An international group of women activists, including Gloria Steinem and two Nobel Peace laureates, on Sunday crossed the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) between North and South Korea in a call for global peace and reconciliation.
“We are walking for a peaceful world, we are walking for a peaceful world,” the activists sang as they crossed one section of the heavily fortified two-mile-wide zone.
WomenCrossDMZ hit a brief roadblock when the activists were denied an attempt to walk across the final stretch, but they were able to make the crossing by bus.
“Not only have we received the blessing for our historic crossing, we’ve gotten both Korean governments to communicate. That is a success,” one of the Nobel Peace laureates, Leymah Gbowee, who was recognized in 2011 for her role in Liberian peace movement, told CBS News.
The event was formed to “call for an end to the Korean War and for a new beginning for a reunified Korea,” the organizers state on their website. They continue: