Maya Menezes

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Maya Menezes born Toronto, Canada March 20, 2004.  Canadian youth activist. Supporter of refugee cause; working to combat climate change.

Quotations

What we’re trying to organize on the ground against is actually a rejection that some people are deserving of basic dignity and rights, and some are not. In the global climate crisis, we understand that most of the world either will be turned into a desert or will be uninhabitable, due to temperature, storm changes. We need to make sure that a climate plan that talks about decreasing emissions also has an open conversation that the borders must be open and people must have clear avenues to status and citizenship and safety in wherever they want to move to.” (Democracy Now!, Dec. 15, 2018; photo toronto environmental alliance)

Aino Malmberg

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Aino Malmberg (née Perenius) born Hollola, Finland, Russia February 24, 1865 (d. 1933). Finnish patriot and writer; feminist, socialist. Opposed World War I; sailed on Ford Peace Ship to stop War, 1915.

Quotations

The old civilization will be destroyed. . . women and workers [should build] a cleaner world.” (London, Aug. 4, 1914 in Douglas Allen, At Daggers Drawn, p. 22; photo Wikipedia)

Marichuy

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Marichuy (née María de Jesús Patricio Martínez) born Tuxpan, Jalisco, Mexico December 23, 1963. Native American Nahua human rights activist; traditional healer. First indigenous woman to run for Mexican presidency; founded National Indigenous Congress, 1996.

Quotations

We are standing up, we are standing up to fight. We are determined to risk everything, even death. But we don’t carry drums of war, but rather banners of peace. We want to partner with all the men and women who, upon recognizing us, recognize their own roots.” (Chiapas Support Committee, Oct. 17, 2017; photo mexiconewsdaily)

Matiel Mogannam

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Matiel Mogannam born Lebanon, Ottoman Empire February 15, 1889 (d. 1982). “The Palestinian Gandhi.” Pioneering Arab feminist. Founding Secretary, General Palestine Arab Women’s Congress, 1929; nonviolent leader of Women’s March Jerusalem, 1933.

Quotations

During this period [1920s-30s] most of the women did not compete against each other. This [women’s movement] was the only intellectual activity they really had. So they felt they had just better do a good job together.” (Margot Badran, Feminists, Islam, p. 322; photo My Palestine)

Jan Maher

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Jan Maher born Huntington, IN February 10, 1946. Peace playwright; co-author Most Dangerous Women about WILPF peacemakers.

Quotations

There is clear and compelling evidence that when women are involved in peacemaking processes, the peace last longer. And that is good for all living things. At a time when the planet upon which we all depend is in mortal danger from our human activities, it's time to listen to women for a change." (photo authorsguild.net)


Wangari Maathai

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Wangari Muta Maathai born Nyeri, Kenya April 1, 1940 (d. 2011). Nobel Peace laureate 2004; founded Green Belt movement of women planting trees 1977; her Peace Trees campaign promoted community conflict resolution; many arrests for civil disobedience.

Quotations

"[T]here can be no peace without equitable development; and there can be no development without sustainable management of the environment in a democratic and peaceful space." (Nobel address, Dec. 10, 2004)

"Mankind's universal values of love, compassion, solidarity, caring and tolerance should form the basis for this global ethic which should permeate culture, politics, trade, religion and philosophy. It should also permeate the extended family of the United Nations." (Beijing, Aug. 30, 1995; photo wangari.greenbeltmovement.org)

Rose Macaulay

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Rose Macaulay born Rugby, England August 1, 1881 (d. 1958). Popular British author of war novels Non-Combatants and Others (1916), What Not: A Prophetic Comedy (1918); internationalist who promoted League of Nations, Mystery at Geneva (1922); sponsored Peace Pledge Union; pacifist pamphleteer.

Quotations

"You truly point out that war is only a symptom of the whole horrid business of human behavior, and cannot be isolated, and that we shall not, even if we abolish war, abolish hate and greed. So might it have been argued about slave emancipation, that slavery was but one aspect of human disgustingness, and that to abolish it would not end the barbarity that causes it. But did the abolitionists therefore waste their breath? And do we waste ours now in protesting against war?" (An Open Letter to a Non-Pacifist, p. 8, 1937; photo Spartacus Educational)

Elizabeth Pauline MacCallum

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Elizabeth Pauline MacCallum born Marash, Turkey June 20, 1895 (d. 1985). First Canadian woman head of mission, Beirut 1954; Middle East expert; specialist at San Francisco conference on founding of UN and partition of Palestine; foresaw Kurdish discontent, and long conflict in Palestine.

