Iconic women's rights activist Gloria Steinem may be in North Korea, but she is as outspoken as ever.

In an interview with The Associated Press, the 81-year-old feminism pioneer says she decided to join a group of women in a rare walk across the Demilitarized Zone dividing North and South Korea because she thinks efforts to force change by isolating the North have failed.

Still, she says she has no intention of letting the North off the hook for its human rights record.

Steinem and 29 women from 15 countries are set to walk on Sunday after obtaining green light from both governments.

It wasn't easy, and the women had to alter their plans to go through the symbolic truce village where the Korean War armistice was signed in 1953.