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Posted by on Aug 30, 2017 in General News

VOW Warmly Welcomes Kinana Issa as Our Interim National Coordinator

VOW Warmly Welcomes Kinana Issa as Our Interim National Coordinator

As we say goodbye to our retiring  National Coordinator, SandraLaya Ruch, VOW welcomes its new Interim National Coordinator, Kinana Issa.  Kinana joined VOW last year and has been interning in our office over the past few months. Prior to joining VOW, Kinana was a development and cultural projects coordinator in both Canada and the Middle East.  She has extensive experience in training, facilitating, communications, monitoring and evaluation, capacity building and media relations. She is experienced in working with international organizations such as the European Union (EU) Commission and United Nations Development Program (UNDP), as well as grassroots NGOs and civil society initiatives. Kinana is a civil rights activist, feminist, writer, photographer, videographer and audio-visual producer. She is an honorary fellow of the International Writing Program at Iowa...

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Posted by on Aug 30, 2017 in Blogs, General News

SandraLaya Retires as VOW’s National Coordinator

SandraLaya Retires as VOW’s National Coordinator

Dear VOWs, Today,August 30th, 2017 is my last day as the National Coordinator of Canadian Voice of Women for Peace (VOW) after almost a decade.   It has been an exciting and life changing experience.  I look back over these past years with a lot of emotion.  We shared so many successes and so many disappointments, but through it all we continued in our determination to create a culture of peace. Over this period I also became a grandmother, and that only increased my commitment to work towards a safe world for our children and future generations to live and grow.   During my time at VOW, we established peace leadership camps that are held every year in three different provinces (Nova Scotia, Ontario and British Columbia).  In Manitoba, VOW developed a ToolKit for Young Feminists.  Over the past several years, we have continued with our educational excursions to the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women (UNCSW), with so many of these young women returning to their communities to...

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Posted by on Aug 30, 2017 in General News

Canada, Sign the Nuclear Ban Treaty!

Canada, Sign the Nuclear Ban Treaty!

  The Security Council met on August 29th to consider the heightened tensions on the Korean Peninsula. Janis Alton*, Co-Chair of VOW, sent a letter to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, urging Canada to to be a voice for diplomacy at the UN and sign the Nuclear Ban Treaty.   Dear Prime Minister Trudeau; Today, August 29, the emergency meeting of the UN Security Council to discuss North Korea’s firing of a missile over Japan recognizes the growing concern of North Korea’s actions. This meeting must also address the provocative action of the US and South Korea through their war games. We are writing to you to urge you to be a voice for diplomacy at the UN in these urgent matters. For ten days starting August 21, 2017, U.S. and South Korean forces will be carrying out the Ulchi Freedom Guardian war drills involving tens of thousands of soldiers from both militaries simulating an invasion of North Korea. Proponents say they are needed to deter aggression from Pyongyang whereas North Korea views...

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Posted by on Aug 23, 2017 in General News

Ontario Peace Leadership Camp

Ontario Peace Leadership Camp

  Peacemaking women of all ages and backgrounds gathered at the Hub and Hearth Center in the Hockley Valley near Orangeville for our 4th year.  It was an opportunity to connect, learn and get inspired by each other. This year, peace Leadership Camp activities had a special focus on indigenous rights. This Included Bimaadziimgat Nbiish: Anishinaabe Water Teachings, and the much talked about KAIROS Blanket Exercise; an interactive exercise that explores historic contemporary relationship between indigenous and non-indigenous people in Canada. As well as sharing personal reflections, we discussed how we can help to create a culture of justice, peace, love, and inclusiveness.   Women shared their feminist and peace activism experiences, explored different advocacy tools and told stories of resilience and solidarity from around the world. We had an evening of cultural sharing- poetry, art, sing-alongs, and dance around the bonfire.  A weekend of learning, great food and laughter.   Since 2012, VOW has held leadership training summer camps across the country. The purpose is to engage, inspire and educate...

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Posted by on Aug 22, 2017 in General News

VOW with Peacemaking Collective hold Women’s Peace Retreat in B.C.

VOW with Peacemaking Collective hold Women’s Peace Retreat in B.C.

    VOW joined with Kootenay Society for Lifelong Learning, Nelson & District Women’s Centre,West Kootenay Global Awareness Network for a Peacemaking Collective Retreat in the Kootenays of British Columbia. Women of all ages gathered to explore ways of creating peace in their personal lives, community and world. The gathering was for women working for peace in many different ways. The program taught how to build confidence using nonviolent skills.  The women gathered from Friday, August 11 – Sunday, August 13.  Click here to see photos of the weekend....

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Posted by on Aug 22, 2017 in General News

PeacemakeHers Leadership Camp in Nova Scotia

PeacemakeHers Leadership Camp in Nova Scotia

Khadija Abawajy NSVOW Student Intern August 21, 2017 There could not have been a better place or group of people to have done NSVOW’s 2017 PeacemakeHers Leadership Camp with! All 10 campers were wonderful and engaging young women who shared their perspectives and current works on peace, feminism, and inclusivity! A sharing circle on Saturday where each attendee discussed an object of personal value to the group helped make everyone feel especially connected with the group! NSVOW was successful in creating a safe space for sharing and listening to heavy subject matter. We discussed local colonialization, broken promises and the attempted-genocide of Mikmaq people here in Halifax and other parts of Nova Scotia, which we followed with two rounds of talking circles as a debrief. Afterwards, Mikmaq elder Catherine Martin got us to spend 3 minutes pointing and laughing at each other after the circle so we wouldn’t get sucked into the horribleness of the past to be able to work towards change we are able to implement. We...

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