Debora Maria Da Silva

Overview

Débora Maria Da Silva born Recife, Brazil August 21, 1960. Founded Mothers of May seeking justice for government slaughter of 600 citizens Sao Paulo May 2006; FOR peace award 2016.

Quotations

We suffer anguish because the impunity is what hurts the most. People raise a child and the state kills it. Mothers don't symbolize death, but life.” (“Mothers of May”, April 28, 2010 upsidedownworld.com; photo gettyimages.com)

Erica-Irene Daes

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Erica-Irene Daes born Chania, Crete September 18, 1925. Greek human rights advocate; UN human rights prize 1993; Chair/Rapporter UN Working Group on Indigenous Populations 1982 which produced Draft Declaration of Rights of Indigenous Peoples 1993, adopted by General Assembly 2007.

Quotations

Power can never completely crush a people that cherishes its heritage—nor can power ever completely liberate a people that has abandoned its heritage.” (“Protecting Knowledge”, Feb. 23, 2000; photo web.stu.edu)

Birgitta Dahl

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Birgitta Dahl born Råda, Sweden September 20, 1937. Swedish sustainable development expert: member of parliament 1968-2002, Speaker 1994-2002, Minister for Energy 1982-90; UN delegate; opposed Vietnam War.

Quotations

"What we saw and experienced was incomprehensible, horrific—the results of the environmental war, of the electronic war applied on a large scale for the first time." (memorial to Helge Henschen, Aug. 29, 2002; photo www.varldsinfektionsfonden.se)

Daniela Dahn

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Daniela Dahn born Berlin, Germany October 9, 1949. German journalist and peace writer.

Quotations

Wars are not won by peoples, only by governments. A minority gains exactly what the majority has to pay for. This has always been the case. But why have people put up with it for thousands of years? The longer one ponders the less can be grasped. Thinking is a quite rational affair, waging war on the other hand a quite irrational one.” (speech on Aachen Peace Prize, 2002; photo kultur-des-friedens.de)

Mary Shanthi Dairiam

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Mary Shanthi Dairiam born Malaysia September 17, 1937. International expert on human rights of women; UN Human Rights Commission investigator of Gaza Flotilla episode 2010; co-founder International Women Rights Action Watch Asia Pacific 1993.

Quotations

"There is clear evidence to support prosecutions of the following crimes within the terms of article 147 of the Fourth Geneva Convention: willful killing; torture or inhuman treatment; willfully causing great suffering or serious injury to body or health." (UN doc.A/HRC/15/21; photo newagebd.com)

Jeanne d'Albret

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Jeanne d’Albret, Queen of Navarre, born St. Germain-en-Laye November 16, 1528 (d. 1572). Daughter of peacemaker Queen Marguerite of Navarre. Ruler of Protestant kingdom during Wars of Religion, 1555-72. Principal negotiator of the Peace of Saint-Germain-en-Laye, which gave Protestants right to public office, 1570.

Quotations

To the valiant of heart, nothing is impossible.” (motto adopted by her son Henry IV, in Martha Freer, The Reign of Henry IV, 1861)

[G]rant peace, with tranquility, to this realm. . . consider. . . the torrents of blood which must flow, and the iniquities certain to be committed during this cruel war. . . ” (letter to Catherine de Medici, Nov. 1569, in Martha Freer, Life, 1855, pp. 301-3, cited by Nancy Roelker, Queen, 1968, p. 334; 1570 portrait Wikipedia)

Kata Dalstrom

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Kata Dalström born Emtöholm, Kalmar, Sweden December 18, 1858 (d. 1923). Swedish author; Christian Socialist; communist; opposed World War I; anti-war leader in peaceful separation of Norway, 1905; later Buddhist and Theosophist.

Quotations

"Let the union go. The bridge uniting the workers of our two countries will never break down." (May 1, 1905; photo wikicommons pd)

Clare Daly

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Clare Daly born Newbridge, Kildare, Ireland April 11, 1968. Irish politician. Socialist Member of Parliament, 2011. Arrested for scaling Shannon fence to inspect US planes for illegal arms, 2014. Charged President Obama as hypocrite for supplying arms to Syrian rebels.

