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Sign our Petition: Move the Money from Militarism to Sustainability

Sign our Petition: Move the Money from Militarism to Sustainability

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FROM COAST TO COAST THE VOICE OF WOMEN SAY MOVE THE MONEY FROM MILITARISM TO SUSTAINABILITY

Posted by on Apr 20, 2016 in General News

Add your voice to our open letter as we call on the Government of Canada to reduce the military budget and re-allocate the funds to urgent environment and social needs.             To mark the 6th annual Global Campaign Against Military Spending from April 6-18, members of the Voice of Women for Peace held actions in Victoria, Toronto and Halifax to raise awareness about the troubling rise of military expenditures. According to the Stockholm International Research Institute, global military spending increased to $1.7 trillion. Canada is the 6th highest military spender among NATO countries. The Government of Canada spends $23 billion on the Department of...

MILITARY COSTS v. HUMANITARIAN NEEDS

Posted by on Apr 26, 2016 in General News

Statement for the Global Days of Action on Military Spending 2016 For obvious reasons, several news outlets have dubbed 2015 – and no doubt 2016 also – as the Year of the Refugee. In May 2015 the UN Secretary-General established the High Level Panel on Humanitarian Financing, in preparation for the Global Humanitarian Summit to be held in Istanbul in May. The Panel analysed both needs and resources in this area and assessed the gap as around $15 billion: The world spends today around US$ 25 billion to provide life-saving assistance to 125 million people devastated by wars and natural disasters. Despite the generosity of many donors, the gap...

Arms length with tyrants

Posted by on Apr 26, 2016 in Blogs, General News

https://erikasimpson.wordpress.com/ By Erika Simpson, Special to Postmedia Network Friday, April 22, 2016 6:40:56 EDT PM Beheading, stoning and flogging are all acceptable forms of criminal punishment in Saudi Arabia. Homosexual acts are punishable by flogging, imprisonment and even death, as is drug use. Courts can impose sentences of up to 2,500 lashes, and thousands of people have received unfair trials and been subject to arbitrary detention. The country’s anti-terrorism regulations are used to criminalize almost any form of peaceful criticism of the authorities, and dozens of human rights defenders are serving long prison sentences for criticizing authorities and demanding reform. General Dynamics Land Systems Canada and its predecessor in London...

Helen Tucker is gone, but Voice of Women lives on in other voices

Posted by on Apr 20, 2016 in General News

http://www.mississauga.com/blogs/post/6503687-helen-tucker-is-gone-but-voice-of-women-lives-on-in-other-voices/ Mississauga’s Jaqueline Burgoyne (left), Janis Alton (centre) and Alana Sarapicknas were part of the Canadian Voice of Women delegation that participated in the United Nations’ Status of Women Commission’s annual gathering in New York in mid-March. As three generations of Mississauga peace women huddle around the table on a bright spring morning, Helen Tucker hovers nearby. Or at least, her likeness does. In the middle of the living room table, Janis Alton has placed a photo of Tucker. She is wearing a signature outsized sweeping hat, beaming broadly at the camera. Appropriately so. Tucker is a touchstone for both Alton, whom she mentored, and for all women in...

VOWs  have been busy throughout Spring 2016

Posted by on Apr 20, 2016 in General News

  We really have been very active these past months.  We went to Ottawa and met with 10 Members of Parliament click here to read more.  We had a delegation of over 20 women that went to the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women (CSW60)(report back in Toronto at Friends House on April 28 read more here).  Our social media following has been increasing quickly on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn therefore bringing our values to people around the world. Our National office moved to the Beach in Toronto and this month we had a very successful Open House.  We were visited by our Member of Parliament,...