Today’s Dame of the Day is Nasta Palazhanka. At age 14, Palazhanka became an active member of Belarus’s youth opposition movement. In spite of imprisonment and threats, she advocates for human rights and freedom in the face of injustice. Palazhanka was a 2011 of the International Women of Courage award.
Today’s Dame of the Day is Robi Damelin. During his term in the Israeli army, Damelin’s son was shot by a sniper. Damelin channeled her grief into The Parents’ Circle, an organization supporting Israeli and Palestinian families who have lost loved ones to religious violence. Ultimately, the group advocates for peace and human rights on both sides.
Today’s Dame of the Day is Shirin Ebadi (June 21, 1947-). Following the 1979 revolution, Ebadi was banned from practicing law by conservative clerics until 1993. During this period, she wrote books and articles for Iranian periodicals. Ebadi defended child abuses cases and clients who spoke out against the government. In 2003, Ebadi became the first Iranian to win the Nobel Peace Prize; however, her award was allegedly confiscated by the government. She currently lives in exile but continues to fight for human rights.
Today’s Dame of the Day is Corazon Aquino (January 25, 1933 – August 1, 2009). Aquino served as president of the Philippines from 1986 to 1992, making her the country’s first woman president and the first woman president of any Asian country. Without any prior political experience, she weathered several coup attempts and managed to implement a new constitution supporting more civil liberties and human rights.