Quotations

[T]this man is a war criminal. . . This is the man who has facilitated a 200 percent increase in the use of drones, which have killed thousands of people including hundreds of children. . . there certainly isn’t much peace [in Syria].” (Huffington Post, June 21, 2013; photo Irish Mirror)

Marie-Therese Danielsson

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Marie-Thérèse Danielsson born Le Thillot, Vosges, France October 18, 1924 (d. 2003). Ethnologist; recipient of Right Livelihood Award for campaign against French nuclear tests in Polynesia, 1991; leader of WILPF Polynesia.

Quotations

"There has been a gradual increase in French Polynesia of radiation-induced diseases such as leukemia, thyroid cancers and brain tumours." (Right Livelihood acceptance speech, Dec. 9, 1991; photo Right Livelihood)

Valentine Dannevig

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Valentine Dannevig born Tønsberg, Norway June 17, 1872 (d. 1962). Norwegian educator and internationalist. Sole female member of League of Nations Permanent Mandates Commission, 1928-40. WILPF founding member, 1915; founding member of Norwegian WILPF.

Quotations

“[T]he granting of female suffrage should be regarded as a right devolving on women in civilised States. The granting of the right of voting to Jewish women would eventually have an effect upon and raise the standard of the Arab women.” (June 27, 1933, League Mandates Commission; photo muse.jhu.edu)

Margaretta D'Arcy

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Margaretta D’arcy born Finsbury, London, England June 14, 1934. Prominent Irish playwright and actress; peace activist. Member of Committee of 100, advocating civil disobedience against nuclear weapons, 1961. Arrested for human rights protest, Assam, India, 1969; jailed 3 weeks for Women’s Day protest against imperialism, 1978. Directed Yellow Gate Women, a film celebrating Greenham protests, where she was arrested. Jailed 3 weeks for Armagh H-Block protest, 1979; spent another 3 weeks in jail for Women Against Imperialism protest, Armagh, 1980. Arrested at Shannon Airport for peaceful die-in protesting US military presence, 2012.

Quotations

I am a whistle blower. . . The people of the World have said No to WAR.” (organizedrage.com, Sept. 19, 2013; photo feministbook.blog)

Thora Daugaard

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Theodora “Thora” Daugaard born Store Arden, Denmark October 22, 1874 (d. 1951). Danish editor, feminist, pacifist founder WILPF 1915; resolution for WW I cease fire; active in resistance to Hitler, aiding Jewish refugees.

Quotations

We want war no longer. We no longer want it explained that we women are protected by war. No, we are raped by war!” (April 28, 1915, to founding conference; Report, p. 81; photo Danish Peace Academy)

Serafina Dávalos

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Serafina Dávalos Alfonze born Ajos (now Coronel Oviedo), Paraguay September 25, 1883 (d. 1957). Pioneer feminist; first woman lawyer, Supreme Court justice 1908-9; professor and founder university; founded Committee of Women for Peace 1904 trying to prevent civil war.

Quotations

"The democratic character of the State is pure ‘myth’, because ‘democracy’, which means sine qua non equality, freedom. . . cannot admit privileges of birth, being born male or female." (Int. Feminist Conference, 1910, in Michelle Bachelet, Leuven, June 10, 2015; photo abc.com.py)

Marama Davidson

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Marama Davidson born Auckland, New Zealand December 29, 1973. Māori Green member of New Zealand parliament, 2005. Illegally detained aboard Women’s Boat to Gaza, in nonviolent effort to aid Gaza; held two days, 2016.

Quotations

We are calling on Israel to lift this inhumane blockade and help the people of Gaza to rebuild their homes and lives.” (stuf.co, Oct. 7, 2016; photo home.greens.org)

Josephine Davis

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Josephine Davis (née Kowin) born England July 29, 1929 (d. 2012). Canadian peace activist; environmentalist; first vice-president of anti-nuclear group Voice of Women, 1960.

Quotations

Since we are opposed to the whole concept of nuclear war, and since we feel that the further spread of nuclear weapons increases the possibility of a nuclear war, we feel fully justified in taking this stand on this basis.” (to Premier Diefenbacker, in McMahon, Essence of Indecision, p. 81; photo obitsforlife.com)