Women peacemakers born today
1893 Dorothy Detzer born Ft. Wayne, IN (d. 1981). WILPF National Secretary 1924-46; organized post-WW I Quaker relief to Austria and Russia; lobbied against arms makers and military training; advocated for women in international organizations.
1901 Kothainayaki Ammal born Chengalapattu, Tamil Nadu (d. 1960). Author of 115 novels; playwright; classical singer and composer; editor; speaker; supporter of Vinoba Bhave's nonviolence efforts. Indian freedom fighter; Gandhian follower; twice imprisoned, once for eight months.
1937 Mervat Tallawy born Minya, Upper Egypt. Egyptian diplomat; international administrator; feminist leader; Executive Secretary Economic and Social Commission for West Asia (ECSWA) 2001; chair UN Committee on Elimination of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) 1991-93; Ambassador to UN agencies Vienna 1988-91; Deputy Director UN Institute for the Advancement of Women (INSTRAW) 1982-89; delegate to Middle East peace talks 1992-94.
1954 Medha Patkar born Bombay, India. Gandhian; nonviolent protester against Narvada dams; march and fast for life, 1986; recipient of Right Livelihood Award, 1991.
Women's peacemaking on this day
1896 Ghanaian women's nonviolent protest, Accra.
1914 Aletta Jacobs proposed women's peace conference which led to the creation of WILPF.
1949 People’s Republic hosted first Asian Women’s Conference, Beijing.
1955 Rosa Parks started bus boycott in "the decisive arrest" of the Civil Rights movement.
1985 Melbourne women began two-week vigil at US Consulate against US war machine.
1990 Five women and one man arrested in Gulf War protest at Westover Field, Chicopee, MA.
1997 37 Sudanese women arrested in Khartoum for silent march against the draft.
2001 World Satyagraha for Afghan women organized by Emma Bonino; 4,000+ women fasted.
2006 Sonia Sanchez and Grannies for Peace tried for Philadelphia protest.
2009 Catherine Ashton appointed first High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy of the European Union, dictating foreign policy.
2014 Wong Tsz-yuet, 17, and Lo Yin-wai, 18, of Hong Kong began hunger strike for democracy.