Peace in the Koreas
At the end of the Second World War, Korea was liberated from 35 years of colonial rule with the defeat of Japan. But liberation did not bring peace.
Three years later, when negotiations between the United States and the Soviet Union failed to establish a single government, Korea was divided into two separate states. The creation of the Republic of Korea (ROK) in the south and the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) in the north instigated the three-year-long Korean War, which saw four million casualties, mass displacement, and profound destruction.
Although an armistice agreement was signed by the DPRK and the US in 1953, bringing an end to active fighting, the war was never resolved – and hostilities remain high. Today, the Korean Peninsula continues to be affected by militarisation, the ongoing arms race, the existence of nuclear weapons, and threats of nuclear action.
WILPF in Korea: Korea Peace Now!
In 2019, WILPF partnered together with Women Cross DMZ, the Korean Women’s Movement for Peace, and the Nobel Women’s Initiative to launch Korea Peace Now! Women Mobilizing to End the War.
A global campaign to educate, organise, and advocate for a peace agreement to end the Korean War, Korea Peace Now! is a powerful women-led initiative calling on the international community to take meaningful steps toward demilitarisation, denuclearisation, and a future of sustainable peace in Northeast Asia.
The campaign’s work is focused on creating spaces for dialogue, educating community members and governments about the need for a formal end to the Korean War, and engaging in analysis and lobbying activities in and around the United Nations.
Korea Peace Now! is urging people all over the world to sign the Korea Peace Appeal and demand an end to the Korean War. Learn more and sign the appeal today.
Watch the UNCA press conference with women leaders from the United States, South Korea and Japan on their global campaign towards the Korean peace process.
Learn more about WILPF’s work in Korea and the Korea Peace Now! campaign