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Statement of the Vancouver Women’s Forum on Peace and Security on the Korean Peninsula

Posted by on Jan 16, 2018 in General News

We, the undersigned 16 delegates from five countries of the Vancouver Women’s Forum on Peace and Security on the Korean Peninsula, have gathered in Vancouver in solidarity with Canada’s Feminist Foreign Policy to promote a peaceful resolution to the crisis on the Korean Peninsula. Sanctions and isolation have failed to curb North Korea’s nuclear weapons program and instead severely harm the North Korean civilian population. A Korean Peninsula free of nuclear weapons will only be achieved through genuine engagement, constructive dialogue, and mutual cooperation. We issue the following recommendations to the Foreign Ministers participating in the January 16 Summit on Security and Stability in the Korean Peninsula: Immediately engage...

VOW Mourns the Loss of Abby Lippman

Posted by on Jan 2, 2018 in General News

We, at VOW are deeply saddened by the loss of our sister and long time activist Abby Lippman.  Abby was a devoted member of Canadian Voice of Women for Peace.   Abby died on Tuesday, December 26.  Her membership cheque, written a week before her death, arrived in our office today – almost a week after her passing.  Activism was her always her priority. Memorial info: INVITATION As you may have heard, Abby Lippman, feminist, women’s health expert and activist, anti-Zionist Jewish activist, and mentor to so many, died peacefully at home on December 26, 2017. There will be a memorial event for her at Concordia University in mid-April and...

New Year’s Reflections

Posted by on Jan 2, 2018 in Blogs

As we find a new year upon us, we find with it a renewed sense of energy, hope, and peace. We can also use these moments to reflect on the past year. Here are some thoughts about 2017 from VOW Board Co-Chairs Lyn Adamson and Janis Alton: First, let us appreciate just how wonderful it is that one of our own members, Setsuko Thurlow, Hiroshima survivor, received the Nobel Peace Prize in Oslo on December 10th, International Human Rights Day.  She received it along with Beatrice Fihn, the Executive Director of the International Campaign for the Abolition of Nuclear Weapons (ICAN).  This win led to an enormous amount of...

Betty Peterson celebrates 100th Birthday

Posted by on Dec 28, 2017 in General News

Nova Scotia Voice of Women for Peace helped to organize and came together to share a celebration of the 100th birthday of Betty Peterson, our long-time mentor and inspiration. It is our turn now to continue the work that Betty is passing on to us.  She always said “keep on keeping on”.  She was always willing to put herself on the line for peace, social justice, and the rights of First Nations peoples. Betty is undoubtedly an inspiration to us all.  Happy 100th, Betty. The Coast news outlet published this great article about Betty. “This is a tribute—a warm birthday greeting—to a remarkable woman. Halifax activist Betty Peterson, a...

We are hiring!

Posted by on Dec 22, 2017 in General News

Position: National Coordinator Organization: Canadian Voice of Women for Peace Location: Toronto   Established in 1960, Canadian Voice of Women for Peace (VOW) is a non-partisan Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) comprised of a network of diverse women with consultative status at the United Nations ECOSOC. For 55 years, VOW has tirelessly advocated for a world without war. We are a part of a growing and select number of NGOs that provide women the opportunity to appeal to national government and international diplomats, attend conferences at the United Nations including the UN Commission on the Status of Women, and to write and present briefs and statements to political heads of state...

Lethal Arms Sales From Canada to the Ukraine

Posted by on Dec 18, 2017 in General News

The Canadian Voice of Women for Peace objects strongly to the Canadian Government’s recent decision to break a twenty-six year de-facto embargo on lethal weapons sales to Ukraine. By adding Ukraine to the  Automatic Firearms Country Control List, the government can and will permit Canadian arms manufacturers to sell Ukraine automatic firearms and devices otherwise prohibited under the criminal code. According to the KyivPost, Canada posted its decision on the official government website on Dec 13,  the day after U.S. President Donald Trump signed the U.S. defense appropriations bill for the fiscal year 2018 on Dec.12, authorizing $350 million in military aid for Ukraine next year. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau...