May 2

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.