A Talk by Colonel (Ret.) Ann Wright
On Tuesday, June 16, 6:00 p.m., at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center, Haynes Meeting Room
Retired US Army Colonel and State Department Diplomat Ann Wright will speak about last month’s women’s peace walk from North to South Korea, which she led along with Gloria Steinem and two Nobel Peace Laureates, to try to bring an end to the 60-year hostilities between the two Koreas. For more information www.womencrossdmz.org .
Photo by Niana Liu.
Full press release:
For 60 years, since the end of the Korean war in 1954, there has never been an armistice. The North and South Korea remain in perpetual war. Korean families have been separated for six decades.
Last month, 30 prominent women peace activists from 15 countries, including Gloria Steinem and two Nobel Peace Laureates, walked across the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) from North to South Korea, with the consent of both Koreas and the United Nations, calling on both nations and the international community to once and for all sign a peace accord and end that war.
One of these 30 women, Ann Wright, former State Department diplomat and retired US Army Colonel, will speak about her experience at the Maui Arts and Cultural Center on Tuesday, June 16, at 6:00 p.m, sponsored by the Maui Peace Education Foundation. Admission is free.
Col. Wright, activist author Gloria Steinem, and Nobel Peace Laureates Mairead Corrigan Maguire of Ireland and Leymah Gbowee of Liberia were among those who walked to encourage dialogue and peace and to empower Korean and international women to work for reunification. The participants visited both North and South Korea, connecting with Korean women, learning about their experiences of war and division, and sharing ways women might mobilize to end conflict in their communities. Their visits culminated in symposiums and peace walks in Pyongyang and Seoul with thousands of Korean women.
Col. Wright will also speak about her recent peacemaking visits to El Salvador and Cuba, and give an update on the 3rd Gaza Flotilla scheduled to sail later this year. Ann Wright received the State Department Award for Heroism for her work helping thousands escape from Sierra Leone during their civil war. She resigned from her diplomatic post in 2003 on the eve of the U.S. invasion of Iraq after nearly 40 years in the Army and at State “on an issue of conscience and principle,” and has been an indomitable peace activist ever since.
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