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Posted by on Jan 31, 2018 in General News

Spending Her 17th Birthday in Jail: Let Ahed Tamimi Go Home

Spending Her 17th Birthday in Jail: Let Ahed Tamimi Go Home

Canadian Voice of Women for Peace calls on the Canadian government to uphold Canada’s commitment to international human rights, particularly those of children and youth in conflict areas.  Recently, the story of  Palestinian Ahed Tamimi, has become widely known. Judy Haiven in Rabble.ca draws our attention to the “16-year-old Palestinian girl from Nabi Saleh in the West Bank, who was recently dragged from her bed and her family in the dead of night, handcuffed and thrown in jail by the Israel Defence Forces (IDF).”  This arrest happened after a video of Ahed slapping a heavily armed Israeli soldier in her front yard became public.  The incident happened after, as her father reports, “soldiers shot her little cousin in the face, shattering his skull.” Under what kind of law would a child slapping a soldier in a helmet and body armour, carrying a gun, who was invading her property, result in this kind of arrest and charges?  Under what kind of law would violence against civilians, including children be acceptable? ...

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Posted by on Jan 23, 2018 in General News

Vancouver Women’s Forum on Peace and Security on the Korean Peninsula

Vancouver Women’s Forum on Peace and Security on the Korean Peninsula

For immediate release, January 16, 2018 Christine Ahn, Women Cross DMZ, Vancouver Women’s Forum Lead , + 1 310 482 9333 Media contact: Nancy McHarg, 604 760 4366 The Vancouver Summit on Korea missed a critical opportunity for peace. Instead of supporting the reduction of tensions in the Korean peninsula that began with the inter-Korean dialogue and the Olympics truce, the Foreign Ministers chose to further isolate and threaten North Korea. We urged Foreign Ministers to prepare the table for dialogue with North Korea.  Instead, they chose to obstruct the path for peace being laid by North and South Korea. The US-led “maximum pressure” approach has utterly failed to halt North Korea’s nuclear and missile program. Seventy years of sanctions and isolation of North Korea have only furthered the DPRK’s resolve to develop its nuclear arsenal. A maximum pressure campaign is not diplomacy that will lead to peace. Increased sanctions hurt ordinary people. Secretary Tillerson’s depiction today of commercial airline flights as potential targets of North Korea’s missile tests is...

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Posted by on Jan 16, 2018 in General News

Statement of the Vancouver Women’s Forum on Peace and Security on the Korean Peninsula

Statement of the Vancouver Women’s Forum on Peace and Security on the Korean Peninsula

We, the undersigned 16 delegates from five countries of the Vancouver Women’s Forum on Peace and Security on the Korean Peninsula, have gathered in Vancouver in solidarity with Canada’s Feminist Foreign Policy to promote a peaceful resolution to the crisis on the Korean Peninsula. Sanctions and isolation have failed to curb North Korea’s nuclear weapons program and instead severely harm the North Korean civilian population. A Korean Peninsula free of nuclear weapons will only be achieved through genuine engagement, constructive dialogue, and mutual cooperation. We issue the following recommendations to the Foreign Ministers participating in the January 16 Summit on Security and Stability in the Korean Peninsula: Immediately engage all relevant parties in dialogue, without preconditions, to work toward achieving a nuclear-free Korean peninsula;   Abandon support for the strategy of maximum pressure, lift sanctions which have a harmful effect on the North Korean people, work toward the normalization of diplomatic relations, remove barriers to citizen-to-citizen engagement, and strengthen humanitarian cooperation;   Extend the spirit of the Olympic truce...

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Posted by on Jan 2, 2018 in General News

VOW Mourns the Loss of Abby Lippman

VOW Mourns the Loss of Abby Lippman

We, at VOW are deeply saddened by the loss of our sister and long time activist Abby Lippman.  Abby was a devoted member of Canadian Voice of Women for Peace.   Abby died on Tuesday, December 26.  Her membership cheque, written a week before her death, arrived in our office today – almost a week after her passing.  Activism was her always her priority. Memorial info: INVITATION As you may have heard, Abby Lippman, feminist, women’s health expert and activist, anti-Zionist Jewish activist, and mentor to so many, died peacefully at home on December 26, 2017. There will be a memorial event for her at Concordia University in mid-April and we will let you know about this in a month or so. In the meantime, some of her friends are setting up a web page to honour her. We hope to include her academic accomplishments, her involvement with students, her community service and her engagement with activist organisations. Abby was important to so many movements and people that we are...

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Posted by on Jan 2, 2018 in Blogs

New Year’s Reflections

New Year’s Reflections

As we find a new year upon us, we find with it a renewed sense of energy, hope, and peace. We can also use these moments to reflect on the past year. Here are some thoughts about 2017 from VOW Board Co-Chairs Lyn Adamson and Janis Alton: First, let us appreciate just how wonderful it is that one of our own members, Setsuko Thurlow, Hiroshima survivor, received the Nobel Peace Prize in Oslo on December 10th, International Human Rights Day.  She received it along with Beatrice Fihn, the Executive Director of the International Campaign for the Abolition of Nuclear Weapons (ICAN).  This win led to an enormous amount of media attention.  You can hear a CTV interview with Setsuko here. You can read the moving Nobel acceptances speeches here or view entire the ceremony here. (Setsuko is at 1 hour and 4 minutes in). ICAN is a campaign supported by 468 groups across the world – including Canadian Voice of Women for Peace.  So we can celebrate this accomplishment...

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