Women peacemakers born today
1906 Helen Boyden Lamb Lamont born Cambridge, MA (d. 1965). Economist; expert on India at MIT. Early critic of Vietnam War.
1920 Irma Schwager born Vienna, Austria. Pacifist and anti-nuclear protester. Resisted Nazis during occupation of France; exiled, 1938. Visited Vietnam during US bombing, 1971. Nobel Peace Prize nominee, 2005.
1943 Antje Vollmer born Lübbecke, Westphalia, Germany. Lutheran pastor. Served in Bundestag for 22 years. Joined Green Party, 1983; Vice-President Bundestag 1994-2005. Opposed Kosovo as violation of international law; supported conscientious objection law. Awarded Hannah Arendt Prize, 1998.
1948 Svetlana Alexeivich born Stanislau, Ukrainian SR. Belorussian author. War’s Unwomanly Face about World War II, 1988; Zinky Boys portrayed brutality of Afghanistan war, 1992; Voices from Chernobyl, 1997. Received German Book Peace Prize, 2013; Nobel Literature Laureate, 2015.
Women's peacemaking on this day
1531 "Women's Revolt" in woolhouse, Amsterdam.
1678 Lady Godiva festival revived in Coventry, celebrating eleventh century woman's naked horse ride in protest of her husband's tax on his tenants.
1966 17-year-old Nyugen Thi Can immolated herself, Hue, Vietnam.
1999 Women’s peace camp at RAF Fairford base in Gloucestershire protested Kosovo bombing; 8 women arrested.
2000 The UN Department of Peacekeeping Operations issued the Windhoek Declaration and the Namibia Plan of Action On Mainstreaming a Gender Perspective in Multidimensional Peacekeeping Operations, leading to UN Security Council Resolution 1325.
2010: Emily Henochowicz lost her left eye when hit by tear gas canister during nonviolent protest, Qalandiya.