Grantee name: Women Cross DMZ
Mission: Women Cross DMZ are women peacemakers from around the world walking and working for peace in Korea. The Peace Development Fund supports community-based peace and social justice organizing through grants, technical assistance, and other resources
Website: www.womencrossdmz.org/ and www.peacedevelopmentfund.org/
Channel Grants: In 2016 Channel made a grant to Women Cross DMZ via the fiscal sponsorship of the Peace Development Fund to support the strengthening of their capacity to move a pro-peace agenda for the Korean peninsula via partnerships with key national, regional and international women’s and peace organizations and within a Northeast Asia Women’s Peace and Security Working Group to help formulate policy recommendations for governments. (2016)
In 2015 Channel made a grant to Women Cross DMZ via the fiscal sponsorship of the Peace Development Fund to support a Spring 2016 Women’s Peace Summit in Bali, Indonesia which included delegates from North and South Korea (who met separately) and international delegates. At the Peace Summit, Women Cross DMZ undertook four key activities: 1.) Discussing the substantive issues on peace and reunification of Korea from a woman-centered view, including the role of UNSCR 1325 in the Korean context; 2.) Strategizing together the contours of a transnational peacebuilding campaign; 3.) Sharing stories to deepen understanding; and 4.) Engaging in team-building and artistic activities.
In addition, in March 2016, Women Cross DMZ organized a panel at the 60th meeting of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) at the UN that included women from the Summit and focused on collectively advocating for normalization, demilitarization, and peace. (2015)
News: In December 2016, Women Cross DMZ Founder Christine Ahn is profiled in SUR - International Journal on Human Rights, Issue #24 on Women: movements, successes and obstacles from Conectas Human Rights: "I know who is going to end the war in Korea: The women."