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Spending Her 17th Birthday in Jail: Let Ahed Tamimi Go Home

Posted by on Jan 31, 2018 in General News

Canadian Voice of Women for Peace calls on the Canadian government to uphold Canada’s commitment to international human rights, particularly those of children and youth in conflict areas.  Recently, the story of  Palestinian Ahed Tamimi, has become widely known. Judy Haiven in Rabble.ca draws our attention to the “16-year-old Palestinian girl from Nabi Saleh in the West Bank, who was recently dragged from her bed and her family in the dead of night, handcuffed and thrown in jail by the Israel Defence Forces (IDF).”  This arrest happened after a video of Ahed slapping a heavily armed Israeli soldier in her front yard became public.  The incident happened after, as...

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

Posted by on Jan 23, 2018 in General News

For immediate release, January 16, 2018 Christine Ahn, Women Cross DMZ, Vancouver Women’s Forum Lead , + 1 310 482 9333 Media contact: Nancy McHarg, 604 760 4366 The Vancouver Summit on Korea missed a critical opportunity for peace. Instead of supporting the reduction of tensions in the Korean peninsula that began with the inter-Korean dialogue and the Olympics truce, the Foreign Ministers chose to further isolate and threaten North Korea. We urged Foreign Ministers to prepare the table for dialogue with North Korea.  Instead, they chose to obstruct the path for peace being laid by North and South Korea. The US-led “maximum pressure” approach has utterly failed to halt...

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...