Women peacemakers born today
1897 Willemien Posthumus-Van Der Goot born Pretoria, South Africa (d. 1989). Dutch pacifist and feminist leader. Active in the Association for Universal Peace (RUP), 1936; chaired Dutch section of UN International Cooperation Year, 1965.
1929 Joanna Rogers Macy born Los Angeles, CA. Anti-nuclear activist; Buddhist scholar; expert on Gandhian development program. Peace Corps volunteer in India, Tunisia, and Nigeria, 1964-66.
1936 Perdita Huston born Portland, ME (d. 2001). Human rights advocate for Third World Women; author and journalist. Regional Peace Corps director for Africa-Asia, 1977; Peace Corps Director, Mali, 1997-99, and Bulgaria, 1999-2000.
1945 Bianca Jagger born Managua, Nicaragua. Human rights activist. Council of Europe Goodwill Ambassador. Received Right Livelihood Award, 2004; World Citizenship Award from The Nuclear Age Peace Foundation, 2005; Office of the Americas Peace and Justice Award, 2006.
Women's peacemaking on this day
1936 First issue of Mujeres Libres, anarchist paper of Madrid and Barcelona.
1957 Edita Morris founded Hiroshima House of Rest for bomb victims.
1982 Earth Ambulance protest at 12 US nuclear sites left Berkeley, organized by artists Helene Aylon and Kay Sellin.
2000 In Arta, Djibouti, 97 Somali women protested at the Somalia National Peace Conference to establish the Transitional National Government.
2014 Women, Peace and Security National Action Plans: Challenges and Opportunities for Canadian Civil Society at Carleton University, Ottawa.