WHY ARE WE PLANNING TO WALK ACROSS THE DEMILITARIZED ZONE (DMZ) THAT SEPARATES NORTH AND SOUTH KOREA?

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On May 24, 2015, which is International Women’s Day for Peace and Disarmament, 30 women peacemakers from 12 countries plan to walk across the demilitarized zone (DMZ) that separates North and South Korea. This will be an important first step in establishing a peace process and supporting Koreans who are working towards reconciliation and hoping to reunite their families.   Some of the women who will be participating in this historic walk are Nobel Peace Prize laureate Leymah Gbowee, feminist author Gloria Steinem, retired U.S. Army Colonel Ann Wright, Suzuyo Takazato from Okinawa Women Act Against Military Violence, and American filmmaker Abigail Disney.   Last week, the government of North Korea agreed to support the walk, but officials from South Korea have yet to voice a decision. The United Nations…
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Speech at National Institute of Research, Athens, Greece

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Presentation by Mairead Corrigan Maguire INTERNATIONAL PEACE DAY 2l/9/20l4 – PEACE THROUGH DISARMAMENT Dear Friends, It is a great pleasure to be with you all and celebrate International Peace Day.  I would like to thank Panos Trigazis, President of PADOP (Observatory of International organization and Globalization), and the National Institute of Research, for their kind invitation.   I believe peace is possible and it is the greatest gift a person and a country can have.  To believe peace is possible, to have a passion for peace, to work for peace, is indeed a great purpose in life.  Life is a wonderful gift which we are all given, and no one has a right to take our life.   In the words of the Nobel Peace Laureates Charter for a World without…
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Keynote address by Mairead Maguire, Nobel Peace Laureate, at Sarajevo Peace Event Sarajevo.

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(6th June, 2014)   PEACE MOVEMENT’S COMMON VISION – THE ABOLITION OF MILITARISM. --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Dear friends,   We are all aware that this is the 100th anniversary of the assassination of  Archduke Ferdinand in Sarajevo which led to the start of the First World War in l9l4. What started here in Sarajevo was a century of two global wars, a Cold War, a century of immense, rapid explosion of death and destruction technology, all extremely costly, and extremely risky.   A huge step in the history of war, but also a decisive turning point in the history of peace.  The peace movement has never been as strong politically as in the last three decades before the break-out of WWl.  It was a factor in political life, literature, organization, and planning,…
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PRESENTATION BY MAIREAD MAGUIRE AT THE FONDAZIONE PATRIZIO PAOLETTI AND COMMUNE OF ASSISI

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23RD NOVEMBER, 2014 PEACE AND A WORLD WITHOUT VIOLENCE, MILITARISM AND WAR IS POSSIBLE Dear Friends, I would like to thank the Fondazione Patrizio Paoletti and the Commune of Assisi for their kind invitation to be with you all. It is a particular joy for my husband Jackie and myself, to be here in Assisi in the home of St. Francis and St. Clare, two great spirits, whose lives have inspired us, and millions of people around the world.    St. Francis, a man of peace, and St. Clare, a woman of prayer, whose message of Love, compassion, care  for humans, animals, and  the environment, comes down through history to speak to us in a very relevant and inspirational way. As we the human family today in the 2lst century, face…
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Nobel peace Laureate Calls for Americans and world citizens to respond to Pope Francis call to fast and pray to stop United States war against Syria.

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PRESS RELEASE – Mairead Maguire, Nobel peace Laureate Calls for Americans and world citizens to respond to Pope Francis call to fast and  pray  to stop United States  war against Syria. Pope Francis has set Saturday 7th September, 2013 as a world day of prayer and fasting for peace in Syria, and the Vatican  has said it is against ‘armed intervention’ pointing to the havoc caused by the United States led war to topple Saddam Hussein, in Iraq in 2003. I would like to add my support to Pope Francis’ appeal and that of the Eastern Patriarchs, and pledge to pray and fast on 7th Sept., and I encourage people of all faiths and none, to join on that day to fast and pray and act for peace and no…
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