Erica-Irene Daes

Overview

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)

Vera Micheles Dean

Overview

Vera Micheles Dean born Petrograd, Russia March 29, 1903 (d. 1972). Russian-American political scientist and policy specialist. Foreign Policy Association research director, 1928-1961; adviser to American delegation to UN and UNRRA. Early advocate of rapprochement with USSR; anti-imperialist.

Quotations

“[Nuclear war] deprives the great powers of the advantage they have had for centuries over the non-western peoples—the advantage of superior weapons—and gives the weaker underdeveloped nations the opportunity to use the weapon Gandhi made his own—the weapon of non-violent moral suasion.” (The Nature of-the Non-Western World, 1957, p. 258)

Hilal Demir

Overview

Hilal Demir born Turkey July 25, 1979. Turkish sculptor, feminist, nonviolent anarchist; founded Antimilitarist Feminists 1999; Izmir War Resisters 1997-2002; Izmir Nonviolent Training Institute.

Quotations

I WANT to live free and happy in a world where there is no war, nor any kind of violence.” (May 13, 2005 declaration of conscientious objection; photo of WRI candidates, 2006)

Mariateresa Di Lascia

Overview

Mariateresa Di Lascia born Rocchetta Sant'Antonio, Foggia, Italy June 3, 1954 (d. 1994) Radical Italian reformer; author. Coordinated Survival 82 international campaign against world hunger; co-founded Hunger Day in sympathy with victims of Balkan War, 1992. Opposed nuclear weapons, 1984. Her story “Vigil” condemned all forms of violence, 1992; co-founded Hands off Cain campaign against the death penalty, 1993. (photo tusquetseditores)

Maria Di Rienzo

Overview

Maria Di Rienzo born Palmanova, Udine, Italy June 4. Co-author of book Women Disarming about nonviolent women, 2003; feminist journalist, novelist, playwright; nonviolence trainer.

Quotations

"Nonviolence wants to create a world which is: - so of life, a world that values all that is alive; - Loving and empathetic: a world that cares for the people who live in the world; - Egalitarian: a world that values every single individual; - Cooperative: a world that encourages sharing between all and everyone; Democratic: a world that responds equally to the needs and desires of each, in which everyone takes responsibility for oneself; - Joyful: a world in which there is room for laughter and love and play." (notizie con frame; cbditalia.it; photo centodonnecenobici)