Vancouver Women’s Forum on Peace and Security on the Korean Peninsula

On January 16, 2018, as Foreign Ministers from twenty nations gathered in Vancouver to discuss security and stability on the Korean Peninsula, an international delegation of sixteen women representing feminist peace movements from Asia, Europe and North America convened in Vancouver. Our objective was to urge the Foreign Ministers to prepare the table for a diplomatic peace process that moves away from war and increased militarization, and towards peace, reconciliation, and genuine security. The Summit came at a fortuitous time. It was the first time in two years the two Koreas sat down for talks where North Korea agreed to send athletes to the winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, and the United States agreed to delay its annual war drills with South Korea to honor the Olympics truce. But it was also an opportunity for the feminist peace movements to remind governments of their commitment to UNSCR 1325 and the Women, Peace and Security agenda. The IWRP was represented as one of the 16 women’s peace organizations at the Forum. For more information on the Forum and the ongoing activities, see the website of Women Cross DMZ at