An international group of female peace activists crossed the heavily militarized border between North and South Korea earlier today. The group of about 30 members, called WomenCrossDMZ, included notable women like Gloria Steinem and Nobel Peace laureates, Leymah Gbowee and Mairead Maguire.

“It was an enormous, enormous triumph,” Steinem told ABC “We feel very celebratory and positive that we have created a voyage across the DMZ in peace and reconciliation that was said to be impossible.”

ABC reports that hundreds of South Korean women greeted the activists and joined them to cross a heavily fortified bridge. Others, however, were less convinced by the group’s gesture.

“They don’t deserve to come here,” one woman shouted at a small protest near the border. “There’s no peace in North Korea and they go and praise Kim Jong-Un and his family? There are millions starving to death but these women are blind to reality.”

The purpose of the event was “not political,” according to WomenCrossDMZ, but meant to “open dialogue.”


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