IF I HAD $ 1.75 TRILLION…
In 2012, the global military spending amounted to $1.75 trillion USD. Given the numerous crises facing the planet — economic, environmental, health, diplomatic — it is imperative that we strengthen a global movement to shift this money to human needs. We know that there are thousands of organizations and millions of individuals who support this point of view – what is needed is a mobilizing effort to make it visible.
Canadian Voice of Women is joining the International Peace Bureau (IPB), GDAMS team in a ‘selfie’ campaign to create public awareness about what the money currently invested in the military sector could be used for instead.
So tell us what you think; should governments move the money from the military sector to help fight climate change? To provide education for everyone? To ensure health insurance to all citizens? To provide humanitarian aid? Take a selfie and tell us where you think the $1.75 trillion should be moved to, using the line “If I had $1.75 trillion, I would #movethemoney! to…’.
Senate Human Rights Committee Examines Implementation Of UN Security Council ResolutionsOn Women, Peace And Security In Canada
OTTAWA (March 24, 2014)
Today, The Standing Senate Committee On Human Rights Is Examining The Progress Made To Date In Implementing Canada’s 2010 National Action Plan (C-NAP) For The Implementation Of UN Security Council Resolutions On Women, Peace And Security. During Its Public Hearing, Senators Will Hear From Witnesses Representing The Government Of Canada, The United Nations And Civil Society.
VOW Board Member Marilou McPhedran Presented To The Committee
The Webcast Is Available From The Following Site, In Both Audio And Video Formats.
VOW Youth Peace Summit, Manitoba 2014
Equality, Activism, and Empowerment
Friday May 2nd, 2014, 9:00am-3:00pm
Menno Simons College at the University of Winnipeg
520 Portage Ave, Winnipeg, MB
You are invited to the launch of a new peace curriculum developed by Voice of Women for Peace (VOW) Manitoba in consultation with Girl Guides of Canada. You will be the first to view and to explore this unique curriculum at the VOW Youth Peace Summit where students will participate in forum theatre, art, open dialogue, and critical thinking as they learn about current issues related to gender equality and peace.
Only 50 student places are available; registration will be first come, first serve. Registration is FREE.
Introduced last week at the 58th United Nations Commission on the Status of Women in New York, the unique curriculum was received with acclaim. Educators around the world (in particular Pakistani educators) are waiting to view the curriculum on-line; however, we want Manitoba educators and students – you – to experience it first.
Interested students, parents, and teachers can refer to the VOW Manitoba Facebook page, where information packages and registration forms are available.
Voice of Women for Peace Manitoba
VOW Manitoba has committed itself to promoting peace education. VOW Manitoba seeks to work with youth to uncover the tools necessary to creating a culture of peace and to discover the potential of each individual to make a difference. Through active participation, students will develop skills related to peace building, conflict resolution and social change at the VOW Peace Summit. In addition to expanding knowledge on peace, students will also have the chance to build relationships with others who share an interest in social justice and to be part of the academic process.
The VOW Peace Summit is co-sponsored by Menno Simons College and Global College at University of Winnipeg. Three young women and men per high school from diverse backgrounds are invited to attend.
contact firstname.lastname@example.org to register today
August 25 – 29, 2014
Curious about careers and activism in peace? Come to camp to meet amazing women, explore local and global opportunities, network to create and support future projects and enjoy the beauty of Kootenay Lake.
Participants may receive funding support to attend the Voice of Women Annual General Meeting or the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women Conference in March 2015.
Monday August 25th- Friday, August 29th
Phone 250-777-4438 or email email@example.com
An Interview with Jean Lee by Marijke Vander Klok
Imagine: It’s 1963. Together with twenty four other women, all passionate members of the Canadian Voice of Women for Peace, you embark on the trip of a lifetime. You’ve never been in an airplane before, and you take off from Toronto Pearson International (a shack in a field compared to how it looks today!) to fly across the Atlantic and taste Europe for the very first time.
In London, England, you are invited to the homes of well-to-do individuals who identify themselves as communists. You share a meal with them, discussing peace and gender equality. Back in North America, in the throes of the Cold War, it is practically a criminal offence to be affiliated with the Communist Party, but in London, it’s nothing to be a communist.
by Marijke Vander Klok On a cold morning near the end of November, I had the privilege of meeting Bruna Nota at her home in Christie Gardens. Bruna Nota, a long-time member of the Canadian Voice of Women for Peace, she was also the international president of the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF - www.wilpfinternational.org) and participated in the 1995 United Nations’ Fourth World Conference on Women. Bruna greeted …