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VOW Condemns Decision to Recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s Capital

Posted by on Dec 11, 2017 in General News

-for immediate release- Canadian Voice of Women for Peace strongly opposes the Trump administration’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, and begin the process of relocating its embassy to Jerusalem. VOW believes that the world’s governments should not recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital until Israel has reached a mutually agreed upon peace settlement with the Palestinians. “The status of Jerusalem is one of the most sensitive issues in the Israel-Palestine conflict, and Israel is in violation of international law on several counts vis-à-vis Jerusalem,” stated Canadian for Justice and Peace in the Middle East (CJPME) President Thomas Woodley. “Trump’s announcement is needlessly provocative and inflammatory,” Woodley added. CJPME...

Reception in Honour of Setsuko Thurlow in Centre Block on Parliament Hill

Posted by on Dec 11, 2017 in General News

In honour of Seksuko Thurlow, accepting the nobel peace prize on behalf of the International Campaign to End Nuclear Weapons (ICAN), a reception was held in Centre Block on Parliament Hill in Ottawa.  Several VOW members attended including co-chair Lyn Adamson, Nancy Covington, Eryl Court, and Diane McIntyre.           There were several speakers including Nancy Covington and the Ambassador of Kazakhstan.  Kazakhstan is the worlds largest producer of uranium. Canada is next.   Kazakhstan was site of Soviet testing and 1.5 million suffered from radiation poisoning. They negotiated a central Azia nuclear weapons free zone which was an astounding accomplishment. Click here for more...

B.C. Southern Interior Peace Coalition Conference

Posted by on Nov 15, 2017 in Blogs, General News

Written by Hannah Hadikin, member of the VOW Board of Directors Approximately every six months for the past couple decades or longer, a dedicated group of peace activist members and supporters gather to attend the BC Southern Interior Peace Coalition (BCSIPC) Conference.  This bi-annual Conference alternates between the Okanagan, Boundary and West Kootenay regions. This time around the Conference was hosted by the West Kootenay group with the MIR Centre in Castlegar serving as the venue.  As usual, the excitement of seeing familiar faces and the pleasure of meeting new attendees and catching up over coffee and muffins, is the order of the day! Folks from Kelowna, Kaslo, Grand...

PLAAY Participates at Nocturne: Art at Night

Posted by on Oct 16, 2017 in General News

Peace Leadership Activism and Action for Youth (PLAAY) is the new youth chapter of Canadian Voice of Women in Nova Scotia. Nocturne: Art at Night – An annual evening of art and wonder in the heart of Halifax. October 14, 2017.  PLAAY’s art installation was:  How Many Times Must the Cannonballs Fly?  The cannons at Historic Properties will be shrouded in a veil of white poppies, transformed to remember all casualties of war.   The theme of Nocturne : Art at Night this year was “Vanish”.  We invited participants to walk the road to peace (a path with messages about the costs and effects of war, and an invitation to think about...

Peace in Palestine Campaign

Posted by on Oct 12, 2017 in General News

VOW is very pleased to announce that we have signed on to The Peace in Palestine campaign is an effort to get Canada’s politicians to have an honest public discussion about Israel’s illegal “settlements,” and how Canada must respond.  A core component of the campaign is a Parliamentary ePetition, calling on the government to “demand that Israel immediately and completely cease all settlement activities in the occupied Palestinian territories.” VOW urges you to please sign the Parliamentary ePetition now! Through the grassroots support for this campaign, the Peace in Palestine hopes to force the introduction of a parliamentary motion on Israel’s illegal settlement activities. For more information, go to...

International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) awarded Nobel Peace Prize

Posted by on Oct 12, 2017 in General News

Canadian Voice of Women for Peace (VOW) is so excited to announce that the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for 2017.  VOW is a proud and long time partner organization to ICAN. On Friday October 6th from Oslo, Norway: “The Norwegian Nobel Committee has decided to award the Nobel Peace Prize for 2017 to the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN). The organization is receiving the award for its work to draw attention to the catastrophic humanitarian consequences of any use of nuclear weapons and for its ground-breaking efforts to achieve a treaty-based prohibition of such weapons.” What a wonderful...