Women peacemakers born today
1870 Eva Gore-Booth born Lissaway, Sligo, Ireland (d. 1928). Irish pacifist poet and dramatist; suffragist; WILPF member. Published essay on nonviolence during World War I, 1915; wrote nonviolent play "Fionavar."
1949 Gila Altmann born Wilhelmshaven, Germany. Green Party member of parliament, 1994; Deputy Minister for Environment and Nuclear Safety.
1960 Shukrije Gashi born Pristina, Kosovo, Yugoslavia. Mediator; poet; journalist; lawyer. Director of Partners Center for Conflict Management, Kosovo; imprisoned two years for advocacy for Kosovo.
1983 Lina Ben Mhenni born Tunisia. Blogger. Chronicled Arab Spring revolt in her blog A Tunisian Girl, 2011. Arrested for protest against censorship, 2010. Nobel Peace Prize nominee, 2011; awarded Sean MacBride Peace Prize, 2012.
Women's peacemaking on this day
1917 Eight women from the New York Bureau of Legal First Aid offered the first legal aid to conscientious objectors.
1931 Death of Nobel Peace Prize winner Jane Addams.
2008 In Rovereto, Italy, women from 13 nations met and established the Religions for Peace European Women of Faith Network.