Women peacemakers born today
1928 Amélie Scheltema born Boston, MA. Marine biologist at Woods Hole Institute; draft counselor in Vietnam War; Quaker conflict resolution trainer.
1936 Joan Chittister. Benedictine nun, author and lecturer; co-chair of Global Peace Initiative of Women, 2002. Partnered with UN in dialog with Iraqi women, 2006.
1952 Anita Ušacka born Riga, Latvia. Professor of humanitarian law. Executive Director of UNICEF Latvia, 1994-96. First judge of Latvian constitutional court, 1996-2004. Judge of International Criminal Court, Appeals Division, 2003; President of Appeals Division, 2011-12.
Women's peacemaking on this day
1962 Norma Becker led 3,000 people to the United Nations in Vietnam Peace Parade anti-nuclear protest.
1932 Gandhi endorsed Maude Royden's idea of a Peace Army to end the Sino-Japanese War.
1970 French feminists placed wreath on tomb of Unknown Soldier. "There is another unknown than this soldier, his wife."
2002 First UN Ombudsman appointed: Patricia Durrant of Jamaica.
2014 South Sudanese Women Civil Society Organizations met in Juba to propose peaceful resolution for violent conflicts in the region. “Who will wipe our tears?”