September 13

Women peacemakers born today

  • 1866 Lutie Eugenia Stearns born Stoughton, MA (d. 1943). Quaker pacifist librarian who founded the travelling library; lecturer for world peace; promoted Peace Flag.

  • 1879 Annie Kenney born Springhead, Yorkshire, England (d. 1953). Militant working-class suffragist whose arrest for heckling Churchill marked start of militant phase 1905; jailed 3 days; 12 later arrests and force-feeding 1913; opposed World War I.

  • 1945 Gertrude Mongella born Ukerewe Island, Lake Victoria, Tanzania. Secretary General of UN Conference on Women, Beijing 1995; UN Undersecretary for women 1995-96; diplomat High Commissioner to India 1991-2; first President Pan-African Parliament 2004-09; cabinet minister 1985-90, educator.

  • 1960 Suzanne Jabbour born Ardeh, Zghorta, Lebanon. Lebanese human rights activist; psychologist; co-founded Restart Center for Rehabilitation of Victims of Violence and Torture 1996; Council of Europe North South Prize 2013; President of International Rehabilitation Council for Torture Victims (IRCT) 2012; vice chair UN committee on torture; aided refugees from Syrian war.

Women's peacemaking on this day

  • 1972 Women Strike for Peace protest Wall Street, New York.

  • 1987 Grandmothers for Peace protest at Nevada nuclear test site, led by Barbara Wiedner, leading to arrest.

  • 1993 Oslo Peace Accords mediated by Norwegian diplomat Mona Juul.

  • 2011 First meeting of Asia-Pacific Regional Advisory Group on Women, Peace and Security, Bangkok.

  • 2016 24 women in white arrested in peaceful protest Kampala, Uganda.