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2018 International Women Peace Walk Declaration

The 2018 International Women Peace Walk Declaration states a list of actions which support the Korean peace process and include women’s full inclusion in the peace process.

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WILPF International Secretariat
1 June 2018

Women Cross DMZ, in partnership 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, has traveled to Seoul, South Korea May 24-26 for the #WomenPeaceKorea: A New Era delegation.

The 2018 International Women Peace Walk Declaration states a list of actions which support the Korean peace process and include women’s full inclusion in the peace process.

2018 International Women Peace Walk Declaration

(May 23, 2018—Seoul)

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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. The guarantee of full and equal participation of women in the Korean peace process, as stated in UN Security Council Resolution 1325.
  4. 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.
  5. An expedited civilian exchange between the two Koreas and the immediate reunion of separated families.
  6. 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.
  7. An end to sanctions that harm innocent civilians, and instead maximum diplomatic and humanitarian engagement that will improve ordinary people’s lives.
  8. A reduction in military budgets and an end to the arms race, and funds redirected to improving women’s human security and environmental protection.

Peace can only be achieved through means that reject violence. We who gathered here today will continue our movement for peace until the threat of war disappears from the earth. We hope that all citizens of both South and North Korea, as well as all the peace-loving citizens around the world, will join us on the path to create a peace treaty to formally end the Korean War. This is an important first step to building peace and genuine security for Korea and for the world.

Women Peace Walk, Women Cross DMZ, and Nobel Women’s Initiative

Christine Ahn, International Coordinator, Women Cross DMZ
Liz Bernstein, Executive Director, Nobel Women’s Initiative

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Melissa Torres


Prior to being elected Vice-President, Melissa Torres was the WILPF US International Board Member from 2015 to 2018. Melissa joined WILPF in 2011 when she was selected as a Delegate to the Commission on the Status of Women as part of the WILPF US’ Practicum in Advocacy Programme at the United Nations, which she later led. She holds a PhD in Social Work and is a professor and Global Health Scholar at Baylor College of Medicine and research lead at BCM Anti-Human Trafficking Program. Of Mexican descent and a native of the US/Mexico border, Melissa is mostly concerned with the protection of displaced Latinxs in the Americas. Her work includes training, research, and service provision with the American Red Cross, the National Human Trafficking Training and Technical Assistance Centre, and refugee resettlement programs in the U.S. Some of her goals as Vice-President are to highlight intersectionality and increase diversity by fostering inclusive spaces for mentorship and leadership. She also contributes to WILPF’s emerging work on the topic of displacement and migration.

Jamila Afghani


Jamila Afghani is the President of WILPF Afghanistan which she started in 2015. She is also an active member and founder of several organisations including the Noor Educational and Capacity Development Organisation (NECDO). Elected in 2018 as South Asia Regional Representative to WILPF’s International Board, WILPF benefits from Jamila’s work experience in education, migration, gender, including gender-based violence and democratic governance in post-conflict and transitional countries.

Sylvie Jacqueline Ndongmo


Sylvie Jacqueline NDONGMO is a human rights and peace leader with over 27 years experience including ten within WILPF. She has a multi-disciplinary background with a track record of multiple socio-economic development projects implemented to improve policies, practices and peace-oriented actions. Sylvie is the founder of WILPF Cameroon and was the Section’s president until 2022. She co-coordinated the African Working Group before her election as Africa Representative to WILPF’s International Board in 2018. A teacher by profession and an African Union Trainer in peace support operations, Sylvie has extensive experience advocating for the political and social rights of women in Africa and worldwide.

WILPF Afghanistan

In response to the takeover of Afghanistan by the Taliban and its targeted attacks on civil society members, WILPF Afghanistan issued several statements calling on the international community to stand in solidarity with Afghan people and ensure that their rights be upheld, including access to aid. The Section also published 100 Untold Stories of War and Peace, a compilation of true stories that highlight the effects of war and militarisation on the region. 

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WILPF uses feminist analysis to argue that militarisation is a counter-productive and ill-conceived response to establishing security in the world. The more society becomes militarised, the more violence and injustice are likely to grow locally and worldwide.

Sixteen states are believed to have supplied weapons to Afghanistan from 2001 to 2020 with the US supplying 74 % of weapons, followed by Russia. Much of this equipment was left behind by the US military and is being used to inflate Taliban’s arsenal. WILPF is calling for better oversight on arms movement, for compensating affected Afghan people and for an end to all militarised systems.

Militarised masculinity

Mobilising men and boys around feminist peace has been one way of deconstructing and redefining masculinities. WILPF shares a feminist analysis on the links between militarism, masculinities, peace and security. We explore opportunities for strengthening activists’ action to build equal partnerships among women and men for gender equality.

WILPF has been working on challenging the prevailing notion of masculinity based on men’s physical and social superiority to, and dominance of, women in Afghanistan. It recognizes that these notions are not representative of all Afghan men, contrary to the publicly prevailing notion.

Feminist peace​

In WILPF’s view, any process towards establishing peace that has not been partly designed by women remains deficient. Beyond bringing perspectives that encapsulate the views of half of the society and unlike the men only designed processes, women’s true and meaningful participation allows the situation to improve.

In Afghanistan, WILPF has been demanding that women occupy the front seats at the negotiating tables. The experience of the past 20 has shown that women’s presence produces more sustainable solutions when they are empowered and enabled to play a role.

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