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Posted by on Oct 2, 2017 in Blogs, General News

VOW in Ottawa – a Personal Reflection

VOW in Ottawa – a Personal Reflection

Personal Reflections Sandy Greenberg, VOW Board of Directors and Nova Scotia VOW Steering Committee         GETTING TO NUCLEAR ZERO: BUILDING COMMON SECURITY FOR A POST-MAD WORLD.  “MAD” refers to “Mutually Assured Destruction”, which is a highly flawed theory which posits that having countries possess nuclear weapons deters their use.  Being at the conference made me feel that VOW is not alone in our unwavering quest for freedom from the threat of nuclear weapons.  I learned a huge amount about the many individuals and organizations, both between and within nations, both governmental and non-governmental, that have been researching, writing, networking, lobbying, educating, and cooperating in order to transform our world into one free of the threat of nuclear catastrophe. We were all there to promote our common humanity, which was suggested as an even better expression than common security.   VOW also had our own activities.  The VOW AGM as well as the Public Panel , “Advancing Non-Violence Policy and Practice” on Sept. 24 were well organized...

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Posted by on Sep 20, 2017 in General News, Uncategorized

VOW Signs CNANW’s Call on the Government of Canada to join the new treaty.

VOW Signs CNANW’s Call on the Government of Canada to join the new treaty.

VOW joined forces with CNANW in their  call on the Government  to engage in negotiations for a treaty prohibiting nuclear weapons. The Government did not act on our request. But regardless, the negotiations proceeded and 122 states have agreed on a new Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons.  VOW now endorses CNANW’s Call on the Government of Canada to join the new Treaty, and invites other groups to endorse it. Call to Canada to Sign Treaty on The Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons On July 7, 2017, 122 nations, in an historic action, voted at the U.N. to adopt a Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons. The Treaty prohibits the development, testing, production, manufacturing and possession of nuclear weapons.  Nuclear weapons have been unconditionally stigmatized as standing outside international humanitarian law. Governments and civil society have together recognized the “catastrophic humanitarian and environmental consequences” of the use of any nuclear weapon. When 50 states have ratified it, the Treaty will enter into force and all the States Parties will...

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Posted by on Sep 13, 2017 in General News, Uncategorized

“A Bold Peace” Film Screening Celebrating International Peace Day

“A Bold Peace” Film Screening Celebrating International Peace Day

In celebration of UN International Day of Peace, VOW Victoria, BC is hosting a free public screening of the award-winning documentary “A Bold Peace”. The film presents Costa Rica’s inspiring path of demilitarization. Over 60 years ago, Costa Rica became one of the only nations in the world to disband their military and to redirect national resources towards education, health, and the environment. For more info about the event click Here. Hosted by the Cadboro Bay United Church and co-sponsored by VIPDN, KAIROS, the Canadian Voice of Women for Peace and the Raging Grannies. We will also do a short action for the international Peace Wave that evening....

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Posted by on Sep 6, 2017 in General News, Nuclear Weapons

Canada, It’s Not Too Late to Ban the Bomb! Sign our petition today

Canada, It’s Not Too Late to Ban the Bomb! Sign our petition today

Canadian Voice of Women for Peace Asks Where is Canada? On July 7, 2017, 122 countries voted to adopt the historic Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons– a landmark international agreement that outlaws, categorically, the worst weapons of mass destruction, and establishes a pathway to their elimination. Canada didn’t attend the vote and has not supported the treaty. Fortunately, it’s not too late to do otherwise. The treaty will open for signature at UN Headquarters in New York on 20 September 2017, during the High-Level Segment of the 72nd Session of the United Nations General Assembly. We, Canadian Voice of Women for Peace, call on you to sign this historic treaty. We urge our government to stand up for Canada’s peacemaking values and our commitment to multilateralism and disarmament by signing the treaty on September 20. By signing the treaty, Canada has the opportunity to take on an outstanding role in helping to eliminate nuclear weapons, the most dangerous weapons on Earth. Sign our petition...

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Posted by on Sep 6, 2017 in General News

VOW Videos – The United Nation’s Commission on Status of Women

VOW Videos – The United Nation’s Commission on Status of Women

  VOW’s long standing links with the UN has always been dedicated towards empowering women’s voice for peace. It also includes many opportunities to engage with relevant UN meetings such as its Commission on the Status of Women (CSW). The United Nation’s Commission on Status of Women (UNCSW) invites representatives from all over the world, in March of every year, to the UN Headquarters, New York. This year the 61st session took place from March 13 to 24. More than 3,900 civil society representatives from 138 countries participated in this great event. Voice of Women for Peace (VOW), Canada, also sent around 20 women representatives. These enthusiastic and passionate women travelled to NY and actively engaged themselves in a variety of events. This video highlights the 61st meeting, focusing on Women’s Economic Empowerment.  ...

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Posted by on Sep 6, 2017 in General News

Stop the Violence Against Rohingya; End Discrimination and Protect Civilians.

Stop the Violence Against Rohingya; End Discrimination and Protect Civilians.

  Rohingya minority in Myanmar, formerly Burma, have been facing continuing persecution that, according to many reports and experts, has reached the extent of a genocide. Myanmar government has refused to grant them citizenship and they remain the most persecuted social group in the country. Canadian Voice of Women for Peace condemns the systematic attacks on Rohingya minority and calls on Myanmar’s leader and Nobel Peace Laureate, Aung San Suu Kyi to take a serious action to stop the systematic attacks on them and to give access to aid workers. Rohingya, comprising 1.6 percent of the country’s population, are Muslims who live in the northern part of Rakhine State. The conflict erupted in late August between the country’s armed forces and Rohingya militants. The conflict has since escalated as official reports confirm that 400 were killed in the recent violence. More than 120,000 have fled to Bangladesh, while 400,000 are trapped in the conflict. According to several reports, United Nations’ aid agencies are blocked from delivering food, water and...

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