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Posted by on Aug 10, 2016 in General News

Executive Summary Although the Canadian Voice of Women for Peace (VOW) appreciates the opportunity to contribute to this defence policy review (DPR), our organization is concerned that women’s voices and the voices of peace are minimized and marginalized. The DPR maintains a masculinized perception of defence and a militarized conception of security. VOW contends that men with guns and the male-dominated institution of the military do not defend our human security. Rather it is the realization of gender equality, the protection of human rights, the adherence to the rule of law, and the investment in social welfare and environmental protection that secures the lives of women, men, girls and...

Mary’s inspiring story and a generous matching campaign

Posted by on Oct 19, 2016 in General News

Dear VOWs   “One of my biggest fears during the harsh, cold winters was when I was dressing small children, adding layers, in fear that they would have severe frostbite or worse. Their shivering bodies haunt my nights.” Mary Selvarajah joined VOW several years ago. She is a member of the VOW Toronto Council and has attended our PeacemakeHers Leadership Camps. This is one of Mary’s stories from this past year when she volunteered in Lesvos, Greece, one of many Syrian refugee camps. “You hear stories of parents who lost their children, saw their daughters raped, their sons tortured, their children starving or dying in an explosion!” “These are real...


Posted by on Oct 5, 2016 in Blogs, General News

by Lyn Adamson , VOW Co-chair  150 women activists from India and around the world gathered for a four day conference on peace and nonviolence.  Of the 100 women from India 50 are being honoured for their dedication and long term community activism. I was a panelist in the session on emerging global crises and solutions.  My presentation on the urgency of climate action was well received and was followed up with a small group session the next day.  We learned about the impacts of climate change in several parts of India, and what ws most striking in that sharing was the impact of coal in Orissa.  Coal mining...

Bill C-242 An Act to amend the Criminal Code (inflicting torture)

Posted by on Sep 21, 2016 in General News

Bill C-242   Jeanne Sarson and Linda MacDonald, of Persons Against Non-State Torture, are two Nova Scotia nurses who have dedicated many years in support of survivors.  They are asking for support of Bill C-242 An Act to amend the Criminal Code (inflicting torture), the private members bill by MP Peter Fragiskatos. The Bill will be studied by the House of Commons Standing Committee on Justice and Human Rights this fall, and Jeanne and Linda will be testifying before the committee on Thursday, September 22.   MP Peter Fragiskatos has an online petition that VOW members could consider signing.  The petition is in the journal of the Canadian Nurse with...

Champions for the cause

Posted by on Sep 21, 2016 in General News

Jeanne Sarson and Linda MacDonald are determined to have non-state torture recognized as a human rights violation and a crime.   Article is from Canadian Nurse. Teckles Photography Inc. Jeanne Sarson and Linda MacDonald are hopeful they are nearing success in their 23-year campaign to have non-state torture recognized as a human rights violation and a crime in Canada, thanks to a private member’s bill now at the committee stage in the House of Commons. Liberal MP Peter Fragiskatos introduced Bill C-242 in the House in February. On April 21, during second reading of the bill, MPs lauded Sarson and MacDonald for their commitment to human rights and...

Sailing for Peace and a Nuclear-Weapons Free World

Posted by on Sep 13, 2016 in General News

  Last week, VOW Member Tamara Lorincz met with the inspiring crew from the Golden Rule peace sailboat during its first visit to Victoria, British Columbia. In 1958, the Golden Rule and her crew of Quaker peace activists attempted to sail into the U.S. nuclear bomb test zone in the Marshall Islands.  They were stopped by the U.S. Coast Guard in Honolulu, where they were arrested and jailed.  Worldwide publicity helped spur international opposition to atmospheric nuclear testing and led to the 1963 signing of Partial Nuclear Test Ban Treaty by the United States, Britain and the Soviet Union.  Six years ago the Golden Rule was pulled up from...

Three Canadian Women on the Women’s Boat to Gaza

Posted by on Aug 31, 2016 in General News

for immediate release Three Canadian women are joining the Freedom Flotilla’s current campaign to break the illegal blockade of Gaza. The mission highlights the indomitable spirit and women’s role in the struggle of daily life under occupation. They join other women from around the world who will set sail from Barcelona September 14 to reach the shores of Gaza by early October. Eva Manly, Canadian Boat to Gaza’s delegated participant, is a retired documentary maker and photographer, whose work has been shown nationally and internationally and is distributed by VTape (Toronto) & VIVO (Vancouver), she has worked with First Nations people in Canada, peace & justice issues in Central America, including accompaniment of Mayan...