Next Tuesday (12th June) a special visitor to the Scottish Parliament’s Cross-Party Group on Nuclear Disarmament will be Dr Rebecca Johnson who took part in last month’s historic women’s walk into the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) which separates North and South Korea.
The Women Cross The DMZ walk, supported by The Nobel Women’s Initiative, was a call for peace and unity within the peninsula and as a counter to aggressive posturing from both North Korea and the US. Thirty women associated with the Nobel Peace Prize from across the world were led by Nobel Laureate Mairead Maguire and Women Cross the DMZ leader Christine Ahn 30. They accompanied a thousand Korean women on the 5 km. walk across Unification Bridge – a first for civilians.
The DMZ crossing by so many Korean women highlights a growing understanding that the the peace process must be truly indigenous – in the hands of Koreans themselves.
Rebecca is a founding chair of the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN), the organisation that worked so successfully for the new UN Treaty on The Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons, gained the Nobel Peace Prize for its efforts, and is now campaigning to encourage member states to sign and ratify the Treaty, which is on course to enter into force within two years. Rebecca has lived in East Asia and has many years experience at the UN working with diplomats.
It may be possible to attend Tuesday’s 12.30 pm meeting of the Cross Party Group. If interested email email@example.com. If interest exceeds space we will try to arrange an additional open meeting.