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Posted by on May 10, 2017 in General News

Ban the Bomb!  Sign our petition today

Ban the Bomb! Sign our petition today

Ban the Bomb!  Sign our petition today. Click here. Canadian Voice of Women for Peace asks where is Canada? Historic negotiations of a treaty banning nuclear weapons are on now at the United Nations! The vast majority of countries are gathering from 15 June to 7 July to finally prohibit these weapons of mass destruction once and for all, the same way that biological and chemical weapons, and landmines and cluster bombs, have been banned. Canada was an active leader in these treaties, but is missing out on banning nuclear weapons because it has been instructed by the United States to boycott the negotiations. We urge our government to stand up for Canada’s peacemaking values and our commitment to multilateralism and disarmament by engaging constructively in the ban treaty negotiations. Sign...

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Posted by on May 10, 2017 in General News

MOTHER’S DAY IS PEACE DAY

MOTHER’S DAY IS PEACE DAY

Did you know that Mother’s Day originated as a peace day? In 1870, Julia Ward Howe, an American social activist and poet, wrote the Mother’s Day Proclamation that was a passionate plea for peace. She published it after witnessing the devastation of the American Civil War and to protest the Franco-Prussian War. During the Civil War, Howe cared for soldiers’ grieving widows and orphaned children. Her proclamation begins, “Arise, then, women of this day!” Howe hoped to mobilize women to renounce war and work together for non-violent conflict resolution. Mothers, all women, have an important role to play in creating a culture of peace in our homes and in our world. We work hard to teach our children to be kind, to share and not to fight. These values should apply equally to our defence policies and foreign affairs. Read more about the history of Mother’s Day and the Peace Proclamation here.   Mother’s Day and nuclear weapons abolition by Phyllis Creighton Card companies, florists, and drugstores with perfumes...

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Posted by on May 10, 2017 in General News

FROM COAST TO COAST, VOW PROTESTED AGAINST MILITARY SPENDING

FROM COAST TO COAST, VOW PROTESTED AGAINST MILITARY SPENDING

In solidarity with the Global Campaign against Military Spending (www.demilitarize.org), VOW members held rallies in Victoria, Toronto and Halifax to call for a reduction in military spending and a re-allocation to urgent social and environmental needs. Last year, the government of Canada spent $28 billion on the Department of National Defence. Canada is now the 7th highest military spender among NATO members and 17th highest in the world.  However, the federal government spent only $1.5 billion for the Department of Environment & Climate Change Canada (ECCC). Over the past two decades, military spending has dramatically increased but funding for environmental protection and climate action has flat-lined. With catastrophic climate change, and greater poverty and inequality in this country and around the world, Canada cannot waste precious resources on war and weapons.           It’s time to move the money to peace and sustainability! #movethemoney #GDAMS2017...

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Posted by on May 10, 2017 in General News

VOW Remembers Ann Straus Gertler

VOW Remembers Ann Straus Gertler

Canadian Voice of Women for Peace send our deepest condolences to the family of Ann Straus Gertler.  Ann was a long-time member and generous supporter of VOW.  This year she contributed $6000 to our matching campaign. She will be greatly missed.  Donations can be made by clicking here. Ann Straus Gertler NYC 25 October 1922 – Montreal 30 April 2017 (Printed in the Globe and Mail) At 94, wife and partner in all things for 70 years with the late Maynard Gertler, loving and fearless mother of five boys, grandmother and great-grandmother, demonstrator, mentor and networker, college teacher, US Senate staffer, co-founder of Harvest House Publishers, determined and passionate advocate for peace, global abolition of war and nuclear weapons, tireless promoter of international solutions especially through the UN, consultant to government delegations and peace organizations in Canada and internationally, mentor to generations of activists, especially young women, active supporter of access to contraception, horsewoman, sailor, farmer and gardener in Westchester County, NY, Virginia, Pennsylvania, and Ontario, defender of the...

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Posted by on May 2, 2017 in General News

Unfolding Power: Documents in 20th Century Canadian Women’s History

Unfolding Power: Documents in 20th Century Canadian Women’s History

by Pat Staton, Rose Fine-Meyer, and Stephanie Kim Gibson A compilation of primary documents (diaries, letters, advertisements, essays, photographs) that provides a forum for the voices of women in Canada. It is organized chronologically, documenting the decades of the 20th century. Each chapter incorporates major themes that defined and impacted on women’s lives throughout the century, such as work, education, images of women, political action, and women in the home. End of chapter activities and selected resources provide support for using the documents. To order a copy of the book click here.  Use the code VOW and a donation will be made to Canadian Voice of Women for Peace.  All those attending the VOW Gala dinner will receive a complimentary copy at the event!  Order your gala dinner tickets by clicking here. 254 pages $63 + $7 p&h+ GST TOTAL $74.90  ...

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