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Ban the Bomb! Sign our petition today

Posted by on May 10, 2017 in General News

Ban the Bomb!  Sign our petition today. Click here. Canadian Voice of Women for Peace asks where is Canada? Historic negotiations of a treaty banning nuclear weapons are on now at the United Nations! The vast majority of countries are gathering from 15 June to 7 July to finally prohibit these weapons of mass destruction once and for all, the same way that biological and chemical weapons, and landmines and cluster bombs, have been banned. Canada was an active leader in these treaties, but is missing out on banning nuclear weapons because it has been instructed by the United States to boycott the negotiations. We urge our government to...

MOTHER’S DAY IS PEACE DAY

Posted by on May 10, 2017 in General News

Did you know that Mother’s Day originated as a peace day? In 1870, Julia Ward Howe, an American social activist and poet, wrote the Mother’s Day Proclamation that was a passionate plea for peace. She published it after witnessing the devastation of the American Civil War and to protest the Franco-Prussian War. During the Civil War, Howe cared for soldiers’ grieving widows and orphaned children. Her proclamation begins, “Arise, then, women of this day!” Howe hoped to mobilize women to renounce war and work together for non-violent conflict resolution. Mothers, all women, have an important role to play in creating a culture of peace in our homes and in...

FROM COAST TO COAST, VOW PROTESTED AGAINST MILITARY SPENDING

Posted by on May 10, 2017 in General News

In solidarity with the Global Campaign against Military Spending (www.demilitarize.org), VOW members held rallies in Victoria, Toronto and Halifax to call for a reduction in military spending and a re-allocation to urgent social and environmental needs. Last year, the government of Canada spent $28 billion on the Department of National Defence. Canada is now the 7th highest military spender among NATO members and 17th highest in the world.  However, the federal government spent only $1.5 billion for the Department of Environment & Climate Change Canada (ECCC). Over the past two decades, military spending has dramatically increased but funding for environmental protection and climate action has flat-lined. With catastrophic climate change,...

VOW Remembers Ann Straus Gertler

Posted by on May 10, 2017 in General News

Canadian Voice of Women for Peace send our deepest condolences to the family of Ann Straus Gertler.  Ann was a long-time member and generous supporter of VOW.  This year she contributed $6000 to our matching campaign. She will be greatly missed.  Donations can be made by clicking here. Ann Straus Gertler NYC 25 October 1922 – Montreal 30 April 2017 (Printed in the Globe and Mail) At 94, wife and partner in all things for 70 years with the late Maynard Gertler, loving and fearless mother of five boys, grandmother and great-grandmother, demonstrator, mentor and networker, college teacher, US Senate staffer, co-founder of Harvest House Publishers, determined and passionate...

Unfolding Power: Documents in 20th Century Canadian Women’s History

Posted by on May 2, 2017 in General News

by Pat Staton, Rose Fine-Meyer, and Stephanie Kim Gibson A compilation of primary documents (diaries, letters, advertisements, essays, photographs) that provides a forum for the voices of women in Canada. It is organized chronologically, documenting the decades of the 20th century. Each chapter incorporates major themes that defined and impacted on women’s lives throughout the century, such as work, education, images of women, political action, and women in the home. End of chapter activities and selected resources provide support for using the documents. To order a copy of the book click here.  Use the code VOW and a donation will be made to Canadian Voice of Women for Peace....

Letter to Prime Minister Trudeau from VOW Co-Chair

Posted by on Apr 26, 2017 in General News

Dear Prime Minister Justin Trudeau: I am very  pleased to let you know of quick action taken by 200 international women, including myself as co-chair of Canadian Voice of Women for Peace,  to try to intervene peacefully in the meeting today at the White House at 3 p.m. between President Trump and the Senators. A letter (click on the link) Trump admin letter-April25 has been delivered to the White House  with some help, and including these words seeking assistance for its delivery, written by Gloria Steinem: “…I cannot tell you the degree of dread that is present in the streets about this mounting danger, and also the frustration among those of...