March 22

Women peacemakers born today

  • 1940 Ewa Łętowska born Warsaw, Poland. Professor of Law and expert in human rights. First Polish Parliamentary Human Rights Ombudsperson, 1987-92; National Ombudsperson, 1999-2002. Served on International Commission of Jurists ,1991; Judge of Constitutional Tribunal, 2002.

  • 1967 Jestina Mukoko born Gweru, Zimbabwe. Human rights activist and broadcast journalist. Head of Zimbabwe Peace Project, 2007. Abducted by suspected state agents, 2008; tortured, tried, and released three months later. Awarded Weimar Human Rights Prize, 2009.

Women's peacemaking on this day

  • 1958 South African Women demonstrated against Apartheid pass laws.

  • 1965 Marjorie Sykes negotiated a peace on Nagaland National Day.

  • 1973 Women Strike for Peace Anti-War Demonstration at Capitol, Washington, D.C.

  • 1980 In Washington DC, Denise Levertov spoke at an anti-draft rally. "Imagine love, imagine peace, imagine community. . . learn in time how to say no."

  • 2009 Anneke Smalde jailed six months for her involvement in Avrusta! campaign against Swedish arms exports.

  • 2012 Randy Kehler led protest at Brattleboro, VT nuclear plant; 93-year-old activist Frances Crowearrested.