October 9

Women peacemakers born today

  • 1885 Edith Terry Bremer born Hamilton, NY (d. 1964). Immigration expert; founded International Institute, a movement for cultural pluralism with efforts towards protection of immigrant girls, 1910.

  • 1930 Felicia Langer born Tarnow, Poland. Israeli human rights attorney for Palestinians; recipient of Right Livelihood award, 1990.

  • 1943 Svetlana Sotiroff MacDonald born Geneva, Switzerland. Canadian; Quaker pacifist; human rights lawyer; gay rights advocate.

  • 1949 Daniela Dahn born Berlin, Germany. German journalist and peace writer.

  • 1950 Jody Williams born Brattleborough, VT. Awarded Nobel Peace Prize for landmine abolition, 1997; advocates abolition of all nuclear weapons.

  • 1969 Trine Pertou Mach born Bredal, Denmark. Danish politician; ; peace activist; Socialist member of Parliament, 2012-15, foreign affairs committee. Expert on Middle East where she worked, 2001-06.

Women's peacemaking on this day

  • 1983 Women's Peace Camp started with Hunger Walk, Ann Arbor, MI.

  • 1991 Belgrade Women in Black led by Staša Zajović began protest against war. “Always disobedient to patriarchy, war, nationalism, and militarism.”

  • 2007 Yoko Ono dedicated the Imagine Peace Tower, Viday, Iceland.

  • 2011 Yemeni women marched in three cities to celebrate Tawakkol Karman's Nobel Prize.

  • 2012 In Mingora, Pakistan, the Taliban boarded a school bus and shot 14-year-old student Malala Yousafzai in the head for her defense of female education.

  • 2013 WoMin founded at Women’s Jail, Constitution Hill in Johannesburg.

  • 2015 UN published “Preventing Conflict: a Global Study” on the failure to use women peacemakers. “United Nations must take the lead in stopping the process of militarization and militarism that began in 2001 in an ever-increasing cycle of conflict. The normalization of violence at the local, national and international levels must cease. Networks of women peacebuilders and peacemakers must be expanded.”

  • 2016 “Always Disobedient! Still on the Streets!” Serbian Women in Black celebrated 25th anniversary.

  • 2016 Italian Women in Black held peace march Perugia to Assisi. “Get War out of History!”