Women peacemakers born today
1976 Esther Ouwehand born Katwijk, Holland, Netherlands. Nonviolent Gandhian. Co-founder of Party for the Animals, 2002; elected to Parliament, 2006.
1984 Shiva Nazar-Ahari born Tehran, Iran. Human rights activist. Repeatedly arrested; imprisoned, 2001.
Women's peacemaking on this day
1846 Lucretia Mott's speech in Exeter, England began her public peace testimony.
1916 Great Women's Peace Crusade launched Glasgow by Helen Crawfurd; first women's anti-militarization campaign.
1917 In Scotland, Women’s Peace Crusade began 3-week protest against World War I.
1960 Canadian VOW (Voice of Women) held first meeting Massey Hall, Toronto.
1980 Women Against War Forum held New York University by Women, USA led by Bella Abzug.
1989 Women's Convoy to Central America left from nine cities for Texas.
1992 Belgrade Women in Black: "We wear black for the death of all the victims of war. We wear black because the people have been thrown out of their homes, because women have been raped, because cities and villages have been burned and destroyed."
2010 Start of 16 Days Campaign against gender violence. Center for Women's Global Leadership, Rutgers, NJ. "From Peace in the Home to Peace in the World: Let’s Challenge Militarism and End Violence Against Women!"