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Posted by on Aug 16, 2016 in Blogs

Presentation by Jacqueline Burgoyne on the UN Commission on the Status of Women

See original presentation From 1947 to present, the Commission focused on setting standards and formulating international conventions to change discriminatory legislation and foster global awareness of women’s issues. Grounded in the vision of equality enshrined in the UN Charter, UN Women, among other issues, works for the: The elimination of discrimination against women and girls. Empowerment of women. Achievement of equality between women and men as partners and beneficiaries of development, human rights, humanitarian action and peace and security. WILPF: 101YearsofCommitmenttoPeacebuilding Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom WILPF’s and MADRE’s Symposium: Implementing the Women, Peace & Security Agenda: A Roadmap for the 1325 Global Study Recommendations” at NY Law Cent,” The Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF) is an international non- governmental organization (NGO) with National Sections covering every continent, an International Secretariat based in Geneva, and a New York office focused on the work of the United Nations (UN). Since our establishment in 1915, we have brought together women from around the world who are...

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Posted by on Aug 16, 2016 in General News

War Resisters- letter to John McCallum & plea by Rodney Watson

War Resisters- letter to John McCallum & plea by Rodney Watson

VOW has sent a letter to the Hon. John McCallum, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, to appeal to him to let U.S. war resisters stay in Canada. Read the letter here Support War Resisters in Canada Letter_VOW final 2016 Watch this new video by the War Resisters Support Campaign: VOW is calling on the federal government to stop the deportation of U.S. war resisters, rescind Operational Bulletin 202, allow them and their families to have permanent residency status in Canada, and halt the planned legal challenges against these war resisters that are scheduled this fall. VOW is especially concerned about the welfare of Rodney Watson who has been in sanctuary for seven years in the First United Church in Vancouver to avoid deportation and military imprisonment. Watch Rodney’s plea to Prime Minister Trudeau...

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Posted by on Aug 15, 2016 in General News

VOW Members interviewed about women, the military, climate change, and how to respond to militarism

VOW Members interviewed about women, the military, climate change, and how to respond to militarism

VOW member Rose Marie Whalley interviews  Lyn Adamson, Joan Russow, and Emily Gilbert about VOW and its many campaigns on her radio show Older Women Live (OWL). Their discussion includes Ursula Franklin and the music is by Penny Lang, both members of VOW. It was aired on CKUT 90.3FM, McGill Campus Community Radio, from 6-7pm on Wednesday, August 10. to listen click here (interview begins about six minutes into the...

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Posted by on Aug 15, 2016 in General News

Letter of 2016 World Conference against A & H Bombs to Open Ended Working Group & International Declaration

Letter of 2016 World Conference against A & H Bombs to Open Ended Working Group & International Declaration

The 2016 World Conference against A and H Bombs, which was held on August 2-9, 2016, in Hiroshima and Nagasaki, sent a below letter on August 4 to  the Chair of the Open Ended Working Group – Taking Forward Multilateral Nuclear Disarmament Negotiations, which started its 3rd session on August 5 in Geneva.  The 2016 International Declaration, which was adopted in the International Meeting of the World Conference on August 4, was attached to the letter. The letter and the declaration was handed over to the Chair. H.E. Ambassador Thani Thongphakdi Chair of the Open Ended Working Group – Taking Forward Multilateral Nuclear Disarmament Negotiations August 4, 2016   Dear Ambassador Thani Thongphakdi,   At present, 71st year of the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, we are meeting at the 2016 World Conference against Atomic and Hydrogen Bombs from August 2 to 9 in Hiroshima and Nagasaki to discuss the theme of “A Nuclear Weapon-free, Peaceful and Just World”.   Since the first World Conference against A and...

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Posted by on Aug 15, 2016 in General News

Do You Like Nuclear Bombs? If not,  let’s eliminate them from the planet!

Do You Like Nuclear Bombs? If not, let’s eliminate them from the planet!

  Mid-September Deadline to Influence Prime Minister Trudeau by Metta Spencer, president of Science for Peace  For the first time in many years there’s a realistic chance to do that! In October the U.N. General Assembly may vote on whether to hold a conference in 2017, open to all States, inter­na­tion­al organ­izations and civil society, to negotiate a legally-bind­ing instru­ment to prohibit nuclear weapons. All countries with nuclear weapons would be required to eliminate them according to a timetable. All other countries, including Canada, would be monitored to make sure they are following the agreement. Polls show that 90 percent of Canadians favor this idea, but the Canadian government seems likely to vote against it. So let’s fill Prime Min­ister Trudeau’s office by mid-September with a truckload of letters telling him to vote for it, and urging Canada to take the lead in abolishing all nuclear weapons. Here’s how to do your part: Write in your own words a letter to Prime Minister Trudeau —it can be as short...

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