August 25

Women peacemakers born today

  • 1876 Eglantyne Jebb born Ellesmere, Shropshire (d. 1928). Founded Save the Children 1919 in response to postwar famine; author of Declaration of Rights of Children 1924.

  • 1962 Taslima Nasrin born Mymensingh, East Pakistan. Bangladeshi doctor, poet, novelist, essayist; human rights activist; UNESCO prize for nonviolence 2004; exiled 1994; expelled from India after seven months house arrest.

  • 1962 Mutaba Tadjibaeva born Margilan, Fergana, USSR. Uzbekistan human rights activist; founded Fiery Hearts Club of activists; founded Civil Society movement; Martin Ennals Human Rights Prize 2008; Nobel Peace Prize nominee 2005; arrested and raped 2002; arrested 2005, sentenced 8 years, tortured, served 30 months.

  • 1963 Tiina Intelmann born Tallinn, Estonia. Estonian diplomat. First woman to head Assembly of State Parties, the oversight and legislative body of the International Criminal Court, 2011.

Women's peacemaking on this day

  • 1964 Fannie Lou Hamer took seat at Democratic National Convention in protest against exclusion.

  • 1983 International Consultation on Women, Militarism and Disarmament, Gyor Hungary through 28th.

  • 1984 1000 Danish women demonstrated at Viborg Peace Camp.

  • 1986 10,000 Nigerian women blockaded Ekpan refinery in protest for rights.

  • 2008 18-year-old student Sahar Vardi imprisoned for refusing Israeli military service.

  • 2011 100,000 umbrellas protest Santiago Chile for educational reform.

  • 2014 In Valladolid, Spain, women hung bras on city hall to protest the mayor's comments blaming women for rape.