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Posted by on Feb 21, 2017 in General News

VOW Appalled by Targeted Hate Mail and Threats

For immediate release February 21 2017 Canadian Voice of Women for Peace (VOW) is appalled by the recent targeted hate mails and threats towards MP Iqra Khalid and other politicians. No one should be threatened or face any kind of discrimination based on faith. Khalid said she received more that 50,000 responses to the motion, many of them were “direct hate, direct discrimination and direct threats.” The motion she proposed, M-103, calls on a House Committee to look at better ways to eliminate “systematic racism and religious discrimination including Islamophobia” in Canada. VOW stands against all forms of racism and religious discrimination. It is not possible to achieve peace without eradicating all forms of discrimination and hate. VOW supports and backs all efforts to eliminate Islamophobia, including M-103. VOW extends support and sends thoughts to MP Iqra Khalid who courageously proposed the motion at a time when it’s most...

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Posted by on Jan 4, 2017 in General News

What are your Peace Priorities for 2017 – Take a Selfie

What are your Peace Priorities for 2017 – Take a Selfie

                                  Join us in our national selfie campaign and let us know what your peace priorities are for 2017! Download and print out the provided sign template Click here Write down one or more of your peace priorities Take a picture of yourself holding the sign (or of the sign alone if preferred) Email your picture to info@vowpeace.org for us to post on our social media platforms Feel free to be creative with it!  #peacepriorities2017 #prioritizepeace  ...

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Posted by on Dec 14, 2016 in General News

TAKE ACTION: SECURITY REVIEW CONSULTATIONS

TAKE ACTION: SECURITY REVIEW CONSULTATIONS

TAKE ACTION NOW: Tell the federal government to Repeal Bill C-51 and to Reframe Security from a Culture of Fear to a Culture of Peace. The deadline is December 15.   The federal government has public consultations for a Security Review underway. The deadline for comments is December 15.   Learn more about the Security Review Federal Consultations and Background Documents here: https://www.canada.ca/en/services/defence/nationalsecurity/consultation-national-security.html   Review our VOW 2-page handout on the Security Review public consultations here   VOW is urging members to send an email by December 15, 2016 to the following: Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness (PSEP) Ralph Goodale: ralph.goodale@parl.gc.ca Minister of Justice Jody Wilson-Raybould: Jody.Wilson-Raybould@parl.gc.ca National Security Consultations: ps.nsconsultation-consultationsn.sp@canada.ca With a copy to your Member of Parliament: http://www.parl.gc.ca/Parliamentarians/en/members   Here’s a draft letter that you can use, modify and send:   Dear Minister Goodale and Minister Wilson-Raybould,   I am writing in response to the Security Review public consultations to inform you of my opposition to Bill C-51, the Anti-Terrorism Act. Bill C-51 is a...

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Posted by on Nov 30, 2016 in General News

Say YES to the Abolition of Nuclear Weapons

Say YES to the Abolition of Nuclear Weapons

Canadian Voice of Women for Peace calls on Canada to change its vote to yes, and support Resolution L.41 at the General Assembly, signalling its intent to contribute constructively to the discussions to be launched in March 2017. Canada will cast a vote very soon in the United Nations General Assembly on Resolution L.41 calling for the negotiation of a legally binding instrument to prohibit nuclear weapons, leading toward their total elimination. Canada should vote YES to this resolution and contribute constructively to the negotiations once they begin. Background: Co-sponsored by 57 nations, UN Resolution L41 calls for a conference ‘to negotiate a legally binding instrument to prohibit nuclear weapons, leading towards their total elimination’.  It was adopted on October 27, 2016 with 123 in favour, 16 abstentions, and 38 against, including Canada along with the United States, France, Israel, Russia, and the United Kingdom.  There will be a further chance to  indicate a yes vote at the next General Assembly vote on this historic effort in December 2016....

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Posted by on Nov 29, 2016 in General News

Join the Hibakusha Appeal for a Nuclear Ban Treaty

Join the Hibakusha Appeal for a Nuclear Ban Treaty

  Join the Hibakusha Appeal for a Nuclear Ban Treaty “So that the people from future generations will not have to experience hell on earth, we want to realize a world free of nuclear weapons while we are still alive.”   71 years have passed since the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. This is the call of the survivors, known as Hibakusha.   Although their average age is now more than 80 years old, the Hibakusha have launched a signature campaign calling for an international treaty to ban and eliminate nuclear weapons, in the hope that none will ever have to suffer as they have. They plan to continue to collect signatures until 2020 or until a nuclear ban treaty is concluded.   The first batch of 564,240 signatures collected in August-September 2016 was submitted on October 6 to the Chair of the United Nations General Assembly’s First Committee (on disarmament). New signatures will be submitted annually.   On October 27, 2016 at that same First Committee, the...

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Posted by on Nov 22, 2016 in General News, VOW Statements & Endorsements

Make Muskrat Right

Make Muskrat Right

          Canadian Voice of Women for Peace adds our name to the letter. Dear Commissioner Hussein, We write to you today to express the urgent need for the United Nations to intervene in the Muskrat Falls hydroelectric dam project located in Labrador, Canada. The parties directly involved in this damming process – Nalcor, and the Newfoundland and Labrador and Canadian governments – are committing actions that violate basic human rights, provisions of free, prior, and informed consent in the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, as well as the protocols and natural laws of Indigenous nations. These actions will place the Innu, Inuit, and NunatuKavut nations of this area in direct danger of continued methylmercury poisoning due to the refusal to clear all vegetation before commencing flooding, and the unsafe and unsustainable construction of the dam that poses the risk of breaking. The Indigenous nations of Labrador have not given free, prior, and informed consent, and the governments and Nalcor are not...

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