March 1

Women peacemakers born today

  • 1774 Magdalene of Canossa born Verona, Italy (d. 1835). Catholic nun; advocate for the poor; nonviolent activist. Canonized by Catholic church, 1988.

  • 1918 Marie Louise Berneri born Arezzo, Italy (d. 1949). Italian philosopher; writer and editor on anarchism; author of Journey Through Utopia.

  • 1930 Kemi Ogunsanya born Lagos, Nigeria. Conflict prevention and mitigation adviser at African Centre for the Constructive Resolution of Disputes (ACCORD).

  • 1946 Lijon Eknilang born Rongelap, Marshall Islands (d. 2012). International advocate against nuclear weapons; victim of hydrogen bomb testing; suffered eight miscarriages. Testified at World Court, 1995.

Women's peacemaking on this day

  • 1912 Suffragists broke windows of London shops.

  • 1915 Aletta Jacobs of the International Woman Suffrage Alliance published “A Call to Women of All Nations” in Jus Suffragii as an invitation to attend the Hague Women's Peace Congress, leading to the founding of WILPF.

  • 1981 German Women for Peace organized against atomic weapons.

  • 1982 First Greenham Common Protest. The protest movement later became exclusively female.

  • 1987 Three women appointed Undersecretaries of UN: Nafis Sadik, head of UN Population Fund; Therese Paquet-Sevigny, head of UN public info (DPI); Margaret Anstee, head of UN office in Vienna.

  • 1991 Women for Peace protested the militarism of Belgrad and Ljubjana.

  • 1994 Benita Ferrero-Waldner appointed first female UN Chief of Protocol.

  • 2001 Singer Joyce Katzberg and her daughter sentenced for antiwar protest at Newport Naval College.

  • 2009 Melbourne Women in Black held protest against all forms of violence. "When it comes to war and violence, women are the voice of reason."

  • 2012 Three women arrested in Glasgow for painting recruiting office windows with the phrase "No to War."