In May 2015, for the first time, thirty women peace activists marched across the heavily fortified Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) that separates North and South Korea. Joined by feminist Gloria Steinem and two Nobel Prize laureates, they drew attention to the need for a peace treaty to officially end the Korean War, the need to reunite families divided by the war, and in support of the desires of women in both Koreas for peace. Parallel symposiums were held in both Koreas, bringing together more than 5,000 women.
Urgent Action Fund provided early funding, helping to build momentum and to secure additional grants. The march generated widespread media attention and endorsements from world leaders including former U.S. President Jimmy Carter, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, and eight Nobel Peace Prize recipients. South Korean parliamentarians issued a public statement endorsing the march, a hopeful sign of political will to build peace.