Women peacemakers born today
1792 Thankful Hussey Southwick born Portland, ME (d. 1867). Co-founder of world's first nonviolent society, New England Non-Resistance Society Boston 1838; active abolitionist and suffragist Quaker; president of Boston Female Anti-Slavery Society.
1860 Charlotte Perkins Gilman born Hartford, CT (d. 1935). Feminist author and sociologist. Co-founded Women’s Peace Party, 1915.
1886 Tano Jodai born Daito, Yamagata, Japan (d. 1982). Japanese educator and peace activist; Quaker. International WILPF leader; UNESCO Council member. Founded first Japanese peace group Japanese Woman’s Peace Association, which became Japanese chapter of WILPF, 1921.
1897 Hansa Mehta born Surat, Gujarat, India (d. 1995). Nonviolent freedom fighter twice arrested in Gandhi's Salt Campaign; served five months in prison; feminist editor, educator and playwright; first Indian delegate to UN Human Rights Commission which drafted Universal Declaration, insisting that instead of "men" it read "all human beings are created free and equal"; chaired UN Human Rights committee on enforcement of rights; advocated Human Rights court; first delegate on UN Commission on Women; gave first Indian flag on behalf of women 1947; drafted Indian constitution; member of WILPF.
1900 Maria Rabaté (née Bernuchon) born Moncontour, Vienne, France (d. 1985). French Communist politician dedicated to postwar peace, opposing wars in Vietnam, Korea, Algiers, and to nuclear weapons.
1915 Inga Thorsson born Malmö, Sweden (d. 1994). Disarmament expert; Nobel prize nominee; ambassador to UN 1966, 1970-82, to Israel 1964; headed Swedish delegation to UN Disarmament Conferences 1974-82; member of parliament; founded first Swedish peace corps (SCI) camp Tostarp 1937; proposed first world environment conference; member WILPF.
Women's peacemaking on this day
1983 Women for Peace protested East Berlin: Barbara Linke, Katja Havemann, Gisela Metz.
2010 30 Women in Black demonstrated Belgrade as reminder of Srebrenica massacre.
2011 Women's Initiative for Peace opened six-day WINPeace Conflict Resolution Camp for Greek, Turkish, and Cypriot Youth at Istanbul's Robert College.
2015 The Somalian government appointed six women as prosecutors to fight corruption and advocate for women and children victims of crime.