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Princess Gabrielle Jeanne Anne Marie Radziwill (March 14, 1877 – January 9, 1968) was a Lithuanian nurse, pacifist and women's rights activist. The diversity of organisations included in the tenth congress of the International Alliance of Women for Suffrage and Equal Citizenship (IAWSEC) in 1926, ranged from the “Mexican Women’s Organisation” and the “China Suffrage Society,” to the “World’s Young Women’s Christian Association” represented by Edith Picton-Turbervill; the “London Society for Women’s Service” represented by Pippa Strachey; the “Secretariat of the League of Nations” represented by Gabrielle Radziwill. Such widespread inclusion of groups in the congress enabled a strong liaison between feminists internationally, broadening the base of women’s participation across class, culture and ethnicity. Internationally, the spirit of feminist co-operation fostered the League of Nations work undertaken in areas challenging male sexual privilege. The “English Summary of Report on League of Nations” to the IAWSEC Congress, stated that since 1923, relations between the Alliance, the League and the International Labour Office had become “much closer and more cordial”.
Anna Gabriela Radziwiłł h. Trąby was born in Berlin, Germany, on March 14, 1877, the daughter of Wilhelm Adam Karol książe Radziwiłł h. Trąby, na Nieświeżu and Katarzyna Radziwiłł.
Gabrielle Radziwill was one of first women to join the League of Nations where she was active from 1920 to 1934. Before joining the Secretariat of the League of Nations in November 1920, Radziwill had spent two years working for the Russian Red Cross on the Russian-Persian front where she was in charge of hospitals. Active in women's organizations, in the League she was a strong supporter of women's interests, calling for cooperation with the women's movement. In connection with relationships between the League and women's societies, she stressed: "I shall always be ready to do what I can to help and further the aims of the women's organizations — even when I do not see eye to eye with them!" In the League of Nations, she was initially employed as a Senior Assistant in the Information Section but was promoted to Member of Section in 1927. In 1931, she was transferred to the Social Questions and Opium Traffic Section and, in 1934, to the Intellectual Cooperation and International Bureaux Section where she worked until she left in December 1938. Speaking at the International Council of Women congress in 1925, Radziwill announced that the "League needs the work of women, and we women need the League of Nations' help, because the work that we are doing can only bear fruit if it is really sanctioned by our Governments and we women must help this sanction to be given."
She died on January 9, 1968, at Havilland Hall, Guernsey, United Kingdom.
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