May 24

Women peacemakers born today

  • 1826 Marie Goegg-Pouchoulin born Geneva, Switzerland (d. 1899). Pioneering Swiss feminist and pacifist. Co-founded the first international women's peace society, International League for Peace and Freedom, 1868; founded first international women’s association, Association internationale des Femmes, 1868.

  • 1908 Maria Lavalle Urbina born Campeche, Mexico (d. 1996). Mexican lawyer and educator. Chair of UN Committee on Status of Women, 1963. First woman president of Mexican Senate, 1965.

  • 1927 Maude Barlow born Toronto, Canada. Nonviolent internationalist. Co-founded nonviolent Council of Canadians, 1985; Blue Planet Project, 2001; World Future Council, 2004. Received Right Livelihood Award, 2005.

  • 1959 Monika Hauser born Thal, St. Gall, Switzerland. Gynecologist. Founded Medica Mondiale to help women victims of war. Received Right Livelihood Award, 2008; named European of the year, 2011.

  • 1959 Eren Keskin born Bursa, Turkey. Turkish human rights leader. Founded Legal Aid for Women who were raped by national security forces, 1997; Awarded Aachen Peace Prize 2004.

  • 1974 Ruslana born Lviv, Ukraine. European pop star. UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador, 2005. Member of Ukrainian Parliament, 2006-07. Led nonviolent protests in Orange Revolution, 2004, and Euromaidan protests, 2013-14.

Women's peacemaking on this day

  • 1901 Emily Hobhouse's first visit to South African concentration camp Bloemfontein.

  • 1906 Suffragist Dora Montefiore refused taxes and barricaded her home.

  • 1973 Children's Defense Fund founded by Marian Wright Edelman.

  • 1980 Northeast Womyn’s Alliance blockaded Seabrook nuclear plant.

  • 1982 Greenham Women started first International Day of Disarmament: 70 British local actions.

  • 1983 "Women All Out for Peace" 600 local British actions.

  • 1983 Women’s Peace Camp opened at Soesterberg AFB, Netherlands.

  • 1984 Largest protest of New Zealand women against nuclear tests, Auckland.

  • 1991 First Australian conference on Social Defense held Ballina, NSW on initiative of Robyn Whyte, featuring nonviolent defense against aggression.

  • 1995 International Women's Day for Peace and Disarmament first celebrated.

  • 1995 Dominican nuns Ardeth Platte and Carol Gilbert arrested in nonviolent protest at Johns Hopkins University.

  • 2011 Code Pink member Rae Abileah interrupted Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's address to Congress and was assaulted by the audience. She was later arrested at George Washington University Hospital.

  • 2012 Women in Black of Madrid issued a communique against war. "We affirm our confidence in dialogue, justice and nonviolence as a path to understanding among peoples."

  • 2015 Thirty women, including Gloria Steinem and Nobel laureates Leymah Gbowee and Mairead Maguire, crossed the Korean DMZ in an appeal for peace.