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Posted by on Mar 18, 2015 in Interviews with VOWs

An Interview with Janis Alton

An Interview with Janis Alton

by Adriana Gonzalez My first encounter with the Canadian Voice of Women for Peace (VOW) came during their annual conference entitled “Conflict and Climate: Changing Course Now” held over a weekend in November. During this time, I was in absolute awe of the incredible amount of passion for peaceful resolutions to global conflicts that each woman held and exuded during this fascinating weekend. Janis Alton, one of the directors for VOW, was at the forefront of the annual conference. Immediately, I was captivated by her impassioned words of peace, women’s rights, and additionally, all of the international experiences she has engaged in. I had the incredible privilege of speaking with Janis Alton later on in the month. We conversed about her initial experiences with VOW, what drew her to the organization, the UNSCW, and additionally, young feminists in the present day.   Janis Alton noted that her initial encounters with pacifism came at an early age. She first started working with VOW in the mid 70s as a member....

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Posted by on Mar 17, 2015 in Interviews with VOWs

An Interview with Judith Wouk – Judith talks about On the Beach and her upcoming 70th birthday

An Interview with Judith Wouk – Judith talks about On the Beach and her upcoming 70th birthday

By Marijke Vander Klok   Judith Wouk’s first engagement with peace activism occurred in 1959 when she was fourteen years old. Outside a movie theatre showing On the Beach, she stood with a group of people and handed out pamphlets explaining the dangers of nuclear power.   Although On the Beach is a work of fiction, the film’s depiction of radioactive waste infecting the atmosphere and rendering the earth unlivable for humans is a real concern. It was not something people thought about then… or now, for that matter. But the fact is, nuclear power is still a technology that is being tested and pushed to new limits, to the consistent detriment of our environment.   “I still remember standing there and talking to people about nuclear power,” Judith told me over the phone from her home in Ottawa. That first participation in peace activism and demonstration marked the beginning of a lifelong passion for Judith. In fact, the same issue of nuclear power caught her attention again when...

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Posted by on Aug 5, 2014 in Interviews with VOWs

Eryl Court in conversation with Elizabeth Raymer

Eryl Court in conversation with Elizabeth Raymer

          Eryl Court is a tireless and long-time peace activist, was a very early member of the Canadian Voice of Women for Peace, and remains active today.  Toronto writer Elizabeth Raymer spoke with Eryl about her life in activism at her home in Toronto’s St. Lawrence neighbourhood on April 29, 2014.   ER:  How did you first get involved in peace activism?   EC:  My main inspiration in life was my father.  I was born in England, in London, and I had two older brothers.  My father was almost completely self-educated, very bright, and interested in the world at large.  He encouraged me to “follow my star”.   From early youth, I was very interested in world affairs.  As a young adult, I studied International Relations at the University of Wisconsin, where I obtained my B.A. I had one Professor who specialized in International Organization, and was very well-informed about the founding of the League of Nations which followed World War One.  I was always...

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Posted by on Jul 22, 2014 in Interviews with VOWs

An Interview With Bruna Nota

An Interview With Bruna Nota

By Marijke Vander Klok On a cold morning near the end of November, I had the privilege of meeting Bruna Nota at her home in Christie Gardens. Bruna Nota, a long-time member of the Canadian Voice of Women for Peace, she was also the international president of the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF – www.wilpfinternational.org) and participated in the 1995 United Nations’ Fourth World Conference on Women. Bruna greeted … Read...

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