December 2

Women peacemakers born today

  • 1882 Helene Monastier born Payerne, Switzerland (d. 1976). Quaker; co-founder of first nonviolent peace corps, Service Civil International (SCI), 1920, whose motto is "Deeds, not words."

  • 1934 Sissela Bok born Stockholm, Sweden. Nonviolent philosopher; daughter of Nobel prize winner Alva Myrdal.

  • 1943 Sheila Watt-Cloutier born Kuujjuaq, Nunavik, Northern Quebec, Canada. Inuit leader; environmental activist; Right Livelihood Award winner, 2015; Nobel prize nominee 2007; UN Champion of the Earth 2004.

Women's peacemaking on this day

  • 1949 UN Convention on Suppression of Traffic in Women approved by General Assembly.

  • 1955 Prof. Jo Ann Robinson organized Montgomery bus boycott.

  • 1982 First performance of "Missile America Contest" at Westlake Mall, Seattle.

  • 1987 Carmen Mendieta and two other women leaders blown up by Contra mine near Piawas, Nicaragua.

  • 1990 First Clothesline Project Hyannis by Rachel Carey-Harper.

  • 2011 Six FEMEN women made topless protest at Euro games, Kiev.

  • 2011 Norma Andrade, founder of "Our Daughters Return Home" shot in Ciudad, Juarez.

  • 2013 800 members of WOZA held two peaceful protests as they petitioned Parliament on gender-based violence. “We have our rights!”