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Posted by on Jul 12, 2017 in General News

  Come join VOW in Ottawa September 22-24! On September 22-23, in conjunction with the Group of 78 and the Canadian Network to Abolish Nuclear Weapons, we will participate in the Policy Conference GETTING TO NUCLEAR ZERO BUILDING COMMON SECURITY FOR A POST-MAD WORLD. To register, click here. On  September 24, we will hold our Annual General Meeting as well as a public Panel Discussion. For Schedule and Panel Discussion program, please click here. Our program runs from 9 – 4 at Abbotsford House, 950 Bank St, in the Glebe, and you are most welcome to join us for the whole day. You are also invited to come just for our afternoon...

Canada, It’s Not Too Late to Ban the Bomb! Sign our petition today

Posted by on Sep 6, 2017 in General News, Nuclear Weapons

Canadian Voice of Women for Peace Asks Where is Canada? On July 7, 2017, 122 countries voted to adopt the historic Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons– a landmark international agreement that outlaws, categorically, the worst weapons of mass destruction, and establishes a pathway to their elimination. Canada didn’t attend the vote and has not supported the treaty. Fortunately, it’s not too late to do otherwise. The treaty will open for signature at UN Headquarters in New York on 20 September 2017, during the High-Level Segment of the 72nd Session of the United Nations General Assembly. We, Canadian Voice of Women for Peace, call on you to sign...

VOW Videos – The United Nation’s Commission on Status of Women

Posted by on Sep 6, 2017 in General News

  VOW’s long standing links with the UN has always been dedicated towards empowering women’s voice for peace. It also includes many opportunities to engage with relevant UN meetings such as its Commission on the Status of Women (CSW). The United Nation’s Commission on Status of Women (UNCSW) invites representatives from all over the world, in March of every year, to the UN Headquarters, New York. This year the 61st session took place from March 13 to 24. More than 3,900 civil society representatives from 138 countries participated in this great event. Voice of Women for Peace (VOW), Canada, also sent around 20 women representatives. These enthusiastic and passionate women...

Stop the Violence Against Rohingya; End Discrimination and Protect Civilians.

Posted by on Sep 6, 2017 in General News

  Rohingya minority in Myanmar, formerly Burma, have been facing continuing persecution that, according to many reports and experts, has reached the extent of a genocide. Myanmar government has refused to grant them citizenship and they remain the most persecuted social group in the country. Canadian Voice of Women for Peace condemns the systematic attacks on Rohingya minority and calls on Myanmar’s leader and Nobel Peace Laureate, Aung San Suu Kyi to take a serious action to stop the systematic attacks on them and to give access to aid workers. Rohingya, comprising 1.6 percent of the country’s population, are Muslims who live in the northern part of Rakhine State....

VOW Endorses the CPG Recommendations to the Government of Canada

Posted by on Sep 5, 2017 in General News

  Editor’s note: VOW endorses Pugwash Group conference “Canada’s Contribution to Global Security” recommendations to the government of Canada. Several VOW members attended the conference.  Recommendations to the Government of Canada Canadian Pugwash Group Conference – July 2017 The Canadian Pugwash Group (CPG) held a conference entitled “Canada’s Contribution to Global Security”, July 23-25 in Halifax, Nova Scotia. The conference commemorated the 150th anniversary of Confederation as well as the 60th anniversary of the international Pugwash movement. The focus of the conference was the current and future contribution Canada could make to global security and to countering existential threats to humanity. The CPG Board of Directors has endorsed the...

VOW Warmly Welcomes Kinana Issa as Our Interim National Coordinator

Posted by on Aug 30, 2017 in General News

As we say goodbye to our retiring  National Coordinator, SandraLaya Ruch, VOW welcomes its new Interim National Coordinator, Kinana Issa.  Kinana joined VOW last year and has been interning in our office over the past few months. Prior to joining VOW, Kinana was a development and cultural projects coordinator in both Canada and the Middle East.  She has extensive experience in training, facilitating, communications, monitoring and evaluation, capacity building and media relations. She is experienced in working with international organizations such as the European Union (EU) Commission and United Nations Development Program (UNDP), as well as grassroots NGOs and civil society initiatives. Kinana is a civil rights activist, feminist,...

SandraLaya Retires as VOW’s National Coordinator

Posted by on Aug 30, 2017 in Blogs, General News

Dear VOWs, Today,August 30th, 2017 is my last day as the National Coordinator of Canadian Voice of Women for Peace (VOW) after almost a decade.   It has been an exciting and life changing experience.  I look back over these past years with a lot of emotion.  We shared so many successes and so many disappointments, but through it all we continued in our determination to create a culture of peace. Over this period I also became a grandmother, and that only increased my commitment to work towards a safe world for our children and future generations to live and grow.   During my time at VOW, we established peace leadership...