WOMEN PEACEMAKERS’ BIRTHDAYS March 23

MARCH 23

Florence Ellinwood ALLEN born Salt Lake City 1884 (d. 1966). International lawyer active in human rights and suffrage. First woman in the world to sit on a supreme court (Ohio) 1922. Peace activist. Quote: World War I never would have happened “if women of the world had had the vote for the twenty previous years.” (Tuve).

Mariana KATZAROVA born Prilep, Macedonia 1931. Bulgarian human rights leader, founder RAW in WAR (Reach All Women in War) 1960, 10 years Amnesty International researcher in Chechnya. “We owe it to the memory of Anya [Politkovskaya] to protect the very few who still speak out in Russia. No more – no less.” (RAW).

Ceija STOJKA born Kraubath, Austria 1933. Gypsy musician, painter and author, who writes on human rights and survival of concentration camps.

Valgerðour SVERRISÖTTIR born Eyjafjörður, Iceland 1950. Foreign Minister of Iceland 2006-7; contribution to UN Peacebuilding Fund 2006.

PEACEFUL EVENTS BY WOMEN ON THIS DAY:

1911: Ethel Smyth’s anthem of suffragist movement “March of the Women” premiered Albert Hall, London.

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