The Monitor's View A women's peace walk across the Koreas

A group of international women, including Nobel Peace Prize winners, plan to walk between North and South Korea in hopes the two nations will sign a peace pact. Their efforts reflect a rise in women as conflict mediators.

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Sometimes a simple gesture of hope can change attitudes about an intractable problem. In 1971, for example, an American ping-pong team played in Beijing, helping end decades of cold-war hostility between China and the United States.