Long time Halifax activist Muriel Duckworth passed away today at the age of 100. Ms. Duckworth was in palliative care in hospital in Quebec after falling and breaking her leg at her family’s cottage.
Muriel was a feminist and community activist, and believed that war with its systematic violence against women and children is a major impediment to social justice.
Duckworth recieved numerous honours during her life including the 1981 Governor General’s Award and the Order of Canada in 1983.
In celebration of her 100th birthday, Oxfam Canada established the Jack and Muriel Duckworth Fund for Active Global Citizenship in recognition of Duckworth and her late husband’s leadership in working for social justice.
Below is a clip of a song dedicated to Muriel and her life-long work of promoting peace and justice. Wikipedia has an in-depth look at her life and accomplishments.