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Suspend the $15-billion sale of LAV IIIs to Saudi Arabia and sign the Arms Treaty (ATT)

Posted by on Feb 2, 2016 in General News, Uncategorized

The Canadian Voice of Women for Peace is deeply concerned that the newly- elected Canadian government seems intent on completing the $15-billion sale of Canadian-made LAV III vehicles to Saudi Arabia initiated by the former government. The Canadian Government is able to stop or suspend exports under its export permit regime (Mike Blanchfield, Canadian Press,19 Jan 2016). We strongly urge the government to suspend this $15-billion sale and find ways to grow employment in industries that support a peaceful and just world.  The LAV IIIs, to be supplied over 14 years, are clearly intended for domestic use. When the sale was first announced in 2015, Jonathan Manthorpe (iPolitics, 23...

One Million Climate Jobs: A Challenge for Canada

Posted by on Feb 8, 2016 in General News

The latest from Climate Action Network Canada View this email in your browser Climate Action Network Canada The Latest News In the 01/31/2016 edition: One Million Climate Jobs: A Challenge for Canada Strong Climate Action Key to 1 Million Jobs One Million Climate Jobs: A Challenge for Canada Jan 29, 2016 08:00 am The warnings by the United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) that the current pace of emissions is already consuming the entire global carbon budget is a clear indication that market forces on their own are not in a position to provide the kind of transition that will prevent catastrophic climate change. Governments must step...

Posted by on Feb 8, 2016 in General News

  Leap Year 2016. Call to Action.  Small steps are no longer enough. 2016 is our time to leap. *** 2016 is a Leap Year, when we add a day to our calendars to bring them into sync with the earth’s revolution around the sun. Because it’s easier to change our human systems than to change the laws of nature. *** To mark the Leap Year, people are gathering to mobilize towards new economic and energy systems. Community discussions.  Film screenings.  Actions.  Teach-ins.  From Leap Day onwards, events are happening around the world to leap to a post-carbon future, pursuing economic and social justice for all.   JOIN or...

International Women’s Human Rights Education Institute Intensive

Posted by on Feb 8, 2016 in General News

  Dear Friends of CWSE, Are you a women’s human rights defender?  Do you want to increase your understanding of women’s human rights, and learn how to use the UN Human Rights system and CEDAW, the UN Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women, to support your activism? Join other international activists, scholars, community workers, NGO representatives, lawyers and educators in learning about women’s human rights education and activism at the Women’s Human Rights Education Institute (WHRI), a collaboration between the Centre for Women’s Studies in Education/University of Toronto, and the Fundación Justicia y Género of Costa Rica. Applications now open for the following 2016...

Nobel Women’s Initiative Monthly Update: January 2016

Posted by on Feb 8, 2016 in General News

Web Version  |  Update preferences  |  Unsubscribe Like Tweet Forward Ensuring women are at the Syrian peace table As Syrian peace negotiations got underway in Geneva this week, it was clear that women are dramatically underrepresented.  This is not due to a lack of effort on the part of Syrian women’s organizations. Our partners, the Syrian Women’s Initiative for Peace and Democracy—created under the auspices of UN Women in 2013—is one of the groups that has been working around-the-clock to bring women’s experience directly into the negotiations.  Members of the Initiative will be part of the independent Women’s Advisory Board, providing guidance and input to the negotiation process through UN Special Envoy Staffan de...

Now Accepting Applications for the Rotary Peace Fellowship

Posted by on Jan 27, 2016 in General News

  Apply Now! The spike in regional and local conflicts around the globe has boosted the need for professionals skilled in waging peace. The fully funded Rotary Peace Fellowship, which covers tuition and living expenses, increases the capacity of current and emerging peace leaders to prevent and resolve conflict through academic training, field experience, and professional networking. Up to 100 fellows are selected every year in a globally competitive process based on personal, academic, and professional achievements. Fellows earn either a master’s degree or a professional development certificate in peace and conflict studies at one of the Rotary Peace Centers, located within seven leading universities around the world. The...

We are taking our Voices to Ottawa!

Posted by on Jan 20, 2016 in General News

We are taking our Voices to Ottawa! VOW is putting together a group to go to Ottawa March 6-8, 2016 to lobby our elected politicians. Will you join us? We will meet in Ottawa on March 6 for training in preparation for lobbying on Parliament Hill on March 7 and 8. The new Canadian government is asking for public input, and now is a great time to develop relationships with our MPs.  The Board is developing materials based on our 12 peace priorities and our call for Canada to develop a feminist foreign policy.  VOW will provide assistance in finding billeting or low-cost accommodations in Ottawa. Will you add...