Women peacemakers born today
1939 Elizabeth Odio Benito born Punta Arenas, Costa Rica (d. 1993). International justice and human rights defender; Yugoslav War Crimes tribunal 1993-8; vice president International Criminal Court 2003; instrumental in ruling that rape is torture; judge in conviction of Thomas Lubanga for war crime of recruiting child soldiers 2012.
1955 Xue Hanqin born Shanghai. Fourth woman justice of World Court 2010; Director General Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs 199-2003; Ambassador to Netherlands 2002-8; first Chinese ambassador to ASEAN 2008; Chairman of the International Law Commission 2010; leader of Asian Society of International Law.
1963 Lidia Yusupova born Grozny, Chechnya. Russian human rights activist, called "the bravest woman in Europe" (BBC) who exposed disaster of Chechen war; Nobel Prize nominee; Ennals Award for human rights defenders 2004, Rafto Prize for human rights 2005.
Women's peacemaking on this day
1906 Satyagrahi Punia tried and rearrested for nonviolent protest.
1913 Kasturba Gandhi led civil disobedience in final phase of Satyagraha.
1953 Vijaya Pandit elected first woman President of UN General Assembly.
1963 Four girls killed in civil rights movement 16th Street Church, Birmingham AL; one 11 years old, others 14.
1971 First Greenpeace action ship sailed from Vancouver for Kamchatka to protest nuclear tests.
1979 Over 1000 women met Cologne in Women’s Congress Against Nuclear Power and Militarism.
1993 Gabrielle McDonald appointed first woman war crimes judge by UN General Assembly.
2001 Rep. Barbara Lee cast only vote against use of force which allowed Iraq War.
2008 Three women arrested for antiwar protest, Madison, WI.
2015 Andrea Mercado led 100 Women on beginning of 100-mile walk from York, PA to Washington DC to protest immigrant detentions.