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Posted by on Apr 26, 2017 in General News

International Women Advise President Trump on North Korea

International Women Advise President Trump on North Korea

April 26, 2017 Dear President Trump: We are women leaders from over 40 countries, including the Republic of Korea (ROK) and Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK), and many from nations that fought in the Korean War. We are from academia, business, civil society and the military, and represent a diversity of ethnicities, nationalities, religions, and political views. We are united by our belief that diplomacy is the only way to resolve the nuclear crisis and threat of war now facing the Korean peninsula. On July 27, 1953, leaders from the United States, Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, and China signed the Armistice Agreement to halt the Korean War. They promised to re-convene within three months to replace the ceasefire with a binding peace agreement. This never occurred and an entrenched state of war has ever since defined inter-Korean and U.S.-D.P.R.K. relations. This war must end. Korea is the only nation to remain divided as a result of WWII. For three generations, millions of families have been separated by...

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Posted by on Apr 26, 2017 in General News

The Global Campaign on Military Spending (GCOMS) Second Statement for 2017

The Global Campaign on Military Spending (GCOMS) Second Statement for 2017

There are plenty of reasons to renew, once again and for the 7th year running, our call for a cut in military spending (based upon SIPRI data), so that the world can move a little closer to the human security approach that would better serve humanity. The Global Campaign on Military Spending (GCOMS) is an international campaign promoted by the International Peace Bureau. The aim of the campaign is to press governments to invest money in the sectors of health, education, employment and climate change, rather than the military. GCOMS includes the Global Days of Action on Military Spending (GDAMS), which in its 7th edition includes over 70 different actions in more than 20 countries, as listed on the CGOMS webpage. According to the updated 2016 military spending data published today by SIPRI, world military expenditure has increased in 2016 by 0.4% in real terms, and is now estimated at roughly   $1686 billion. The top 10 spenders in 2016 have been the USA (with a small increase over...

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Posted by on Apr 26, 2017 in Blogs, General News

Fate of Earth Must Not be Decided by US & Fellow Nuclear States

Fate of Earth Must Not be Decided by US & Fellow Nuclear States

Originally posted by IPS Inter Press Service Dr Joan Russow is Co-ordinator of Global Compliance Research Project and member of Canadian Voice of Women for Peace.       VICTORIA, BC, Canada, Apr 24 2017 (IPS) – When the United Nations continues its negotiations in June for an international treaty against nuclear weapons, there must be a treaty that should cover every single aspect of the devastating weapons — and leading eventually to their total elimination from the world’s military arsenals. As envisaged, the treaty should not only prohibit stockpiling, use and threat of use, and planning for use of nuclear weapons but also deployment, transfer, acquisition, and stationing; development and production of these weapons—along with testing; transit and trans-shipment; and financing, assistance, encouragement, inducement; and an obligation for the complete elimination of nuclear weapons and a framework to achieve it. (WILPH, Reaching Critical Will) As Eva Walder, the Swedish representative to the UN’s First Committee on Disarmament and International Security, declared: “Sweden’s position is clear. The only guarantee...

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Posted by on Apr 26, 2017 in Blogs, General News

Holistic view of UNCSW-61 by Prof. Dr. Ainun Afroza

Holistic view of UNCSW-61 by Prof. Dr. Ainun Afroza

  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. I have been one of this magnificent people for the last three years. This year the weather in New York was not very friendly. However, we never failed to attend the breakfast meetings at 7:30 am in Manhattan, though we were staying in different far off places. We attended sessions either inside the UN-HQ or at outside venues. We chose the sessions according to our own preferences and sometimes guided by our team leaders, Janis Alton or Marilou McPhedran. This year we had a good...

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Posted by on Apr 26, 2017 in Blogs, General News

My Experience at UNCSW2017 by Alana Sarapnickas

My Experience at UNCSW2017 by Alana Sarapnickas

            My experience at the United Nations Conference on the Status of Women (UNCSW) in 2017 began with a joint briefing held by Janis Alton and Senator Marilou McPhedran; two women who have committed their lives to women’s rights, and peace and security. Janis first attended the CSW in 1985 with the Canadian Voice of Women for Peace (VOW) disarmament committee. She described her experience as taking place in a small room. It was eye opening to compare Janis’s first description of the CSW, to what it consists of today. Eight thousand, six hundred people attended the CSW this year and their presence did not go unnoticed; some conference rooms were so crowded we happily sat on the floor just to hear the panellists speak. The UN is now considering restricting the participation of non-governmental organizations (NGOs). It has always been an uphill battle to demand that the voice of NGOs be present at the UN. In this ‘report-back’, I will try to explain...

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Posted by on Apr 25, 2017 in General News

Global Day of Action on Military Spending (GDAMS)- Halifax, Nova Scotia

Global Day of Action on Military Spending (GDAMS)- Halifax, Nova Scotia

NEWS RELEASE APRIL 24, 2017 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE     Who:         Nova Scotia Voice of Women for Peace (NSVOW) What:       Global Day of Action on Military Spending (GDAMS) Where:     Halifax Central Library, Spring Garden Road When:      11:30 – 1:30, FRIDAY, April 28, 2017   The public is invited to join the Nova Scotia Voice of Women for Peace (NSVOW) at this international Global Day of Action on Military Spending (GDAMS).   How do you want your tax dollars spent?   At the Halifax event, the public will be given the opportunity to identify their priorities for taxpayer spending, by placing 25 cent quarters (supplied by NSVOW) in jars labeled:  Arts & Culture, Environment, Health and Education, Military, Peace, and Women & Children.   This year, the Global Campaign Against Military Spending takes place from April 18th to April 28th. The International Peace Bureau and its members organize events all around the world (Australia, Colombia, Kenya, Nigeria, Cameron, New Zealand, Nigeria, Philippines, USA, Canada, UK, Germany, India, Japan, etc).  ...

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