July 26

Women peacemakers born today

  • 1940 Anna Abdallah born Southern Tanzania. Nurse; held four major cabinet posts: Minister of Health, Agriculture and Community Development, Public Works, Local Government. Initiated Creators of Peace for a just, peaceful and sustainable world.

  • 1947 Meredith Burgmann born Beecroft, Sydney, Australia. Professor; UN development consultant. Australian Labor Party politician; 15-year member of New South Wales Senate; Senate President, 1999-2007. Arrested 21 times, including for running on field of Sydney Cricket Ground during the South African rugby team's Australian tour to protest apartheid, 1971; later sentenced to two months in prison. Opposed Vietnam War and nuclear weapons; publicly opposed Iraq War.

  • 1952 Claudia Fritsche born Liechtenstein. Ambassador to UN 1990-2002, US 2000-2002.

Women's peacemaking on this day

  • 1983 Barbara Deming joined Women's Peace Walk to Seneca arms depot at Northwoods, NY.

  • 1985 Nairobi Conference on Women last ended 4 pm.

  • 1996 Graça Machel's report to UN on child soldiers.

  • 2002 Thousands of women from Christian Women Initiatives in Liberia called for a neutral force for peace.

  • 2015 Mothers Against War protested the Japanese government’s move to remove constitutional prohibition of war. "Our children were not born to be killed or to kill others."