Louisa Keilhau
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Louisa Keilhau
Louise Keilhau
Louise Keilhau International Congress of Women 1915.jpg
in 1915 at the Hague
Louise Ottesen

Known forpeace activist
ChildrenWilhelm Keilhau

Louise Keilhau (1860-1927) was a Norwegian teacher and peace activist.[1]


International Congress of Women in 1915. left to right:1. Lucy Thoumaian - Armenia, 2. Leopoldine Kulka, 3. Laura Hughes - Canada, 4. Rosika Schwimmer - Hungary, 5. Anika Augspurg - Germany, 6. Jane Addams - USA, 7. Eugenie Hanner, 8. Aletta Jacobs - Netherlands, 9. Chrystal Macmillan - UK, 10. Rosa Genoni - Italy, 11. Anna Kleman - Sweden, 12. Thora Daugaard - Denmark, 13. Louise Keilhau - Norway

Keilhau has realised that war was coming in the early part of the twentieth century and she traveled internationally to make ready. She was a leading member of the Norwegian Red Cross.[2]

Keilhau was credited with inspiring the Norwegian Red Cross to take an active role in relief of suffering during the First World War. She was the only woman on the Red Cross's executive board and she with the support of other women encouraged the Norwegian Red Cross to look up from its domestic problems.[2]

In 1915 she was chosen as the Norwegian delegate to a peace conference in the Hague.[1] Delegates were called from around the world although many had difficulties attending because the peace efforts were "only" of women and hostilities made travel difficult.[3]

Personal life

She was the mother of economist and historian Wilhelm Keilhau.[4]


  1. ^ a b "13. Louise Keilhau 1860 - 1927" (PDF). Wilpf.org. Retrieved 2019.
  2. ^ a b "Humanitarianism (Norway) | International Encyclopedia of the First World War (WW1)". Encyclopedia.1914-1918-online.net. Retrieved .
  3. ^ Jutta M. Joachim (24 July 2007). Agenda Setting, the UN, and NGOs: Gender Violence and Reproductive Rights. Georgetown University Press. pp. 42-44. ISBN 1-58901-233-X.
  4. ^ Munthe, Preben. "Wilhelm Keilhau". In Helle, Knut]] (ed.). Norsk biografisk leksikon (in Norwegian). Oslo: Kunnskapsforlaget. Retrieved 2019.

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