekoolani, Ko Pae’Aina Hawai’i, Kanaka Maoli

200.Terry Greenblatt, Israel/USA, The Ploughshares Fund

201.Una Kim, USA, Researcher

  1. Unzu Lee, USA, Presbyterian Minister, Women for Genuine Security 203.Valerie Plame, USA, Former Covert CIA Operations Officer
  2. Vana Kim, USA, Spiritual Teacher
  3. Visaka Dharmadasa, Sri Lanka, Founder, Association of War Affected Women Wei Zhang, USA, Folk Art Researcher

207.Wendi Deetz, USA, Global Fund for Women

208.Winnie Wang, USA, Center for Global Nonkilling

209.Wonhee Anne Joh, USA, Professor of Theology, Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary

210.Yayoi Tsuchida, Japan, General Secretary, Japan Council Against Atomic and Hydrogen Bombs

211.Yifat Susskind, USA, Executive Director, MADRE

  1. Yoonkyung Lee, Canada, Professor, University of Toronto
  2. Youngju Ryu, USA, Professor, University of Michigan

(List in formation & Note: Organizations/Affiliations Listed Only for Identification Purposes )

International Women’s Organizations

Church Women United CODE PINK

International Women’s Network Against Militarism MADRE

Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom, UK Section

North Korean Women’s Organization

Korea Socialist Women’s Union

South Korean Women’s and Peace Organizations

  1. Women Making Peace (평화여성회)
  2. Korea Women’s Association United (한국여성단체연합/7개 지부, 30개 회원단체)
  3. Korean Association of Women Theologians (한국여신학자협의회)
  4. The Council of Churches in Korea, Women’s Committee (한국기독교교회협의회 여성위원회)
  5. The Association of Major Superiors of Women Religious in Korea (한국천주교여자수도회 장상연합회)
  1. The Righteous People for Korean Unification (새로운 백년을 여는 통일의병)
  2. The Gongju Women Human Rights Center (공주 여성인권)
  3. The World Council of Churches (세계교회협의회)
  4. The Christian Network for Peace and Unification (평화와통일을위한기독인연대)
  5. beyondit (너머서)
  6. Okedongmu Children in Korea (어린이 어깨동무)
  7. Women History Forum (여성역사포럼)
  8. Peace Mother (평화어머니회)
  9. Kyunggi Women’s Association United (경기여성연합)
  10. Kyunggi Goyang-Paju Women Link (경기 고양파주 민우회)
  11. Kyunggi Women’s Network (경기여성네트워크)
  12. The Korean Council for the Women Drafted for Military Sexual Slavery by Japan (한국정신대문제대책협의회)
  13. Korea Women’s Political Solidarity (여세연)
  14. Korean Sharing Movement (우리민족서로돕기운동)
  15. People’s Solidarity for Participatory Democracy (참여연대) Iftopia (문화세상 이프토피아)
  16. Ewha Women’s Alumni Meeting for Democracy (이화민주동우회)
  17. Kyunggi Jinbo Women United (경기여성자주연대)
  18. Kyunggi Council of Women (경기여성단체협의회)
  19. Chungchung-namdo Education Center for Equality (충청남도 성평등교육문화센타)
  20. 21st Century Seoul Women’s Union (21세기 서울여성회)
  21. Common Nourishing and Education (공동육아와 공동체 교육)
  22. Ecumenical Youth Network (에큐메니칼 청년 네트워크)
  23. Women Ministers Association of Presbyterian Churches Korea (대한예수교장로회 전국여교역자연합회)
  24. Women Ministers’ Association of Presbyterian Church in the Republic of Korea (한국기독교장로회여교역자협의회)
  25. Korea Association Methodist Women in Ministry (기독교대한감리회 여교역자회)
  26. Korea Methodist Women’s Leadership Institute (감리교여성지도력개발원)
  27. Korea Church Women United (한국교회여성연합회)
  28. Duraebang (두레방)
  29. Sunlit Sisters’ Center (햇살사회복지회)
  30. United for Women’s Rights Against US Military Bases’ Crime (기지촌여성인권연대)
  31. United Voice for the Eradication of Prostitution: Hansori (성매매근절을위한 한소리회)

Women Cross DMZ (

Women Cross DMZ is an organization led by women working globally for peace in Korea. In May 2015, on the 70th anniversary of the division of Korea, Women Cross DMZ led a historic women’s peace walk across the De- Militarized Zone from North to South Korea to draw global attention to the urgent need to end the Korean War with a peace treaty, reunite divided families, and ensure women’s leadership in peacebuilding. Representing 15 countries, our 30-member international delegation walked with 10,000 Korean women on both sides of the DMZ. Our mission is to: 1.) Promote women’s leadership in the peacebuilding process in Korea; 2.) Raise awareness about the urgent need for peace in Korea; and 3.) Expand and deepen relationships with women leaders and organizations in South Korea, North Korea, and around the world.