Christine Ahn

Founder, Executive Director Women Cross DMZ

Region(s): Asia
Country of focus: North Korea, South Korea
Based in Honolulu

Christine Ahn (@christineahn) is the founder and executive director of  Women Cross DMZ, a global movement of women mobilizing to end the Korean War, reunite families, and ensure women’s leadership in peace building. In 2015, Women Cross DMZ organized women’s peace symposiums in Pyongyang and Seoul, a women’s peace walk with 10,000 Korean women on both sides of the De-Militarized Zone (DMZ), and a historic crossing of the DMZ from North to South Korea with 30 women peacemakers from fifteen countries.

She is co-founder of the Korea Peace Network, Korea Policy Institute, Global Campaign to Save Jeju Island and National Campaign to End the Korean War. She has addressed the United Nations, U.S. Congress, Republic of Korea’s National Human Rights Commission, and Canadian Parliament. Christine has been a policy analyst at the Global Fund for Women, Oakland Institute, Institute for Food & Development Policy, and the Nautilus Institute for Security and Sustainable Development.

A columnist with Foreign Policy In Focus, her writings have been widely published in The New York Times, San Francisco Chronicle, CNN, Fortune, The Hill, South China Morning Post and The Nation.

She has appeared on Al Jazeera, Anderson Cooper 360, BBC, CBC, CNN, Democracy Now!, NBC Today Show, NPR, the Samantha Bee Show, and Voice of America.