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.