Quotations

"The claims of the Jews were honourable and understandable. But weren't the claims of the Arabs just as honourable and understandable?" (1920s Foreign Policy Association study in Margaret Weiers, Envoys Extraordinary, p. 38, 1995; photo international.gc.ca)

Flora MacDonald

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Flora Isabel MacDonald born North Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada June 3, 1926 (d. 2003). First woman Foreign Minister of Canada 1979; Pearson Medal of Peace 1999; President World Federalists of Canada; Chair International Development Research Centre 1992; Carnegie Commission on the Prevention of Deadly Conflict (1994-1999).

Quotations

"We must make a quantum leap in our ability and determination to prevent the deadliest forms of conflict because they are likely to become much more dangerous in the next several decades." (Exec. Summary of Carnegie Report, p. xlv; photo Parliament of Canada)

Svetlana Sotiroff MacDonald

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Svetlana Sotiroff Macdonald born Geneva, Switzerland October 9, 1943. Canadian; Quaker pacifist; human rights lawyer; gay rights advocate.

Quotations

"'Love makes a family.' Whether a family is a loving and supportive place, or is a harmful place to bring up children, does not depend upon the gender of the parents." (Aug. 8, 2003, minute she quoted Feb. 1, 2005; photo MacDonald Evenden law firm ad)

Trine Pertou Mach

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Trine Pertou Mach born Bredal, Denmark October 9, 1969. Danish politician; Socialist member of Parliament, 2012-15, foreign affairs committee; peace activist; expert on Middle East where she worked, 2001-06; headed international aid to poor ActionAid Denmark and TFF Transnational Foundation for Peace and Future Research; participant in Freedom Flotilla III for Gaza, 2015.

Quotations

What is good for Europe mustn’t be bad for the rest of the world.” (ActionAid, Sep. 27, 2011; photo dr.dk)

Chrystal Macmillan

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Chrystal Macmillan born Edinburgh, Scotland June 13, 1887 (d. 1937). Internationalist barrister and suffragist; WILPF founding member 1915; one of women envoys to heads of state to stop war: drafted Women's Manifesto against war 1914.

Quotations

"We women of the world. . . appeal to you. . . to avert deluging half the civilized world in blood." ("Women's Manifesto for Peace", July 14, 1914; photo Wikipedia)

Agnes Macphail

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Agnes Macphail born Ontario, Canada March 24, 1890 (d. 1954). Pacifist politician; journalist. First female member of Canadian Parliament, 1921-40; first female member of League of Nations Disarmament Committee, 1929. Opposed World War I conscription.

Quotations

“The misery of being under observation and being unduly criticized is what I remember most.” (Judy LaMarsh, Memoirs of a Bird in a Gilded Cage, 1968; photo Wikipedia)

Marion Adams Macpherson

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Marion Adams Macpherson born Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan, Canada May 16, 1924. Canadian ambassador to UN, Sri Lanka, Zambia, Denmark; first career woman diplomat, 1947. Active in Canadian leadership in UN peacekeeping, admission of China to UN, and Namibian independence.

Quotations

On her experiences at the UN, dealing with the Suez crisis, Cyprus war, and Rhodesian secession: "We worked very hard. I think probably that [my work at the UN] was the most fascinating five years, the most interesting work."

Joanna Macy

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Joanna Rogers Macy born Los Angeles, CA May 2, 1929. Anti-nuclear activist; Buddhist scholar; expert on Gandhian development program. Peace Corps volunteer in India, Tunisia, and Nigeria, 1964-66.

Quotations

"For some of us, our love for the world is so passionate that we cannot ask it to wait until we are enlightened." ("Exploring Our Interconnectedness", In Context #34, p. 22, Winter 1993)

"There comes a time when all life on Earth is in danger. . . two powers have spent their wealth in preparations to annihilate each other, they have much in common: weapons of unfathomable destructive power, and technologies that lay waste our world. . . Now the time comes when great courage—moral and physical—is required. . . These weapons are. . . made by the human mind, they can be unmade by the human mind. . . They arise from our own decisions, our own lifestyles, and our own relationships. . . The weapons are compassion and insight. . . They are gifts for us to claim now in the healing of our world." (prophecy of Choegyal Rinpoche in "World as Lover; World as Self"; photo greatthoughtstreasury.com)