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Woman of the year Hetty Bower, still fighting war at 106

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Published on Dec 17, 2011

At 106 Hetty Bower told Jon Snow, "What sane person could be pro-war? As long as my legs can take me, I will partricipate in anti-war activity." (Channel 4 News 13/11/11)

The range of Hetty's political activity in 2011 was astonishing, for which she was named by The Guardian as Woman of the Year.

On the 100th anniversary of International Women's Day, in March 2011, she was guest of honour at a wreath-laying ceremony at Emmeline Pankhurst's statue.

She was a founding member of CND in 1957 and has spoke in 2011 at a ­Hiroshima Day commemoration. She spoke at protests against ­hospital ­closures, tuition fees and cuts in services for ­disabled people.

Hetty has been an ever-present at Stop the War Coalitions demonstrations over the past 10 years, always marching every step, at a speed that puts other protesters a fraction of her age to shame. She took part in Stop the War's anti-war mass assembly in Traflagar Square on 8 October.

Hetty's indominatable commitment to the fight for justice and peace is an inspiration to all who have had the privilege of campaigning beside her.

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