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Posted by on Oct 3, 2017 in General News

Freedom Flotilla Coalition Donates Materials to over 400 Fishers in Gaza

Freedom Flotilla Coalition Donates Materials to over 400 Fishers in Gaza

The Freedom Flotilla Coalition (FFC), an international coalition composed of civil society groups demanding an end to the illegal and inhumane blockade of Gaza, recently sent fishing materials to Palestinian fishers in Gaza. In cooperation with several Palestinian and international organisations, the FFC has responded to the increasingly desperate plight of fishers in Gaza who are unable to feed their families due to restrictions on fishing imposed by the Israeli occupiers. Materials distributed in the ports of Gaza and Deir Balah include: fishing nets – two types (Shanshoulah and Monefel, 2×3 and 2×1.5cm respectively), sufficient for 140 fishers. fishing suits – sufficient for 79 fishers’use. Marine boat lighting – 342 distributed, for over 200 fishers to use. Although the FFC’s primary goals are political rather than humanitarian, we recognize the dire circumstances of the over 2 million Palestinians living in Gaza and the importance of supporting its fishers and their work in feeding their communities. This is why our current campaign focuses on Solidarity with Gaza Fishers and helps bring the stories of Palestinian fishers in Gaza to the...

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Posted by on Oct 2, 2017 in Blogs, General News

VOW in Ottawa – a Personal Reflection

VOW in Ottawa – a Personal Reflection

Personal Reflections Sandy Greenberg, VOW Board of Directors and Nova Scotia VOW Steering Committee         GETTING TO NUCLEAR ZERO: BUILDING COMMON SECURITY FOR A POST-MAD WORLD.  “MAD” refers to “Mutually Assured Destruction”, which is a highly flawed theory which posits that having countries possess nuclear weapons deters their use.  Being at the conference made me feel that VOW is not alone in our unwavering quest for freedom from the threat of nuclear weapons.  I learned a huge amount about the many individuals and organizations, both between and within nations, both governmental and non-governmental, that have been researching, writing, networking, lobbying, educating, and cooperating in order to transform our world into one free of the threat of nuclear catastrophe. We were all there to promote our common humanity, which was suggested as an even better expression than common security.   VOW also had our own activities.  The VOW AGM as well as the Public Panel , “Advancing Non-Violence Policy and Practice” on Sept. 24 were well organized...

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Posted by on Aug 30, 2017 in Blogs, General News

SandraLaya Retires as VOW’s National Coordinator

SandraLaya Retires as VOW’s National Coordinator

Dear VOWs, Today,August 30th, 2017 is my last day as the National Coordinator of Canadian Voice of Women for Peace (VOW) after almost a decade.   It has been an exciting and life changing experience.  I look back over these past years with a lot of emotion.  We shared so many successes and so many disappointments, but through it all we continued in our determination to create a culture of peace. Over this period I also became a grandmother, and that only increased my commitment to work towards a safe world for our children and future generations to live and grow.   During my time at VOW, we established peace leadership camps that are held every year in three different provinces (Nova Scotia, Ontario and British Columbia).  In Manitoba, VOW developed a ToolKit for Young Feminists.  Over the past several years, we have continued with our educational excursions to the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women (UNCSW), with so many of these young women returning to their communities to...

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Posted by on Aug 22, 2017 in General News

VOW with Peacemaking Collective hold Women’s Peace Retreat in B.C.

VOW with Peacemaking Collective hold Women’s Peace Retreat in B.C.

    VOW joined with Kootenay Society for Lifelong Learning, Nelson & District Women’s Centre,West Kootenay Global Awareness Network for a Peacemaking Collective Retreat in the Kootenays of British Columbia. Women of all ages gathered to explore ways of creating peace in their personal lives, community and world. The gathering was for women working for peace in many different ways. The program taught how to build confidence using nonviolent skills.  The women gathered from Friday, August 11 – Sunday, August 13.  Click here to see photos of the weekend....

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Posted by on Aug 22, 2017 in General News

PeacemakeHers Leadership Camp in Nova Scotia

PeacemakeHers Leadership Camp in Nova Scotia

Khadija Abawajy NSVOW Student Intern August 21, 2017 There could not have been a better place or group of people to have done NSVOW’s 2017 PeacemakeHers Leadership Camp with! All 10 campers were wonderful and engaging young women who shared their perspectives and current works on peace, feminism, and inclusivity! A sharing circle on Saturday where each attendee discussed an object of personal value to the group helped make everyone feel especially connected with the group! NSVOW was successful in creating a safe space for sharing and listening to heavy subject matter. We discussed local colonialization, broken promises and the attempted-genocide of Mikmaq people here in Halifax and other parts of Nova Scotia, which we followed with two rounds of talking circles as a debrief. Afterwards, Mikmaq elder Catherine Martin got us to spend 3 minutes pointing and laughing at each other after the circle so we wouldn’t get sucked into the horribleness of the past to be able to work towards change we are able to implement. We...

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