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Women’s activists cross from North to South Korea, say divide can be bridged

Women’s activists cross from North to South Korea, say divide can be bridged

A group of international women’s activists made a rare crossing from North Korea into South Korea on Sunday, hailing the trip as a “first step in the right direction” toward bridging divisions between the estranged countries.

But the women — led by Gloria Steinem, the pioneering American feminist — did not walk across the demilitarized zone, as they had hoped, nor did they pass through the symbolic truce village of Panmunjom, where the armistice that halted the Korean War was signed. Both changes were indicative of the controversy that the event generated, amid accusations that the women were legitimizing Kim Jong Un’s regime and ignoring its human rights abuses.

As they crossed the 2 1/2- mile-wide strip that has divided the Korean Peninsula for more than 60 years, the women, all dressed in white and wearing rainbow-colored scarves, said the fact that the two Koreas agreed to the crossing at all was a sign of progress.

Source: Women’s activists cross from North to South Korea, say divide can be bridged – The Washington Post

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