May 8

Women peacemakers born today

  • 1953 Isabelle Alonso born Auxerre, France. French militant feminist; co-founder and president of Female Watchdogs against violence toward women, especially public insults.

Women's peacemaking on this day

  • 1943 Bernice Fisher and James Farmer of CORE led a non-violent sit-in protest of segregated Jack Spratt Coffee Shop, Chicago.

  • 2006 Women Peace and Security Network - Africa (WIPSEN-Africa) established.

  • 2009 In Ontario, Vicki Monague led First Nation tribal members in a protest of proposed landfill Site 41 to protect local groundwater.
  • 2014 Led by Pastor Esther Ibanga, 300 women of several religions marched 4 kilometers through the streets of Jos, Nigeria, carrying roses to protest Boko Haram's abduction of girls.

  • 2015 In Seneca Lake, NY, 16 women arrested in Mother’s Day protest against Crestwood fracking operation.