Women peacemakers born today
1874 Bessie M. Rischbieth born Adelaide, Australia 1874 (d. 1967). Australian social reformer and feminist leader; peace activist; theosophist. Delegate to League of Nations, 1935. Witnessed and supported suffragist struggle, London, 1908. Led protests against abuse of aborigines. Blocked bulldozers in environmental protest at Narrows Bridge, Perth, 1963.
1905 Dorothy Hutchinson born Middletown, CT (d. 1984). Quaker pacifist; WILPF president, 1965-8; author of Peace in Vietnam; World Federalist; founded Peace Now Movement, 1943.
1953 Elisabeth Reusse-Decrey born Switzerland. Psychotherapist working with international Conciliation Resources; leader of World Organisation Against Torture. Founded Geneva Call to coordinate international action against landmines, 1998; President of Swiss Parliament 2000; Nobel Peace Prize nominee, 2005.
1969 Lisa Schirch born Bluffton, OH. Mennonite Professor of Peacebuilding; author of women’s peacemaking manual 2004; director of 3P Human Security 2007; Director of Human Security Alliance for Peacebuilding.
Women's peacemaking on this day
Feast of St. Hedwig, Duchess of Silesia (1174-1243).
1965 Fifth Avenue Parade against Vietnam War organized by Norma Becker.
1986 Joint Statement on Peace by US/USSR Religious Women Exchange, Moscow.
2000 Joyce & Emma Katzberg arrested in Newport for "No More Nuclear Weapons" protest.
2002: Nonviolent victory of Palestinian village of Yasuf winning protection from settler attacks, won with assistance of International Women’s Peace Service.
2008 WOZA leaders Jenni Williams and Magodonga Mahlangu arrested in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe for protest at denial of food aid.
2011 Azizah Othman killed in Taiz, Yemen, in women's nonviolent protest.