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Posted by on Nov 15, 2017 in Blogs, General News

B.C. Southern Interior Peace Coalition Conference

B.C. Southern Interior Peace Coalition Conference

Written by Hannah Hadikin, member of the VOW Board of Directors Approximately every six months for the past couple decades or longer, a dedicated group of peace activist members and supporters gather to attend the BC Southern Interior Peace Coalition (BCSIPC) Conference.  This bi-annual Conference alternates between the Okanagan, Boundary and West Kootenay regions. This time around the Conference was hosted by the West Kootenay group with the MIR Centre in Castlegar serving as the venue.  As usual, the excitement of seeing familiar faces and the pleasure of meeting new attendees and catching up over coffee and muffins, is the order of the day! Folks from Kelowna, Kaslo, Grand Forks, Nelson, Castlegar and the surrounding areas all participated in creating a circle of trust, friendship, mutual respect and acceptance. Along with representing an array of diverse views, faiths, cultural traditions, experiences and peace activism, there was a strong thread that wove us together as we all envisioned a world free of wars, conflicts, inequality, poverty and violence. The agenda...

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Posted by on Oct 16, 2017 in General News

PLAAY Participates at Nocturne: Art at Night

PLAAY Participates at Nocturne: Art at Night

Peace Leadership Activism and Action for Youth (PLAAY) is the new youth chapter of Canadian Voice of Women in Nova Scotia. Nocturne: Art at Night – An annual evening of art and wonder in the heart of Halifax. October 14, 2017.  PLAAY’s art installation was:  How Many Times Must the Cannonballs Fly?  The cannons at Historic Properties will be shrouded in a veil of white poppies, transformed to remember all casualties of war.   The theme of Nocturne : Art at Night this year was “Vanish”.  We invited participants to walk the road to peace (a path with messages about the costs and effects of war, and an invitation to think about how to create peace.  Then participants were invited to cut out a white poppy out of paper, write a message of hope, or how to create peace in our lives, our communities, our world (in any language), and pin it to mesh we had covering a cannon and an anchor, effectively making these symbols of war vanish! Candace Tattrie commented, “Last...

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Posted by on Oct 12, 2017 in General News

Peace in Palestine Campaign

Peace in Palestine Campaign

VOW is very pleased to announce that we have signed on to The Peace in Palestine campaign is an effort to get Canada’s politicians to have an honest public discussion about Israel’s illegal “settlements,” and how Canada must respond.  A core component of the campaign is a Parliamentary ePetition, calling on the government to “demand that Israel immediately and completely cease all settlement activities in the occupied Palestinian territories.” VOW urges you to please sign the Parliamentary ePetition now! Through the grassroots support for this campaign, the Peace in Palestine hopes to force the introduction of a parliamentary motion on Israel’s illegal settlement activities. For more information, go to...

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Posted by on Oct 12, 2017 in General News

International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) awarded Nobel Peace Prize

International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) awarded Nobel Peace Prize

Canadian Voice of Women for Peace (VOW) is so excited to announce that the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for 2017.  VOW is a proud and long time partner organization to ICAN. On Friday October 6th from Oslo, Norway: “The Norwegian Nobel Committee has decided to award the Nobel Peace Prize for 2017 to the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN). The organization is receiving the award for its work to draw attention to the catastrophic humanitarian consequences of any use of nuclear weapons and for its ground-breaking efforts to achieve a treaty-based prohibition of such weapons.” What a wonderful and well deserved tribute to all who have worked so diligently and effectively. However, as Tim Wright tweeted, “The Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons is the real prize, the Nobel is just icing on the cake.”   While, we are still a very long way from realizing the elimination nuclear weapons, this recognition will serve to energize our...

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Posted by on Oct 12, 2017 in General News

CIVIL SOCIETY GROUPS ISSUE JOINT LETTER TO PRIME MINISTER TRUDEAU URGING HIM TO SUPPORT THE IRAN NUCLEAR AGREEMENT

CIVIL SOCIETY GROUPS ISSUE JOINT LETTER TO PRIME MINISTER TRUDEAU URGING HIM TO SUPPORT THE IRAN NUCLEAR AGREEMENT

  We ask the Government of Canada to publicly express its firm commitment to the JCPOA, and to comply with Resolution 2231 of the United Nations Security Council, regardless of the course of action that the Trump Administration may choose to adopt.” October 11, 2017. Today, 10 Canadian civil society organizations issued a joint letter to the The Right Honourable Prime Minister Justin Trudeau expressing their concerns regarding the possibility of an imminent decision by the Trump administration to withdraw from the international nuclear agreement with Iran, also known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).   The JCPOA was the result of 12 years of diplomatic negotiations between the P5+1 countries and Iran. This agreement was subsequently ratified by the United Nations Security Council through the passage of Resolution 2231.   In recent months President Trump has expressed his intention to exit the nuclear agreement with Iran. During his confrontational speech at the United Nations General Assembly on September 19, 2017, President Trump once again signalled his...

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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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