Women peacemakers born today
1926 Judith Malina born Kiel, Germany. American pioneer of political theater; founded Living Theater, 1947. Active in War Resisters League and Women Strike for Peace. Refused taxes for Vietnam.
1940 Adelaide Aglietta born Turin, Italy (d. 2000). Politician; Gandhian disciple. Italian Radical Party Parliament delegate, 1979-85, 1987-89. Headed Green Party in European Parliament, opposing Gulf War and supporting ecological responsibility, 1990-94; member of European Parliament, 1989-99.
1958 Kimberly Prost born Canada. UN Security Council Ombudsman on sanctions, 2010; judge on Yugoslav War Crimes Tribunal, 2006-10.
1975 Angelina Jolie born Los Angeles. Actress; anti-landmine activist. UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador, 2001.
Women's peacemaking on this day
- 1966 Three Vietnamese women immolated themselves, including 27-year-old Thich Nu Dieu Tri at Dha Trang pagoda; also Thich Nu Bao Luan.
- 1970 24-year-old Thich Nu Lien Tap immolated herself in Vietnam.
- 1999 Navi Pillay of South Africa named President of Rwanda War Crimes Tribunal.
- 2011 First European Slut Walk protesting sex violence, Amsterdam, 700 women; first Latin American Slut Walk, São Paulo, Brazil.
2012 Jane Hirshfield dedicated poem “Benediction of Peace” at Zen Concert for Peace.
2015 Lindis Percy arrested RAF Fairford for protest against US planes going to Ukraine: “WAR IS NO SOLUTION—NOT IN MY NAME.”