February 16

Women peacemakers born today

  • 1870 Leonora O'Reilly born New York, NY (d. 1927). Labor leader; anarchist; socialist; co-founder of WILPF. Opposed World War I.

Women's peacemaking on this day

  • 1943 Mildred Fish Harnack guillotined by Hitler for resistance to Nazi regime.
  • 1989 Gunilla Ikenberg arrested in Sweden for damaging missile launcher.
  • 2012 Hana al-Shalabi began hunger strike after her arrest by Israel.
  • 2015 The Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs hosted the international symposium “Women: Powerful Agents for Peace and Security.”

  • 2017 Three young Jewish women arrested for refusal to serve in military and take part in occupation.