April 26

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?”