Unmute Yourself: Peace Now on the Korean Peninsula!
Join us for a conversation hosted by Ploughshares President Emma Belcher, with guests Christine Ahn, Abigail Disney, and Deann Borshay Liem, who were part of the group of 30 women from 15 countries on a women’s peace walk with 10,000 Korean women, and a historic crossing of the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) from North to South Korea. The women had three ambitious goals: replace the armistice with a peace treaty; reunite Korean families; and elevate women’s leadership in the peace process.
Monday, May 2, 2022
12 pm PT / 2 pm CT / 3 pm ET
- Panel moderated by President Emma Belcher
- Abigail E. Disney, Emmy-Winning Documentary Filmmaker, activist, and co-founder of Fork Films
- Deann Borshay Liem, Producer, Director and Writer of Crossings
- Christine Ahn, Founder and Executive Director of Women Cross DMZ
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We’re thrilled to invite you to meet three changemakers who inspire and mobilize others to be effective advocates and activists for a more just and peaceful world – for North and South Korea - and beyond. Join us for a conversation hosted by Ploughshares President Emma Belcher, with guests Christine Ahn, Abigail Disney, and Deann Borshay Liem, who were part of the group of 30 women from 15 countries on a women’s peace walk with 10,000 Korean women, and a historic crossing of the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) from North to South Korea. The women had three ambitious goals: replace the armistice with a peace treaty; reunite Korean families; and elevate women’s leadership in the peace process.
Special Treat: You’ll get a sneak peak into the 2022 documentary film, Crossings, that is making the rounds in the film festival circuit.
During this one-hour event you’ll get:
- The latest updates on current North/South Korea relations
- This week’s revived nuclear brinkmanship with North Korea’s March 24th test of an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) – the first test of a long-range missile since 2017
- The increasing tensions between the U.S. and the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea
- What we might expect from the newly elected President Yoon Suk-yeol
- The impact of the Ukraine/Russia conflict
Women and mothers have been protesting, advocating, and leading local and global peace and nuclear disarmament efforts for decades, in so many ways, across the globe. As this Mother’s Day approaches, reach out to moms, family and friends – and invite them to join you for some information and inspiration!
To view a compilation of past Unmute Yourself content, visit: ploughshares.org/unmuteyourself
About the Speakers
Abigail E. Disney is an Emmy-Winning Documentary Filmmaker, activist, and co-founder of Fork Films, a nonfiction media production company, which produces her podcast All Ears, where she interviews bold, solutions-oriented thinkers from the front lines of America’s urgent inequality and race crises. She is the Chair and Co-Founder of Level Forward, a new breed storytelling company focused on systemic change through creative excellence, balancing financial and social returns. She created the nonprofit Peace is Loud, which uses storytelling to advance social movements and the Daphne Foundation, which supports organizations working for a more equitable, fair and peaceful New York City. Her documentary, The American Dream and Other Fairy Tales, which she co-directed with Kathleen Hughes, made its world premiere at the 2022 Sundance Film Festival.
Deann Borshay Liem is Producer, Director and Writer of First Person Plural, In the Matter of Cha Jung Hee, Memory of Forgotten and Geographies of Kinship (to air on PBS America Reframed on May 19, 2022). She served as Executive Producer for AKA Don Bonus, for which she won an Emmy Award, as well as Kelly Loves Tony, On Coal River, Ishi’s Return and Breathin’: The Eddy Zheng Story. The former director of the Center for Asian American Media (CAAM), Deann is the recipient of the Women, Peace and Security Fellowship from the San Francisco Film Society for her new film, Crossings, about women peacemakers advocating for peace on the Korean peninsula.
Christine Ahn is the Founder and Executive Director of Women Cross DMZ, a global movement of women mobilizing to end the Korean War and one of Ploughshares Fund's many grantees. Ahn is the International Coordinator of the Korea Peace Now! transnational campaign, and she helped create the Feminist Peace Initiative, which Women Cross DMZ built with MADRE and Grassroots Global Justice Alliance, to reimagine a feminist, movement-driven US foreign policy. Christine is also the co-founder of the Korea Policy Institute and the Korea Peace Network, and has worked with prominent women’s organizations such as the Global Fund for Women and the Women of Color Resource Center. She is the recipient of the 2020 US Peace Prize for her bold activism to end the Korean War, heal the wounds from the war, and women’s leadership in peacebuilding.