April 5

Women peacemakers born today

  • 1921 Patricia Ford, Lady Fisher born North Down, Northern Ireland (d. 1996). First Irish woman member of British parliament; founded Women Caring Trust to rescue children from civil violence, 1972.

  • 1944 Elizabeth Lira Kornfeld born Santiago, Chile. Professor of Psychology; worked with victims of torture Chile, Salvador 1992-96, Guatemala 1999-2001; promoted postwar political reconciliation in Latin America.

  • 1981 Bahareh Hedayat born Tehran, Iran. Iranian feminist and student leader.

Women's peacemaking on this day

  • 1955 Nagasaki survivor Kikue Ihara speech to English guildswomen led to formation of CND.
  • 1958 First night of Aldermaston March spent in the rain at Hounslow.
  • 1989 Aung San Suu Kyi faced six soldier assassins, told her supporters to stand aside, and walked up to them.
  • 2013 The Global Network of Women Peacebuilders released the report Kinshasa Call to Action—Women Speak, Women Act for Peace!