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Mairead Maguire visits North Korea on peace mission

By Lesley Houston

Published 18/05/2015

Irish Nobel Peace Prize laureate Mairead Maguire
Irish Nobel Peace Prize laureate Mairead Maguire

Nobel Peace Prize winner Mairead Maguire is undertaking a peace mission to the world's most secretive country.

The woman, who was behind the Peace People in the 1970s with Betty Williams, is to be hailed as a shining example of reconciliation in a special event in North Korea.

A documentary of the Nobel laureate's founding role in the Peace People's marches will form part of a symposium of like-minded women activists in the capital, Pyongyang.

The Northern Ireland film will be shown before delegates make a procession from North Korea to the demilitarised zone between it and South Korea, in the Women Cross DMZ event.

Mrs Maguire is co-chairing next week's event with American feminist author Gloria Steinem, with other key figures including Nobel laureate Leymah Gbowee, retired US army colonel Ann Wright and fellow Northern Ireland delegate Ann Patterson.

"The more you make peace the more you have dialogue, the more people listen to each other," Ms Maguire said.

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