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.