October 29

Women peacemakers born today

  • 1890 Claire Goll born Nuremberg, Germany (d. 1977). Franco-German pacifist; poet and novelist; journalist; opposed World War I.

  • 1924 Danielle Mitterrand born Verdun, France (d. 2011). As French first lady, publicly supported human rights for Tibet, Sahrawi, Central America, Kurds, 1981-95. Awarded North South Prize, 1996.

  • 1938 Ellen Johnson Sirleaf born Monrovia, Liberia. Director of UN Development Fund for Africa, 1992-7; leader in campaign against wartime violence against women; authored UN report on women in war, 2002; elected first female president of African country, 2005; awarded Nobel Peace Prize, 2011.

  • 1967 Sanam Naraghi Anderlini born Iran. UN peacekeeping expert. Authority on conflict and gender. Published Women Building Peace What They Do, Why it Matters, 2007. Primary author of MIT report on UN Security Council Resolution 1325.

Women's peacemaking on this day

  • 1904 French women hold auto-da-fe in Paris.

  • 1983 Halloween protest: Greenham witches used bolt cutters to remove four miles of fence; 187 arrested.

  • 2008 UN Security Council open debate on women and peace heard NGO on Women, Peace and Security.

  • 2010 Conference on The Role of Women in Global Security, Copenhagen.

  • 2010 One hundred women demonstrated at UN. "Put Peace Women at Peace Tables."