Muriel Nichol

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Muriel Nichol (née Wallhead) born Wilmslow, Cheshire, England February 2, 1893 (d. 1983). British Socialist, pacifist politician; suffragist; teacher. Opposed world war i conscription when her father was imprisoned for antiwar activity. Wartime speaking tour on “futility of war”; active in interwar No More War movement. Labour Member of Parliament, opposing conscription and urging independence for india, 1945-50.

Quotations

India can govern herself. She wants to govern herself; she insists upon governing herself, and quite rightly.” (March 6, 1947 in Parliament, Hansard, p. 720; photo documenting dissent)

Anna Theresia Nilsson

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Anna Theresia Nilsson born Toarps Gård, Södra Säm, Sweden April 27, 1869 (d. 1947). Swedish peace activist, teacher, and writer. Sister of leading peacemaker Ada Nilsson. Delegate to International Women’s Peace Congress, The Hague, 1915. Active at League of Nations, Geneva. Wrote four books on peace: Data and Facts in the Peace Movement, 1924; From Two Battlefields, and A Third, 1933; Peace Movement ABC, 1934; Ten Happy Years Travelling in Peace Work, 1945. (photo sydsvenskan)

Gertrude E. Nafe

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Gertrude E. Nafe born Grand Island, NE November 22, 1883 (d. 1971). Nonviolent anarchist; communist; teacher and writer; organizer for Emma Goldman. Fired from teaching position for striking “obedience” from loyalty oath, 1918.

Quotations

We do not threaten violence and never have. We prophesy that the change will not be made without the use of force and we resolve not to be deterred by that fact. Violence covers the earth at present and is the root of all governments. The only possible foundation of peace is justice.” (Socialist Review, 1919, p. 113; photo Wikipedia)

Razan al-Najjar

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Razan al-Najjar born Gaza, Palestine September 11, 1999 (d. 2018). Paramedic nurse injured caring for wounded unarmed protesters April 2018; returned to be killed by Israeli sniper soldiers.

Quotations

In our society women are often judged, but society has to accept us. If they don’t want to accept us by choice, they will be forced to accept us because we have more strength than any man. The strength that I showed the first day of the protests, I dare you to find it in anyone else.” (electronic intifada, Jun. 2, 2018)

We have one goal—to save lives and evacuate people. And to send a message to the world: Without weapons, we can do anything.” (Washington Post, Jun. 2, 2018; photo +972 magazine)

Luisa Neubauer

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Luisa Neubauer born Hamburg, Germany April 21, 1996. German youth activist for climate change. Youth Ambassador for ONE Foundation for the Rights of Future Generations, 350 org, Hunger Project, Fossil Free, Alliance 90/The Greensand. Attended World Youth Summit, 2018; World Climate Summit, 2018.

Quotations

The growing threat to our future posed by climate change has stimulated students to take action. . . ‘The fossil fuel industry has been blocking change to sustainable energy for their own financial interests.' We must therefore make it in their financial interests to change. Divestment can help achieve this.” (Scoop, July 19, 2018; photo twitter)

Kasha Jacqueline Nabagesera

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Kasha Jacqueline Nabagesera born Kampala, Uganda April 12, 1980. Alternative Nobel Peace Prize Right Livelihood award 2015; Ennals Human Rights Prize 2011; “founding mother” Ugandan LGBT civil rights movement, 1999.

Quotations

It’s very important that we are who we are, especially looking back in history at how our race has been undermined, it's important for us to stand up and be counted. Our black pride should never be allowed to be discounted again because of our skin colour. It is important that we work and achieve greatness for ourselves instead of waiting for others to do that for us. We cannot afford to bury our heads in the sand and feel sorry for ourselves, we need to stand with our heads high and proud for trying our best to make this world a better place for justice and equality, freedom and liberation.” Wikipedia; photo pri.org)

Saiza Nabarawi

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Saiza Nabarawi (née Zainad Murad) born Cairo, Egypt January 31, 1897 (d. 1985). Egyptian anti-imperialist feminist, journalist; took off veil to protest British occupation 1919; unveiled in nonviolent protest May 1923; editor feminist L’Egyptienne 1925-40; co-founder Egyptian Political Union; founded Women’s Popular Resistance Committee; postwar advocate of nonalignment; prewar defender of Palestinian human rights.

