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Organization: Women Making Peace
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PROGRESS: Has your organization seen progress toward a culture of peace and nonviolence in your domain of action and in your constituency during the first half of the Decade?

In spite of international and national political obstacles to achieving peace on the Korean peninsula and in society, however, circumstances have gradually changed.  The Sunshine policy has produced remarkable results in the exchange of people and resources between the North and the South, including the summit between the two Korean leaders in 2000 and Gaeseong industrial complex, an inter-Korean economic cooperation project. Furthermore, exchange activities among CSO have expanded in the past 10 years through humanitarian assistance projects and cultural events.

OBSTACLES: What are the most important obstacles that have prevented progress?

Military confrontation between the North and the South is as it has been for more than five decades following the Korean War. Militarism is strong on both sides due to the mandatory draft system and the presence of US military bases throughout the South.  Internationally, the recent conflict between North Korea and the USA over the nuclear issue is also threatening the safety of the peninsula.  In the South, the rapid improvement of economy has created issues that have caused social conflicts such as antagonism between employer and employee, a top-down approach of government in the public decision making process, and a competitive culture in business and education.  

In this time of transition, cultivating a culture of peace in Korea is needed to overcome 50 years of heated confrontation, and to move toward a peaceful future in Northeast Asia.  However, there is a very limited understanding of what it means to have a culture of peace. The attempts to establish substantial peace education to cultivate this culture of peace nationwide has also been limited. It is clear that much more effort should be put into the peace education field in order to transform the culture of violence in Korea and the Northeast Asia region.

ACTIONS: What actions have been undertaken by your organization to promote a culture of peace and nonviolence during the first half of the Decade?

Women Making Peace (WMP), founded in 1997, is a specialized organization formed to realize the reunification of, and peace on, the Korean peninsula and to create hope for peace in Asia and the world. WMP conducts necessary research on the infrastructure and methods needed for the peaceful reunification of Korea in order to present their findings to the government, particularly from a feminist perspective.  

WMP tries to promote tolerance and peace of mind as general values in the Korean society to promote citizens' peacemaking skills, and to cultivate a life-centered culture of peace for a better world.  WMP carries out concrete actions to improve the social environment for reunification and peace on the Korean peninsula.  In addition, WMP tries to facilitate the equal participation of women in the settlement of conflicts and disputes and tries to promote women's leadership in peacemaking at home and abroad.

* School Violence Prevention
Peace education for preventing school violence and cultivating the culture of peace in schools focuses on providing elementary and high school students with methods for solving conflicts in a peaceful and constructive manner.  Besides conflict resolution skills, students also explore various peace topics including human rights, anger management, non-violent communication skills, gender equality, tolerance and reconciliation for the future Korea by overcoming prejudice.

* Conflict Resolution Training Program
Conflict resolution training program for trainers & facilitators is a training program for future trainers and facilitators in the conflict resolution and peace education field.  After completing 15 sessions, participants can be involved in co-facilitating conflict resolution workshops at schools and other functions.

* Conflict Resolution Workshop for Local NGOs Conflict resolution capacity building workshops for local NGOs provide an opportunity for local NGOs to obtain a general understanding of conflict resolution and its application in strengthening the local capacity to deal with local conflicts such as disputes over environment, public policy-making, and conflicts based on interest among local people.

ADVICE: What advice would you like to give to the Secretary-General and the General Assembly to promote a culture of peace and nonviolence during the second half of the Decade?


PARTNERSHIPS: What partnerships and networks does your organization participate in, thus strengthening the global movement for a culture of peace?


PLANS: What new engagements are planned by your organization to promote a culture of peace and nonviolence in the second half of the Decade (2005-2010)?


Postal address of organization

Women Making Peace(WMP)
4th floor The Women's House of peace,
38-84 Jangchoong-Dong1ga, Joong-Ku,
Seoul, 100-391, Korea

E-mail address of organization

wmp@peacewomen.or.kr

Website address of organization

http://www.peacewomen.or.kr

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