Women peacemakers born today
1929 Emma Mashinini born Rosettenville, Johannesburg. Headed South African Truth and Reconciliation Commission 1986; union leader arrested 1981 held 6 months solitary; president of Mediation and Conciliation Centre Johannesburg.
1947 Margaret Chan Feng Fu-chun born Hong Kong. Director-General UN World Health Organization 2006-12; led global fight against Ebola epidemic.
1949 Nicole Kiil-Nielsen born Larchamp, Mayenne, France. French Green politician; elected European Parliament, 2009, serving on Foreign Affairs Committee; anti-nuclear activist since 1960s; aboard “Say Human” Freedom Flotilla II ship “Dignité” to Gaza, 2011.
1974 Hafsat Abiola-Costello born Ikeja, Lagos, Nigeria. Nigerian human rights activist; founded Kudirat Initiative for Democracy (KIND), 1999; China Africa Bridge, 2008. Cambridge Peace Commission Youth Peace award 1997; Goi Peace Award 2016.
1991 Ahlem Nasraoui born Sbeitla, Kasserine, Tunisia. Leader of Arab Spring; maintains peace blog Peaceholics. Founded Creativo Club for peaceful protest through arts; founded Young Leaders Entrepreneurs. Celebrated International Women's Day 2014 with human chain peace symbol.
Women's peacemaking on this day
1822 Nonviolent lecturer Lucretia Mott accepted as Quaker minister by Philadelphia Women Friends.
1905 Universal Peace Conference Mt. Lebanon PA organized by Shaker Anna White.
1921 Conclusion of Niagara Falls Conference which founded Women's Peace Union.
1947 First Inter-American Congress of Women, Guatemala sponsored by WILPF.
1991 European Women's Peace Caravan Sarajevo called for world peace.
1992 Four Women of Global Peace Farmers asked end to nuclear weapons, Concord CA.
2012 Women's Peace Group protested bomb symposium at Naval Postgraduate School, Portola CA led by Ms. MacGregor Eddy.