Quotations

What did we demand? A little sympathy for the unfortunate who suffer in the East from the wrongs of imperialist politics. This testimony of sympathy. . . accords moreover with the declaration of human rights.” (Margot Badran, Feminists, Islam, p. 235; 1923 photo pinterest.com)

Harriet Nahanee

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Harriet Nahanee (née Jones) AKA Tseybeyotl born Pacheedaht tribe, Vancouver Island, British Columbia December 7, 1935 (d. 2007). Canadian indigenous rights activist; died soon after release from 2 weeks in jail for Sky-to-Sky highway protest.

Quotations

I'd like to ask all the people out there to reclaim their culture—practice it, teach the children, and let's reclaim our backbone, our culture and put some pride in our children.” (July 1995 sisis.nativeweb.org; photo Wikipedia)

Leigh-Ann Naidoo

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Leigh-Ann Naidoo born Durban, Natal, South Africa July 12, 1975. Olympic beach volleyball player. Illegally seized aboard the Zaytouna-Oliva, the Women’s Boat to Gaza, in nonviolent effort to aid Gaza; detained two days, 2016.

Quotations

[W]e have been intercepted and kidnapped by the Israeli occupation forces.” (All4Women, Oct. 6, 2016)

[W]hy take the risk to struggle for Palestine? Because apartheid is something we experienced in South Africa and I feel there are so many similarities with the way Israel operates and treats the Palestinians.” (Palestine Chronicle, Oct. 10, 2016; photo mg.co.za)

Padmaja Naidu

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Padmaja Naidu born Hyderabad, India November 17, 1900 (d. 1975). Gandhian independence leader; daughter of Indian National Congress President Sarojini Naidu; arrested for civil disobedience, 1942; Governor of West Bengal, 1956. (photo Female Indian Freedom Fighters)

Quotations

On Hyderabad takeover: “The time has come for forgiveness for all those who sinned so grievously both before and after the police action. Without that there is no chance of any enduring peace.” (to Nehru, per Nehru to Patel, Oct. 1, 1950 in Taylor Sherman, State Violence, 2010); photo Female Indian Freedom Fighters)

Sarojini Naidu

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Sarojini Naidu born Hyderabad, India February 13, 1879 (d. 1949). Nonviolent activist for Indian independence; patriot; politician; poet known as "The Nightingale of India." Second female president of Indian National Congress, 1925. Lectured on nonviolence in US, 1928; arrested for Gandhian actions, 1930, 1932, 1942, 1943; presided over Asian Relations Conference, New Delhi, 1947.

Quotations

"Men say the world is full of fear and hate,
And all life's ripening harvest-fields await
The restless sickle of relentless fate.

But I, sweet Soul, rejoice that I was born,
When from the climbing terraces of corn
I watch the golden orioles of Thy morn."
(Poem "In Salutation to Eternal Peace"; photo http://bit.ly/JTQdl4)

Anissa Najjar

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Anissa Najjar (née Rawda) born Beirut, Lebanon, Ottoman Empire June 13, 1913 (d. 2016). Druze social worker and headmistress; vice president international WILPF 1977; active in independence movement 1943-4; founding head Village Welfare Society, the first in the Middle East 1953; founding president WILPF chapter Lebanese Committee for Peace and Freedom (LCPF) 1961; delegate to women’s conferences Cairo, Nairobi, Beijing.

Quotations

Peace begins at home—peace begins with the mothers who bring up the children. Women are good mothers when they are peaceful—when they teach and educate their children through their practices. This has been my philosophy, my life-long Literacy of the Mind-project.” (June 2008, WILPF final report on Lebanon, p. 50; photo druzeworldwide.com)

Chouchou Namegabe

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Chouchou Namegabe born Bukavu, Democratic Republic of the Congo March 30, 1978. Radio journalist. Co-founded South Kivu Women's Media Association AFEM to eradicate sexual violence as weapon of war, 2003; AFEM president, 2005-present.

