Women Cross DMZ International Webinar
April 18, 2017
7 pm EST
“We defend Japan. We defend Germany. We defend South Korea. We defend Saudi Arabia. We defend countries. They do not pay us what they should be paying us because we are providing a tremendous service and we’re losing a fortune.”
-- Donald Trump during 1st presidential debate
To the contrary, the governments of South Korea and Japan have paid billions to support US bases in their countries, as part of their obligations as U.S. allies.
On April 18, millions of Americans will pay their taxes, which will go towards financing the $596 billion dollar military industrial complex, the world’s largest, and more than the next nine largest spenders combined. In 2017, President Trump has requested an additional $54 billion for so-called defense, a 10 percent increase, while making drastic cuts to social welfare programs for children, women, and the elderly.
On Tax Day, Women Cross DMZ will host an international webinar with leading women experts from South Korea, Japan and the United States on the true costs of the unresolved Korean conflict on women’s security in their countries.
Jeong-ae Ahn-Kim, Representative of Women Making Peace, South Korea
Kozue Akibayashi, WILPF International President, Doshisha University, Japan
Kathy Crandall Robinson, Senior Fellow, Women in International Security, USA
Moderated by Christine Ahn, Women Cross DMZ, USA
From the current deployment of the THAAD missile defense system to South Korea to the long-standing resistance to US bases in Okinawa to the impact that the Trump budget will have on U.S. women and children, these experts will present information on how the heavy allocation of resources to military build up and preparations for war jeopardizes women’s progress and everyday security.
Please join us in this discussion and take action to redirect bloated military spending in all our countries toward unmet human and environmental needs.