April 16

Women peacemakers born today

  • 1937 Colette Flesch born Dudelange, Luxembourg. President, Council of Europe, 1980; Luxembourg Foreign Minister, 1980-84; Director-General European Commission, 1990-1999.

  • 1938 Alice Slater born New York, NY. Anti-nuclear activist; attorney. Director of the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation; president of Global Resource Action Center for the Environment (GRACE); co-founder of Abolition 2000.

  • 1941 Sucheng Chan born Chicago, IL. First Asian-American provost of University of California; founder of first department of Asian-American studies, Santa Barbara.

  • 1963 Aleta Baun born Lelobatan, Molo, Timor, Indonesia. Led 150 women in year-long nonviolent protest against marble mining, 2010. Awarded Goldman Environmental Prize, 2013.

  • 1977 Ingrid Fiskaa born Bryne, Norway. Norwegian politician and peace activist. Socialist Left Deputy in Parliament, 1997-2005, 2009-13. Spokesperson for Peace Initiative Against Iraq War, 2002-03; led protest against troops in Iraq, 2005. Led Peace Initiative, 2005-06. State Secretary for Environment and International Development, 2009; chaired Peace Support Group in Nepal, 2011. Led protests against NATO presence in Afghanistan.

Women's peacemaking on this day

  • 1922 Children's Crusade for Amnesty for political prisoners organized by Kate Richards O'Hare departed St. Louis for Washington DC.

  • 1960 Ella Baker organized a student conference on nonviolence at Shaw University, leading to the creation of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee.

  • 2003 Five-year-old daughter of Christine Manes was pulled from her arms as she was arrested at Boeing Protest, St. Charles, MO.

  • 2005 Aid worker Marla Ruzicka killed by suicide bomber, Baghdad.

  • 2005 Tina Richards arrested for sit-in at US House Speaker Pelosi's office.