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Posted by on Sep 6, 2017 in General News

VOW Videos – The United Nation’s Commission on Status of Women

VOW Videos – The United Nation’s Commission on Status of Women

  VOW’s long standing links with the UN has always been dedicated towards empowering women’s voice for peace. It also includes many opportunities to engage with relevant UN meetings such as its Commission on the Status of Women (CSW). The United Nation’s Commission on Status of Women (UNCSW) invites representatives from all over the world, in March of every year, to the UN Headquarters, New York. This year the 61st session took place from March 13 to 24. More than 3,900 civil society representatives from 138 countries participated in this great event. Voice of Women for Peace (VOW), Canada, also sent around 20 women representatives. These enthusiastic and passionate women travelled to NY and actively engaged themselves in a variety of events. This video highlights the 61st meeting, focusing on Women’s Economic Empowerment.  ...

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Posted by on Sep 6, 2017 in General News

Stop the Violence Against Rohingya; End Discrimination and Protect Civilians.

Stop the Violence Against Rohingya; End Discrimination and Protect Civilians.

  Rohingya minority in Myanmar, formerly Burma, have been facing continuing persecution that, according to many reports and experts, has reached the extent of a genocide. Myanmar government has refused to grant them citizenship and they remain the most persecuted social group in the country. Canadian Voice of Women for Peace condemns the systematic attacks on Rohingya minority and calls on Myanmar’s leader and Nobel Peace Laureate, Aung San Suu Kyi to take a serious action to stop the systematic attacks on them and to give access to aid workers. Rohingya, comprising 1.6 percent of the country’s population, are Muslims who live in the northern part of Rakhine State. The conflict erupted in late August between the country’s armed forces and Rohingya militants. The conflict has since escalated as official reports confirm that 400 were killed in the recent violence. More than 120,000 have fled to Bangladesh, while 400,000 are trapped in the conflict. According to several reports, United Nations’ aid agencies are blocked from delivering food, water and...

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Posted by on Sep 5, 2017 in General News

VOW Endorses the CPG Recommendations to the Government of Canada

VOW Endorses the CPG Recommendations to the Government of Canada

  Editor’s note: VOW endorses Pugwash Group conference “Canada’s Contribution to Global Security” recommendations to the government of Canada. Several VOW members attended the conference.  Recommendations to the Government of Canada Canadian Pugwash Group Conference – July 2017 The Canadian Pugwash Group (CPG) held a conference entitled “Canada’s Contribution to Global Security”, July 23-25 in Halifax, Nova Scotia. The conference commemorated the 150th anniversary of Confederation as well as the 60th anniversary of the international Pugwash movement. The focus of the conference was the current and future contribution Canada could make to global security and to countering existential threats to humanity. The CPG Board of Directors has endorsed the following recommendations developed by the conference participants for consideration by the Government of Canada: 1. Canada should sign the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons and state that it will, through dialogue and changes to its own policies and practices, persist in efforts to bring NATO into conformity with the Treaty, with a view to Canada’s ratification as soon...

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Posted by on Aug 30, 2017 in General News

Canada, Sign the Nuclear Ban Treaty!

Canada, Sign the Nuclear Ban Treaty!

  The Security Council met on August 29th to consider the heightened tensions on the Korean Peninsula. Janis Alton*, Co-Chair of VOW, sent a letter to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, urging Canada to to be a voice for diplomacy at the UN and sign the Nuclear Ban Treaty.   Dear Prime Minister Trudeau; Today, August 29, the emergency meeting of the UN Security Council to discuss North Korea’s firing of a missile over Japan recognizes the growing concern of North Korea’s actions. This meeting must also address the provocative action of the US and South Korea through their war games. We are writing to you to urge you to be a voice for diplomacy at the UN in these urgent matters. For ten days starting August 21, 2017, U.S. and South Korean forces will be carrying out the Ulchi Freedom Guardian war drills involving tens of thousands of soldiers from both militaries simulating an invasion of North Korea. Proponents say they are needed to deter aggression from Pyongyang whereas North Korea views...

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Posted by on Aug 23, 2017 in General News

Ontario Peace Leadership Camp

Ontario Peace Leadership Camp

  Peacemaking women of all ages and backgrounds gathered at the Hub and Hearth Center in the Hockley Valley near Orangeville for our 4th year.  It was an opportunity to connect, learn and get inspired by each other. This year, peace Leadership Camp activities had a special focus on indigenous rights. This Included Bimaadziimgat Nbiish: Anishinaabe Water Teachings, and the much talked about KAIROS Blanket Exercise; an interactive exercise that explores historic contemporary relationship between indigenous and non-indigenous people in Canada. As well as sharing personal reflections, we discussed how we can help to create a culture of justice, peace, love, and inclusiveness.   Women shared their feminist and peace activism experiences, explored different advocacy tools and told stories of resilience and solidarity from around the world. We had an evening of cultural sharing- poetry, art, sing-alongs, and dance around the bonfire.  A weekend of learning, great food and laughter.   Since 2012, VOW has held leadership training summer camps across the country. The purpose is to engage, inspire and educate...

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