Women peacemakers born today
1863 Henriette “Henni” Forchhammer born Aalborg, Denmark 1863 (d. 1955). Danish linguist and internationalist; WILPF founding member. First woman to address League of Nations, 1920.
1864 Mathilda Wrede born Vaasa, Finland (d. 1928). “Friend of the Prisoners.” Finnish baroness; prison reform advocate. Co-founded pacifist group International Fellowship of Reconciliation, 1919.
1891 Katharine F. Lenroot born Superior, WI (d. 1982). Internationalist; child welfare expert. Head of US Children's Bureau; adviser to League of Nations on white slave traffic. Co-founded UNICEF, 1946; planned International Youth Charter, 1946.
1924 Addie L. Wyatt born Brookhaven, MS (d. 2012). Labor leader; civil rights advocate. Worked with Martin Luther King, Jr.; arrested in Selma, AL. Honored as one of the Women of the Year by Time magazine, 1975.
1944 Renate Winter born Vienna, Austria. International lawyer and judge; expert on juvenile rights. International judge on UN Mission in Kosovo, 2000-02. President of Special Court, Sierra Leone, 2008-10.
1950 Tsvetana Kamenova born Sofia, Bulgaria. Judge for the International War Crimes Tribunal Yugoslavia (ICTY), 2006-09.
Women's peacemaking on this day
International Women's Day
1868 In Geneva, Marie Goegg-Pouchoulin called for international women’s association.
1908 First International Women's Day.
1908 In New York City, women marked the first celebration of International Women's Day with a parade for suffrage.
1910 Clara Zetkin made the socialist declaration, "We choose life. . . not death."
1913 On the eve of World War I, women held peace rallies throughout Europe.
1915 In Oslo, Alexandra Kollontai organized women’s demonstration against war.
1917 Russian women's strike for "bread and peace" sparked the Russian Revolution.
1918 In Vienna, 3,000 Women demanded peace.
1946 In New York City, women's advocacy group The Congress of American Women (CAW) celebrated International Women’s Day for the first time.
1964 Australian women protested. “Save Our Children—Stop French Tests in the Pacific”
1965 The Soviet Union made this day a public holiday to celebrate the merits and accomplishments of women.
1966 Women in Australia protested Vietnam War.
1974 Australian women stormed Bidura women’s shelter to protest poor conditions, Sydney.
1975 United Nations first sponsored the annual event and declared 1975 as the International Women's Year.
1978 Actress Margaretta D’Arcy and 11 members of Women Against Imperialism arrested, Armagh, Ireland.
1979 In Tehran, 15,000 Iranian Women occupied the Palace of Justice.
1980 90 Canadian women’s groups supported Toronto march.
1981 At NATO’s Ramstein airbase, 3,000 Women staged a "die-in" protest against missiles.
1982 WILPF initiated their S.T.A.R. ("Stop the Arms Race") Campaign to protest weapons stockpiling.
1982 In France, Movement de Liberation des Femmes led a general strike.
1983 In Brussels, WILPF members presented one million signatures generated through the S.T.A.R. Campaign to NATO.
1983 Italian women blockaded the NATO Comiso Air Base in nonviolent protest.
1983 United under the cry of "Women demand peace," the first Congress of the Organization of Angolan Women took place at Luanda.
1984 British women passed out "peace pies" at the Bank of England, London.
1984 Peruvian women demonstrated against all forms of violence.
1984 150 Women picketed at the Presidio, San Francisco.
1985 European women circulated a petition for denuclearization.
1986 Asia Pacific Forum on Women founded.
1987 Cordillera Women’s Education Action Research Center (CWEARC) founded by indigenous Filipina women.
1989 400 Women erected Peace Tent, Tel Aviv.
1995 Belgrade Women in Black assaulted for carrying banner “Albanian Women are our Sisters.”
1995 Russian and Chechen women marched from Moscow to Grozny to protest the Chechen War.
1997 Announcement of Women’s Peace Petition to shift 5% of national military spending towards health, education & jobs.
2000 Theme for International Women's Day: "Women Uniting for Peace."
2001 Theme for International Women's Day: "Women & Peace: Women Managing Conflicts."
2003 25 women from Code Pink arrested at White House in Iraq War protest.
2003 “Our Life in Pieces” exhibition by Act Together: Women Against Sanctions and War on Iraq, London.
2007 Theme for International Women's Day: "Ending impunity for violence against women and girls."
2008 Theme for International Women's Day: “Investing in Women and Girls."
2009 Theme for International Women's Day: "Women and men united to end violence against women and girls." Around the world, 539 events under this theme take place.
2010 Join Me on the Bridge [to Peace] Campaign. Rwandan and Congolese women united on border bridge to celebrate peace.
2011 Around the world, 1759 events take place for International Women's Day, including a pro-woman march in Cairo.
2012 World March of Women: "We denounce the advance of militarisation around the world…"
2012 Ukrainian FEMEN activists detained in Sultanahmet Square for topless demonstration protesting violence against women.
2012 On Wall Street, Code Pink protested Bank of America with displays of pink bras and signs bearing the phrase "Bust Up The Banks."
2013 In Moscow, 17 women were arrested for carrying unapproved signs such as “Feminism is Liberation.”
2014 Theme for International Women's Day: “Equality for women is progress for all.”
2014 11 Palestinian women injured by Israeli troops in protest march at Qalandia checkpoint, Jerusalem.
2015 Theme for International Women's Day: "Empowering Women—Empowering Humanity—Picture It!"
2015 In Tunis, female politicians and civil leaders performed Serena Dandini's play about violence against women "Wounded to Death".
2017 Theme for International Women's Day: “Be Bold For Change.”
2017 “A World Without Women” strike; thirteen arrests in New York City; Tblisi, Georgia women held up pane of glass to symbolize glass ceiling.
2017 “Be Bold For Change” “A World Without Women” strike; 13 arrests in New York City.
2017 Planet 50/50 Gender Equality by 2030 launched by UN.
2019 Theme for International Women's Day: #BalanceforBetter.