Quotations

"Rape and sexual violence [are] used as a weapon and tactic of war to destroy the community." (to US Senate Foreign Relations Committee, May 2009, in IIP Digital, September 10, 2012)

Sumaya Farhat Naser

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Sumaya Farhat Naser born Bir Zeit, Palestine June 11, 1948. Professor of Ecology; Palestinian peace activist; Augsburg Peace Award 2000; Kreisky Human Rights Prize 1995; co-founder Jerusalem Center for Women.

Quotations

"The time has come to lay down our weapons and our fears. We refuse to accept more warfare in our lives, our communities, our nations. We refuse to go along with the fear. We refuse to give in to the violence. We refuse to be enemies." (joint statement with Gila Svirsky, Sept. 6, 2007; photo Wikipedia)

Diane Nash

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Diane Nash born Chicago, IL May 15, 1938. Founded Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee 1960; refused bail after arrest at Nashville nonviolent sit-in 1960, for which she was spokesperson; convinced Nashville mayor to desegregate lunch counters; dozens of arrests in Selma campaign which she led.

Quotations

"Do you feel it is wrong to discriminate against a person solely on the basis of their race or color?" (photo alexiswllr7192.edublogs.org)

Rachel Conrad Nason

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Rachel Conrad Nason (née Jones) born Conshohocken, PA June 2, 1899 (d. 1977). “Madam Human Rights.” American diplomat and expert on international organization 1945-69; Quaker; advisor to Eleanor Roosevelt drafting Declaration of Human Rights 1946-9; Executive secretary Young Friends Movement; co-founded Connecticut Council on International Relations, 1927; Committee on Cause and Cure of War report on Hitler’s territorial claims, 1932; congressional secretary League of Women Voters 1944-45 promoting UN; State Dept. Distinguished Service Award, 1968.

Quotations

[T]oo few men and even fewer women have the chance in their paid jobs to work at their convictions in any substantial way; I’ve had that chance.” (Friends Journal, Sept 15, 1969, p. 526; photo geni.com)

Ahlem Nasraoui

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Ahlem Nasraoui born Sbeitla, Kasserine, Tunisia August 21, 1991. Leader of Arab Spring; maintains peace blog Peaceholics. Founded Creativo Club for peaceful protest through arts; founded Young Leaders Entrepreneurs. Celebrated International Women's Day 2014 with human chain peace symbol dedicated to "peace among women, their unity and strength and free will." (US Embassy Tunis, March 8, 2014)

Taslima Nasrin

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Taslima Nasrin born Mymensingh, East Pakistan August 25, 1962. Bangladeshi doctor, poet, novelist, essayist; human rights activist. Exiled, 1994; expelled from India after seven months house arrest. Awarded UNESCO prize for nonviolence, 2004.

Quotations

"I have defended women and the minority community that is being oppressed. I cried loudly for equality and justice, justice for all people whatever their religion or gender." (taslimanazrin.com)

"The diversity of our world's many languages, cultures and ethnicities is not a pretext for conflict, but is a treasure that enriches us all." (May 15, 2005 speech to women of Deauville; photo Wikipedia)

Maud Nathan

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Maud Nathan born New York, NY October 20, 1862 (d. 1946). Pacifist suffragist. Co-Founded New York Consumers League, 1890; later headed national organization.

Quotations

War today is too costly, not only to the conquered, but to the conqueror as well. In destroying his enemies he destroys, at least in part, the source of his own wealth. One of the chief deterrents of war, then, is that very spirit of commercialism which is so often decried. . .” (“Industry the Peacemaker”, Pa. Arbitration & Peace Conference, May 18, 1908, p. 45; photo geni.com)

Lisalinda Salas Natividad

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Lisalinda Salas Natividad born Guam March 31, 1971. Guahan social worker and peace activist; social work professor; President Guahan Coalition for Peace and Justice; crossed Korean DMZ line 2017 in women’s peace protest.

Quotations

[There's a growing resistance movement to the military presence here, there also is. . . an additional growing movement in terms of addressing our issue of colonization and resolving our political status issues.” (Democracy Now, Aug. 11, 2017; photo womens peace fund)