2021 International Seminar on Peace in Asia and the Role of Women

On the occasion of the 30th anniversary of the first meeting of the Seminar on Peace in Asia and the Role of Women (1991-1993), a coalition of 11 Korean women’s groups will hold the 2021 International Seminar on Peace in Asia and the Role of Women on 25 November 2021. GPPAC is honoured to co-sponsor this historic event, including financial support as part of the project “Ulaanbaatar Process: A Civil Society Approach to Building Peace in Northeast Asia” funded by the European Union’s Instrument contributing to Stability and Peace (IcSP).

Women from both the DPRK and ROK, with the support of Japanese women, met together for the first time at the Seminar on “Peace in Asia and the Role of Women” in Tokyo in May 1991. At that time, women from both Koreas agreed to continue discussions and meetings via the Seminar. They reunited in Seoul in 1991 and Pyongyang in 1992, and held the fourth seminar in Tokyo in 1993. In September 1992, particularly, women from the two Koreas agreed to cooperate to resolve Japanese colonial history by raising international public opinion and interest. Since then inter-Korean women’s cooperation and exchanges in the support of global women groups have been performed and joint efforts have been made for building peace and achieving unification.

The year 2021 is a very important and desperate time for everyone to work together, not only to improve inter-Korean relations, which are currently in a difficult situation, but also to eliminate obstacles that hinder peace in the land. In this critical and severe time, ROK women’s groups are actively participating in solidarity activities at home and abroad for an end to the war and for peace and unification. In that sense, solidarity and cooperation among women on the peninsula and in the region are more urgent than ever.

For this, a coalition of eleven women’s groups formed an organizing committee to hold the 30th anniversary “2021 International Seminar on Peace in Asia and the Role of Women” in celebration of the 30th anniversary of the Seminar. Its objectives include:

  1. To review achievements and challenges on Peace in Asia and the Role of Women in celebration of the 30th anniversary of the Seminar (1991 – 1993)
  2. To discuss current challenges from women’s perspectives and find common grounds to build peace on the peninsular and in the region under the recent situation in East Asia

The seminar is to be held on 25 November 2021 at 14:00 (Korea Standard Time, KST) on-line. Please see the image below for the full programme. All are welcome to join this historic event – register here: https://bit.ly/3GkdPTj

Presentation materials can be downloaded as a booklet in English and Korean here:


(See below images for information in Korean language)

“2021 아시아의 평화와 여성의 역할 국제토론회”(웨비나) 안내
– 올 한해 여성단체들이 함께 만들고 준비했습니다. 많은 관심과 참여 부탁드립니다!!

일시 : 2021년 11월 25일(금) 오후 2시~5시 40분
주제 : 여성들이 말하는 한반도와 동아시아의 지속가능한 평화의 길“
등록 : https://bit.ly/3GkdPTj

1991년 11월 25일 서울에서 열린 “아시아의 평화와 여성의 역할”토론회(2차)를 기념하여 한국의 여성단체들이 “2021 아시아의 평화와 여성의 역할 국제토론회”(웨비나)를 개최합니다.

이 토론회는 〈1부 : 아세아의 평화와 여성의 역할 토론회 개최 30년, 성과와 과제〉, 〈2부 : 여성들이 바라본 한반도와 동아시아의 갈등과 평화, 지속가능한 평화를 위한 여성평화운동의 과제 제안>으로 진행됩니다. 많은 관심과 참여 부탁드립니다.

문의 : 02-929-4846 (평화를만드는여성회)

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