Women activists start march from North Korea to South

Scores of female activists to march through the inter-Korean border calling for peace

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

Updated Jul 28, 2015

Women activists from around the globe have begun a trip from Beijing where they will travel to North and South Korea through the country’s heavily fortified border (DMZ) on Tuesday.

The International WomenCrossDMZ group plans to march from the North Korean capital to the South on May 24 to call for an end to the Korean War and peace between the two countries.

The 30 women activists have been criticised as "being naive" but they have defended their plan by saying "it is time to try a different approach to solving the crisis," Reuters reported.

The DMZ - despite its name - is one of the most heavily militarised borders in the world, as North and South Korea still remain technically at war after the 1950-53 conflict between the two sides ended in a truce, not a peace treaty.

The activists have permission to march through the border from North Korea and South Korea, but the United Nations Command which controls the border has not commented on the planned march yet.

The activists plan to meet women and children in the North Korean capital and attend a peace conference that will be held on International Women's Day for Peace and Disarmament.


TRTWorld and agencies