Canadian Voice of Women for Peace having its annual conference at Saint Mary’s University
For Immediate Release – Friday, October 28, 2016
Halifax to host national women’s peace conference November 4-6
Canadian Voice of Women for Peace having its annual conference
at Saint Mary’s University
(Halifax) – The Canadian Voice of Women for Peace (VOW) is holding its annual Conference in Halifax, with delegates coming from as far away as Victoria, British Columbia. The theme is “Women Taking Action for Peace: Personal, Political, Global.” Hosted by Nova Scotia Voice of Women for Peace and co-sponsored by Saint Mary’s University, it will take place November 4-6. All events are open to the public.
On Friday, November 4, the Conference will begin with a free public panel and discussion on military sexualized violence with Dr. Shelly Whitman, Dr. Maya Eichler and Tamara Lorincz from 7:00-9:00 p.m. in Room 101 of the Atrium Building at Saint Mary’s University. On Saturday, November 5, the public is invited to attend presentations and workshops from 8:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m. in the Unilever Lounge in Sobey Building at Saint Mary’s University. Some topics include women’s contribution to peace-building, including the successful movement to ban uranium mining in Nova Scotia, the legal challenge to recognize non-state torture as a crime in Canada, the reframing of the Halifax Explosion as an act of war, peace education, nuclear disarmament and grassroots activism. Saturday evening, November 5, there will be a gala dinner and the VOW “Outstanding Women for Peace Awards” ceremony in the Unilever Lounge. On Sunday, November 6, from 9:30 – 2:00, VOW is holding a conference wrap-up followed by an annual general meeting in the Unilever Lounge and then a special reception from 3:00 – 5:00 p.m. at the Black Cultural Centre in Cherry Brook.
Pre-conference events start on Thursday, November 3, noon – 1:00 with a free, public talk by Tamara Lorincz, “ A Climate for War, A Critical Examination of Western Militaries’ Greenhouse Gas Emissions, Defense Expenditures and Energy Security Strategies.” This talk is co-sponsored By Dalhousie University Centre for the Study of Security and Development and will be in the Lord Dal Room, Henry Hicks Building. Then on Thursday evening, November 3, there will be a free public premier screening of the new documentary, Partners for Peace, in the Paul O’Regan Hall at the Halifax Central Library, 6:00 – 8:30 pm, co-sponsored by Halifax Public Libraries. This inspiring film follows a delegation of American and Canadian women on a journey to Israel and Palestine as they reach out in solidarity to women activists striving for peace amidst the turmoil. On Friday, November 4, at noon in front of the Halifax Central Library, Voice of Women invites the public to join them for a peace vigil, where they will be handing out white poppies to the public. The white poppy symbolizes the recognition of all victims of war, a pledge to work for peace, and a resistance to the glorification of war.
For more information, please phone: 902-455-8544, email email@example.com or visit VOW online: http://vowpeace.org/
BACKGROUND: Established in 1960, the Canadian Voice of Women for Peace (VOW) is a non-partisan, non-governmental organization comprised of a network of diverse women across Canada. VOW has consultative status at the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC). Every year, VOW leads a women’s delegation to the Commission on the Status of Women’s annual conference at the UN in New York. For over 50 years, VOW has tirelessly advocated for a world without war and for gender equality, nonviolence and more recently for sustainable development. VOW’s initiatives include nuclear disarmament, the reduction of military spending, climate justice, and the summer PeacemakeHERS Leadership Camps for young women across the country. For more information, visit: www.vowpeace.org
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