Yayoi Kusama

Overview

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Yayoi Kusama born Matsumoto, Japan March 22, 1929. Japanese antiwar visual artist. “Accumulation of Corpses”, 1950; live performance “Anatomic Explosion” at Wall Street, against Vietnam War funding, 1968. Antiwar “Naked happening” protest on Brooklyn Bridge, 1968; ”War, Tidal Waves of War”, 1975; “Graves of the Unknown Soldiers”, 1977. “Revived Soul” for Hiroshima victims, 1995.

Quotations

You can’t eradicate violence by using more violence.” (letter to Richard Nixon, 1968)

I made my art to try and change people’s minds about the love in the world that can last forever.” (Infinity, circa 1968, in Dazed, Oct. 8, 2018; photo wikipedia)

Mary Kelsey

Overview

Mary Kelsey born St. Louis, MO June 15, 1877 (d. 1948). Pacifist; suffragist; writer for pacifist journal. Quaker relief worker with AFSC refugees in France WWI; fed German children postwar; founding Executive Secretary Honfleur Peace Conferences, 1923-25; early member Fellowship of Reconciliation.

Quotations

One of those who won the Peace Prize of 1947
Blessed are the Peacemakers, Children of God
(epitaph, Shirley, MA.)

One would naturally suppose that the war with all its dreadful trend of misery and death and subsequent disaster and loss must have so impressed those who experienced it that there would be a spontaneous movement at its close to ensure its non-repetition. Nothing is further from the truth.” (“The Stigma”, The World Tomorrow, Nov. 1921, p. 332)

Sigrid Kaag

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Sigrid Kaag born Rijswick, Netherlands November 2, 1961. Dutch diplomat, known as “The Iron Lady.” Served roles in UNICEF, UNWRRA, UNDP. Headed UN mission to destroy Syrian chemical weapons, 2013. UN Special Coordinator for Lebanon during Syria War, 2014. Awarded Carnegie-Wateler Peace Prize, 2016.

Quotations

Women play a key role in development, peace and security.” (Oct. 22, 2015, UNSCOL; photo un.org)

Raya Kadyrova

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Raisa “Raya” Kadyrova born Kyrgyzstan March 28, 1957. Kyrgyz peacemaker. Oversaw tolerance education project for UN High Commissioner of Refugees, 1993. Founding president of Foundation for Tolerance International (FTI), 1998. Promoted nonviolence in Central Asian republics, helping to defuse tensions during Batken War, 1999-2000.

Quotations

“I would like Kyrgyzstan to become an example for peace, equality and tolerance in the entire region.” (No Women No Peace exhibition, 1000peacewomen; photo World People's Blog)

Dorothy C. Kahn

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Dorothy C. Kahn born Seattle, WA August 15, 1893 (d. 1955). International social worker; Chief of UN Social Welfare promoting human rights and economic welfare 1950-5; began biennial Report on the World Social Situation (RWSS); delegate to international conference on child welfare.

Quotations

"The ultimate social cost of poverty, ill health, and idleness are bound to be greater than the immediate cost of prevention and care." (Dec. 1940 report to Congress; photo Wikipedia)

Kaarina Kailo

Overview

Kaarina Kailo born Helsinki, Finland August 31, 1951. Professor Women’s Studies; feminist advocate of peaceful education; grassroots peace activist.

Quotations

There will be no peace and sustainable ways of living until boys too are taught to adopt the 'softer' feminine values of recognizing their interdependency, human vulnerability and responsibility towards all forms of life. The male creators of the Hiroshima bomb also called it their 'baby.'” (“Honor, Shame”, June 18, 2003; photo kaarinakailo.info)

Indira Kajosevic

Overview

Indira Kajosevic born Podgorica, Montenegro June 7, 1966. Co-founder of Serbian Women in Black 1991; Executive director Reconciliation and Culture Cooperative Network (RACCOON, New York 1997. Coordinator Working Group on Women, Peace and Security, 2002-03; Amer. Friends Service Committee refugee consultant 1994-99; leader Women in Black vigil, New York.

Quotations

"People usually understand and relate to each other. They share their humanity." (New York Daily News, July 2, 2008)

[Y]ou're really in a business to make sure that people understand that  it is not only yourself who believes that peace is possible and that the only way people can achieve peace is that they live their own lives without violence and don't accept violent means as a way to resolve conflict.” (Julian Portillo interview, 2003; photo nydailynews)

Mariatu Kamara

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Mariatu Kamara born Magboru, Sierra Leone May 26, 1986. UNICEF Special Envoy for Children in Armed Conflict; both hands cut off with machete by boy civil war rebels when she was 12.

Quotations

On the boy soldiers who cut off her hands: "I just think it's time to let go. . . Forgive them. They are also our brothers. They suffered, too." (Toronto Star, Sep. 2, 2008; photo glogster)

Marjon V. Kamara

Overview

Marjon V. Kamara born Monrovia, Liberia August 13, 1949. Director of UN High Commission for Refugees in Africa 2005-09; ambassador to UN 2009; UN commission on postwar capacities 2010.

