Category: Women

Ira Maruki (1901-1995) and Toshi Maruki (1912-2000)

The Maruki Gallery is a small art gallery outside of Tokyo. Iri and Toshi Maruki were a married couple, both artists. The grounds of the gallery include both their home and an exhibition of their work. The major exhibit is a collection of fifteen wall-sized paintings on folding screens of the experiences of those in… Read more »

Bree Newsome

On June 27, 2015 Brittany Ann Byuarium “Bree” Newsome burst into the national spotlight in the wake of the racial murders at the Emanuel AME Church in Charleston when she scaled the 30-foot flagpole of the South Carolina capitol building to take down the flag. The Confederate battle flag had been proudly shown by the… Read more »

ALISON DES FORGES (1942-2009)

“Governments hesitate to call the horror by its name, for to do so would oblige them to act.” The Rwandan genocide was personal for me.  I h ad a Rwandan friend who was involved in peacemaking efforts and was caught up in the violence.  He was missing for a month before we heard from him… Read more »

SHIRIN EBADI

“How can you defy fear? Fear is a human instinct, just like hunger. Whether you like it or not, you become hungry. Similarly with fear. But I have learned to train myself to live with this fear.” During the ceremony to receive the Nobel Peace Prize in Oslo, Norway, Shirin Ebadi did a simple thing… Read more »

TERESITA “GING” QUINTOS-DELES

“It was the task of the citizens’ peace movement to pick up the pieces and continue and steer the peace process.” As I worked with Asian-Pacific leaders to plan a conference on conflict resolution, Filipino members of our planning team insisted that we call on “Ging,” the popular nickname for Teresita Quintos-Deles.  We invited her… Read more »