PeaceWoman of the Month
Peace Activist from the United States
In the early sixties – in the middle of the Cold War – Cora Weiss began to campaign for peace. Appalled by the nuclear tests of the American government, Cora Weiss was among the women who founded Women Strike for Peace, which called for the ban on atmospheric testing of atomic bombs. In her commitment to a more peaceful world, Cora Weiss was never what you would call squeamish. During the Vietnam War, the young mother travelled to the combat zone to organize the correspondence between US prisoners of war and their families. She also managed to bring three prisoners of war home.
The right women
Cora Weiss particularly advocates the rights of women in conflict situations and participated in drafting the UN Security Council Resolution 1325 on women, peace and security. Today, she thinks differently about a lot of things than at the beginning of her career: "Before, I was convinced that for a better world we would simply need more women in power positions. But now I believe we need women who support gender equality, human rights for everyone, peace education, who would reduce military budgets, abolish nuclear weapons and who will be at peace tables," she says.
Today Cora Weiss presides at the international peace network Hague Appeal for Peace and serves as the UN Representative for the International Peace Bureau. In addition to her nomination as one of the 1000 peace women, she was already suggested several times for the Nobel Peace Prize. Cora Weiss has influenced an entire generation of peace activists in the United States.