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Posted by on Jan 16, 2018 in General News

Statement of the Vancouver Women’s Forum on Peace and Security on the Korean Peninsula

Statement of the Vancouver Women’s Forum on Peace and Security on the Korean Peninsula

We, the undersigned 16 delegates from five countries of the Vancouver Women’s Forum on Peace and Security on the Korean Peninsula, have gathered in Vancouver in solidarity with Canada’s Feminist Foreign Policy to promote a peaceful resolution to the crisis on the Korean Peninsula. Sanctions and isolation have failed to curb North Korea’s nuclear weapons program and instead severely harm the North Korean civilian population. A Korean Peninsula free of nuclear weapons will only be achieved through genuine engagement, constructive dialogue, and mutual cooperation. We issue the following recommendations to the Foreign Ministers participating in the January 16 Summit on Security and Stability in the Korean Peninsula: Immediately engage all relevant parties in dialogue, without preconditions, to work toward achieving a nuclear-free Korean peninsula;   Abandon support for the strategy of maximum pressure, lift sanctions which have a harmful effect on the North Korean people, work toward the normalization of diplomatic relations, remove barriers to citizen-to-citizen engagement, and strengthen humanitarian cooperation;   Extend the spirit of the Olympic truce...

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Posted by on Jan 2, 2018 in General News

VOW Mourns the Loss of Abby Lippman

VOW Mourns the Loss of Abby Lippman

We, at VOW are deeply saddened by the loss of our sister and long time activist Abby Lippman.  Abby was a devoted member of Canadian Voice of Women for Peace.   Abby died on Tuesday, December 26.  Her membership cheque, written a week before her death, arrived in our office today – almost a week after her passing.  Activism was her always her priority. Memorial info: INVITATION As you may have heard, Abby Lippman, feminist, women’s health expert and activist, anti-Zionist Jewish activist, and mentor to so many, died peacefully at home on December 26, 2017. There will be a memorial event for her at Concordia University in mid-April and we will let you know about this in a month or so. In the meantime, some of her friends are setting up a web page to honour her. We hope to include her academic accomplishments, her involvement with students, her community service and her engagement with activist organisations. Abby was important to so many movements and people that we are...

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Posted by on Dec 28, 2017 in General News

Betty Peterson celebrates 100th Birthday

Betty Peterson celebrates 100th Birthday

Nova Scotia Voice of Women for Peace helped to organize and came together to share a celebration of the 100th birthday of Betty Peterson, our long-time mentor and inspiration. It is our turn now to continue the work that Betty is passing on to us.  She always said “keep on keeping on”.  She was always willing to put herself on the line for peace, social justice, and the rights of First Nations peoples. Betty is undoubtedly an inspiration to us all.  Happy 100th, Betty. The Coast news outlet published this great article about Betty. “This is a tribute—a warm birthday greeting—to a remarkable woman. Halifax activist Betty Peterson, a social justice crusader who’s been a veteran of countless protests, rallies, vigils, anti-war demonstrations and human-rights campaigns, will soon turn 100 years old.”  Read the full story by clicking here.                                        ...

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Posted by on Dec 22, 2017 in General News

We are hiring!

We are hiring!

Position: National Coordinator Organization: Canadian Voice of Women for Peace Location: Toronto   Established in 1960, Canadian Voice of Women for Peace (VOW) is a non-partisan Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) comprised of a network of diverse women with consultative status at the United Nations ECOSOC. For 55 years, VOW has tirelessly advocated for a world without war. We are a part of a growing and select number of NGOs that provide women the opportunity to appeal to national government and international diplomats, attend conferences at the United Nations including the UN Commission on the Status of Women, and to write and present briefs and statements to political heads of state and nations worldwide on women and peace issues. We readily respond to calls for guidance and research on peace and women’s issues locally, nationally, and internationally. VOW is a non-partisan, non-religious organization that values women in all their diversities.   Job posting: National Coordinator Job type: Part-time  (10 hours, possibly more, per wk.) Salary: $20 – $22/hr. Based on experience...

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Posted by on Dec 18, 2017 in General News

Lethal Arms Sales From Canada to the Ukraine

Lethal Arms Sales From Canada to the Ukraine

The Canadian Voice of Women for Peace objects strongly to the Canadian Government’s recent decision to break a twenty-six year de-facto embargo on lethal weapons sales to Ukraine. By adding Ukraine to the  Automatic Firearms Country Control List, the government can and will permit Canadian arms manufacturers to sell Ukraine automatic firearms and devices otherwise prohibited under the criminal code. According to the KyivPost, Canada posted its decision on the official government website on Dec 13,  the day after U.S. President Donald Trump signed the U.S. defense appropriations bill for the fiscal year 2018 on Dec.12, authorizing $350 million in military aid for Ukraine next year. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau campaigned on a promise to return Canada to peacekeeping. Exporting lethal weapons to a country with a smouldering conflict near the borders of one of the two most heavily nuclear armed nations on earth is neither peacemaking nor peacekeeping. We urge the Canadian Government to reverse their dangerous decision and instead contribute diplomacy, another skill Canadians used to be proud...

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Posted by on Dec 11, 2017 in General News

VOW Condemns Decision to Recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s Capital

VOW Condemns Decision to Recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s Capital

-for immediate release- Canadian Voice of Women for Peace strongly opposes the Trump administration’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, and begin the process of relocating its embassy to Jerusalem. VOW believes that the world’s governments should not recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital until Israel has reached a mutually agreed upon peace settlement with the Palestinians. “The status of Jerusalem is one of the most sensitive issues in the Israel-Palestine conflict, and Israel is in violation of international law on several counts vis-à-vis Jerusalem,” stated Canadian for Justice and Peace in the Middle East (CJPME) President Thomas Woodley. “Trump’s announcement is needlessly provocative and inflammatory,” Woodley added. CJPME points out that Trump’s decision breaks with decades of US policy on Israel, and will prevent the Trump administration from presenting itself as a neutral arbiter in any future negotiations. As a sign of world opinion on the matter, the UN General Assembly last week voted overwhelmingly that “any actions taken by Israel, the occupying Power, to impose its laws,...

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