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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...

Manara Awards: all the winners are Palestinians!

Posted by on May 18, 2016 in Blogs, General News

By Yusur Al Bahrani It doesn’t take many hours to travel from Palestine to Jordan, but that’s not what Palestinians tell. It takes them more than eight hours despite the short distance. They have to pass through the Palestinian, Israeli, and then, Jordanian checkpoints. And that’s their only way to the outside world. However, they were enthusiastic and filled with energy during their participation in Manara Award for Gender Equality. Despite the challenges that Palestinian participants face, they all come together to break the barriers of discrimination against women and gender inequality.   Under the patronage of her Royal Highness Princess Basma Bint Talal, and with the presence of...

Women Cross the DMZ

Posted by on May 16, 2016 in Blogs, General News

by Janis Alton editor’s note:  Janis Alton travelled in May, 2015  I was part of a recent international women’s walk for peace – not so unusual in itself except this time the context was Korea. The plan was to walk across the demilitarized zone between North and South Korea. For 70 years this has been a heavily mined and guarded no-man’s land (250 km long, approximately 4 km wide) intended to enforce the hasty decision made at the end of World War II to award the victors this obscure Korean peninsula occupied by Japan for 35 years. And so Washington slapped a line along the 38th parallel with the north...

Through a Passionate Eye

Posted by on May 11, 2016 in Blogs, General News

by Ainun Afroza A fairy tale… •Once upon a time, there was a world without “Conflicts”.The leaders of each nation recognized the need for co-operation and met regularly to solve any potential problems before they could grow. •They never disagreed on matters needing attention or on ways to handle these matters, and so, there were never any international tensions,and of course there was no “War”. Read more here editor’s note:  Ainun made this presentation at the reportback in Toronto (CSW60) of her trip in 2016 to the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women...

CSW60: A Personal Experience

Posted by on May 11, 2016 in Blogs, General News

by Marney Cuff Reporting on my experience at the UN CSW60 has proven to be a most daunting, yet enlightening, experience. This was my first experience of the both the UN and, though I have been a member of VOW for a few years, also the first time I had the privilege of meeting and working with so many passionate, gifted VOW women (I live in Nunavut). Strong, passionate women past and present, and from many corners of the country, have created and nurtured such an important, respected vehicle of social change we know as VOW. For this I am truly grateful. I come to VOW with the heart/soul/mind...


Posted by on May 9, 2016 in Blogs, General News

Last week Houston.  This week Fort McMurray.  Next week: where on earth? The climate crisis knows no bounds and its hallmark is unpredictability.  We know the general trends, as the carbon dioxide levels rise in the atmosphere, but we don’t know exactly when the impacts of extreme weather on human communities and ecosystems will happen next. As a mother, I am distressed that we are handing on to our children a world descending into climate chaos.  As a mother, I am distressed by the impact armed conflict is having on communities in the middle east and beyond, and by the trillions of dollars going into the military and ‘defence’ while the real threats...

Women in Politics: Fast Forward

Posted by on May 9, 2016 in Blogs, General News

  By Yusur Al Bahrani   Participants were filled with energy and enthusiasm; sounds of optimistic laughter echoed under the dome of Parliament of Jordan. Instead of men in black, grey or blue suits, the place was filled with finely dressed women. Some of them wore their traditional attires. During breaks, women exchange art pieces, scarves and beaded fabric purses with each other. Peace building was a priority during their discussions and panels. In a country surrounded by tensions and conflicts, more than 400 women Members of Parliaments and governments from more than 80 countries found a safe space in Amman to meet, network and discuss their perspectives during...