Women peacemakers born today
1936 Julieta Casimiro born Huautla de Jiménez, Oaxaca, Mexico. Mazatec leader. Member of International Council of 13 Indigenous Grandmothers.
1940 Carla Brooks Johnston born Rochester, NY (d. 2011). Civic reformer; professor of public policy; environmentalist. Led reform of Somerville, Massachusetts politics, 1966-72; co-founder and historian of Nuclear Freeze, 1980; mayor of Sanibel, Florida, 2005-07.
1943 Annalena Tonelli born Forli, Romagna, Italy (d. 2003). Italian aid worker. Brought the Wagalla Massacre to light; saved Somalis thought to be dead, 1984. Received Nansen Refugee Award, 2003.
1952 Christine Van Den Wyngaert born Antwerp, Belgium. Former singer and songwriter; professor of international law. Judge of World Court in arrest warrant case, 2000-02; judge of Yugoslav War Crimes Tribunal (ICTY), 2003-09; judge International Criminal Court, 2009-present. League of Human Rights prizewinner, 2006.
1955 Maha Chakri Sirindhorn born Bangkok, Thailand. Thai educator. Received Magsaysay Award, 1991; Indira Gandhi Peace Prize, 2004. UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador, 2005.
1963 Phan Thi Kim Phuc born Trảng Bàng, Vietnam. Famed as 9-year-old fleeing bombs, 1972. UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador, 1994. Founded foundation for child victims of war, 1997.
1971 Christine Buchholz (née Bruchköbel) born Hamburg, Germany. German peace activist. Co-founder of antiwar Left party; Leftist Member of Parliament, 2009. Opposed German arms exports and deployment of troops abroad.
Women's peacemaking on this day
1212 Blessed Agnes of Assisi joined the nonviolent peace community of St. Clare.
1917 Pacifist Jeannette Rankin took her seat in House of Representatives as first woman in the house.
1942 Joyce Allen was first woman brought before British tribunal on conscientious objection. "It's idiotic for a species to go to war. And from a Christian point of view there's no excuse for it. ‘Thou shalt not kill.’"
1971 Following a 10-day, 450-mile hike from Newton, MA, Louise Bruyn arrived at the Capitol to speak out against the Vietnam War. “Stop This War!”
1984 Major Eviction of Women from Greenham failed.
2002 In the West Bank town of Beit Jala, Australian Kate Edwards was shot and severely wounded by the Israeli army during a nonviolent protest by International Solidarity Movement.