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Posted by on Apr 26, 2017 in General News

Letter to Prime Minister Trudeau from VOW Co-Chair

Letter to Prime Minister Trudeau from VOW Co-Chair

Dear Prime Minister Justin Trudeau: I am very  pleased to let you know of quick action taken by 200 international women, including myself as co-chair of Canadian Voice of Women for Peace,  to try to intervene peacefully in the meeting today at the White House at 3 p.m. between President Trump and the Senators. A letter (click on the link) Trump admin letter-April25 has been delivered to the White House  with some help, and including these words seeking assistance for its delivery, written by Gloria Steinem: “…I cannot tell you the degree of dread that is present in the streets about this mounting danger, and also the frustration among those of us who have had peaceful contact across the DMZ, and who stand ready to be civilian back channels in any way that could diminish this danger. Please do read the attached letter. We have written it with great care and with long years of experience. We have signed it in unprecedented numbers, diversity,  unanimity and global reach. We believe that seventy...

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Posted by on Apr 26, 2017 in General News

International Women Advise President Trump on North Korea

International Women Advise President Trump on North Korea

April 26, 2017 Dear President Trump: We are women leaders from over 40 countries, including the Republic of Korea (ROK) and Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK), and many from nations that fought in the Korean War. We are from academia, business, civil society and the military, and represent a diversity of ethnicities, nationalities, religions, and political views. We are united by our belief that diplomacy is the only way to resolve the nuclear crisis and threat of war now facing the Korean peninsula. On July 27, 1953, leaders from the United States, Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, and China signed the Armistice Agreement to halt the Korean War. They promised to re-convene within three months to replace the ceasefire with a binding peace agreement. This never occurred and an entrenched state of war has ever since defined inter-Korean and U.S.-D.P.R.K. relations. This war must end. Korea is the only nation to remain divided as a result of WWII. For three generations, millions of families have been separated by...

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Posted by on Apr 26, 2017 in General News

The Global Campaign on Military Spending (GCOMS) Second Statement for 2017

The Global Campaign on Military Spending (GCOMS) Second Statement for 2017

There are plenty of reasons to renew, once again and for the 7th year running, our call for a cut in military spending (based upon SIPRI data), so that the world can move a little closer to the human security approach that would better serve humanity. The Global Campaign on Military Spending (GCOMS) is an international campaign promoted by the International Peace Bureau. The aim of the campaign is to press governments to invest money in the sectors of health, education, employment and climate change, rather than the military. GCOMS includes the Global Days of Action on Military Spending (GDAMS), which in its 7th edition includes over 70 different actions in more than 20 countries, as listed on the CGOMS webpage. According to the updated 2016 military spending data published today by SIPRI, world military expenditure has increased in 2016 by 0.4% in real terms, and is now estimated at roughly   $1686 billion. The top 10 spenders in 2016 have been the USA (with a small increase over...

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Posted by on Apr 26, 2017 in Blogs, General News

Fate of Earth Must Not be Decided by US & Fellow Nuclear States

Fate of Earth Must Not be Decided by US & Fellow Nuclear States

Originally posted by IPS Inter Press Service Dr Joan Russow is Co-ordinator of Global Compliance Research Project and member of Canadian Voice of Women for Peace.       VICTORIA, BC, Canada, Apr 24 2017 (IPS) – When the United Nations continues its negotiations in June for an international treaty against nuclear weapons, there must be a treaty that should cover every single aspect of the devastating weapons — and leading eventually to their total elimination from the world’s military arsenals. As envisaged, the treaty should not only prohibit stockpiling, use and threat of use, and planning for use of nuclear weapons but also deployment, transfer, acquisition, and stationing; development and production of these weapons—along with testing; transit and trans-shipment; and financing, assistance, encouragement, inducement; and an obligation for the complete elimination of nuclear weapons and a framework to achieve it. (WILPH, Reaching Critical Will) As Eva Walder, the Swedish representative to the UN’s First Committee on Disarmament and International Security, declared: “Sweden’s position is clear. The only guarantee...

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Posted by on Apr 26, 2017 in Blogs, General News

Holistic view of UNCSW-61 by Prof. Dr. Ainun Afroza

Holistic view of UNCSW-61 by Prof. Dr. Ainun Afroza

  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. I have been one of this magnificent people for the last three years. This year the weather in New York was not very friendly. However, we never failed to attend the breakfast meetings at 7:30 am in Manhattan, though we were staying in different far off places. We attended sessions either inside the UN-HQ or at outside venues. We chose the sessions according to our own preferences and sometimes guided by our team leaders, Janis Alton or Marilou McPhedran. This year we had a good...

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