Quotations

"[C]ountries emerging from conflict often face a critical shortage of the capacities needed to secure sustainable peace. . . Nor is the international community doing enough to nurture national capacities." (March 11, 2011; photo frontpageafrica)

Bothaina Kamel

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Bothaina Kamel born Cairo, Egypt April 18, 1962. Egyptian TV anchor; first woman to run for president 2011; leader from start of Tahrir square protests, forming shield for male activists; opposed sectarian violence against Copts; social democrat.

Quotations

"When we took to the streets we said, ‘Peaceful, peaceful.’ We did not say, 'Revolutionary, revolutionary.'" (International Herald Tribune, June 15, 2011; photo maggiejeans.com)

Sandra Kanck

Overview

Sandra Kanck (née Cederblad) born Broken Hill, New South Wales April 20, 1950. Australian social reformer and peace activist. Politician; member of South Australian Parliament, 1993-2009. Led first delegation to Vietnam, 1994. Protested French atomic tests, Mururoa, 1971; opposed Iraq War; opposed US bases in Australia.

Quotations

[T]he body can take up some of that fallout and the younger a person is the more likely it will take it up because, what it does, the body can’t tell the difference between strontium and calcium, and so if it’s exposed to strontium-90 it will take it up in the bones and deposit it as calcium. And I was outraged.” (interview, Oct 26, 2007)

Angela Kane

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Angela Kane (née Uther) born Hamelin, Lower Saxony, Germany September 29, 1948. Ranking executive of UN since 1977. Special representative to end El Salvador War, 1991. Assistant Secretary for Political Affairs, 2005-08; Under-Secretary-General for Management, 2008-12. As High Representative for Disarmament Affairs, oversaw the destruction of stockpiled Syrian chemical weapons, 2013.

Quotations

On drone warfare: "Any weapon of war is terrible, and if you can launch this without human intervention, I think it’s even worse. It compounds the problem and dehumanises it in a way. It becomes a faceless war and I think that’s really terrible and so to my mind I think it should be outlawed." (Telegraph, Aug. 24, 2014)

Kang Kyung-wha

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Kang Kyung-wha born Seoul, South Korea April 7, 1955. Special Adviser on Policy to UN Secretary General 2016; UN Assistant Secretary Humanitarian Affairs 2013; UN Deputy Commissioner Human Rights 2006; Chaired UN Committee on Status of Women 2004-05; Korean representative to UN 2001-05.

Quotations

We look to the members of the Security Council to show leadership to end the barbaric and brutal warfare in Syria. We are running out of words to describe the terrible human and humanitarian consequences.” (UN Security Council, Sept. 26, 2015; photo free keyword)

Rebecca Kanner

Overview

Rebecca Kanner born Cleveland, OH July 9, 1957. Mechanical engineer. Arrested three times for protests against the School of the Americas, Columbus, GA, 1997, 1999, 2000; sentenced to 6 months prison; arrested again, 2014.

Quotations

"I was inspired by the Jewish concept of 'tikkun olam.' Translated from the Hebrew, this means the just ordering of human society and the world—or more literally, the repair of the world. I was also inspired by the Jewish prophetic tradition of social justice. As a Jew, I am moved to work to repair the tragic consequences of the SOA." (court statement, May 22, 2001)

Mehrangiz Kar

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Mehrangiz Kar born Ahvaz, Iran October 10, 1944. Muslim; human rights activist; lawyer; journalist; arrested and sentenced to 4 years, but released in 2 months for cancer treatment, 2000. Recipient of Trarieux Prize and Human Rights First award.

Quotations

"Surviving two world wars, in 1948 the human race decided to plan for a war-free, discrimination-free and violence-free world. Each of the 30 articles in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights is influenced by the love of mankind for mankind and human dignity." (Dec. 20, 2010 to American Islamic Conference; photo M.Kar homepage)

Tawakkol Karman

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Tawakkol Karman born Taiz, Yemen February 7, 1979. Nonviolent leader of Yemeni revolution during 2011 Arab Spring movement; repeatedly arrested. Co-founded Women Journalists Without Chains, 2005; led weekly protests at Sanaa University, 2007-2010. Shared Nobel Peace Prize with Leymah GboweeEllen Johnson Sirleaf, 2011; first Arab woman Nobel recipient; youngest Nobel Peace Laureate.

Quotations

"We refuse violence and know that violence has already caused our country countless problems." (Time, Feb. 16, 2011; photo http://bit.ly/r7syP7)

Nina Karpachova

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Nina Karpachova born Ceadîr-Lunga, Moldova, USSR August 12, 1950. Ukrainian human rights lawyer. First national Ombudsman and Commissioner of Human Rights, 1998-2012. Protested arrest of former premier Yulia Tymoshenko. Condemned Israeli violence in Gaza, 2009; opposed the war in Donbass.

Quotations

"Instantly, the disastrous atrocities of the war in Ukraine challenged the right to life of the people from many countries. In reality it is not only our war. After all, the world is very closely linked and interdependent. . . I believe that the main cause of the disaster is the war in the East of Ukraine. Therefore, it is a matter of urgency for the European and international community to help in early termination of the hostilities in the region and resolution of the crisis in a peaceful manner through negotiations, which will save the lives of many people." (official apology for downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17, Sept. 2014)