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White Poppy Campaign

White Poppy Campaign Some History of the White Poppy The white poppy and the red poppy owe at least part of their inspiration to the same source: John McCrae’s May, 1915 poem “In Flanders Fields.” McCrae, a medic, wrote this poem as a lament as he grieved the death of a friend, Alex Helmer, who had been blasted to bits by a shell. He later told the chaplain of the unit what he meant when he wrote that critical line: “Take up our quarrel with the foe; To you from failing hands we throw the torch…” By foe, he meant war itself, and by torchhe meant the passion and will to realize the ideal of putting an end to war itself. Enter the Women’s Cooperative Guild. This 19th. Century women’s organization was among many groups that spoke out trying to prevent war from happening in 1914. When the forerunner of the British Legion began making and distributing red poppies after the war ended, the guild asked them to include...

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Posted by on Mar 9, 2009 in Our Work

VOW’s Resolutions

VOW’s Resolutions

VOW Resolutions 50th Anniversary Conference and Meeting November 12-14, 2010  Toronto 1)White Poppy Resolution Be it resolved that: VOW applaud the individual VOW members, including Muriel Duckworth and Marya Nyland, who over the years have been wearing a white poppy on Remembrance Day for its symbolism of categorical rejection of war; VOW initiate a peace-making dialogue with the Canadian Legion locally and at the most senior levels to address the seeming conflict that has developed between them and the people associated with the white poppy, listening to their concerns about trademark infringement, sharing the history of the white poppy campaign, and the common links to John McRae’s poem, and working toward an understanding in which the white poppy (as a symbol of peace and the repudiation of war as a option in conflict resolution) and the red poppy (as a symbol of remembrance for the sacrifices made in war) can share a common path, toward the end of warfare. That the members (perhaps called the White Poppy committee) who...

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Posted by on Mar 9, 2009 in Our Work

VOW Peace Exhibit

Together with archivists, writers, artists and other peace women, we launched our travelling VOW coordinated women’s exhibition, “Building Peace, Making History”illustrating a century of Canadian grassroots women’s extensive work for peace and non-violence locally, nationally and internationally. Available for public exhibition. To discuss hosting arrangements or for further information, please contact us.   During the recent unveiling event in Ottawa, the Secretary-General Canadian Commission for UNESCO, David A. Walden stated: “Today we pay tribute to women and their achievements in the pursuit of peace and development. While the exhibition displays different aspects of women’s lives and their contributions to society, they all share one common theme: that there can be no equality without the empowerment of women in all aspects of life: economic, political, social and cultural.” The VOW Peace Exhibit has been showcased at these locations: Lester B. Pearson Building, Canadian Department of Foreign Affairs, Ottawa Imperial War Museum, London (England) Nobel Prize-Winning Pugwash Group, 50th Anniversary Conference, Nova Scotia Canada’s Immigration Museum: Pier 21, Halifax, Nova Scotia City of Toronto...

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Posted by on Mar 9, 2009 in General News, Our Work

VOW at the UN

VOW at the UN

  VOW is one of the non-governmental organizations (NGO) cited by UNESCO’s standing committee in the working group report entitled “The Contribution of Women to the Culture of Peace”. An accredited NGO to the United Nations, affiliated to the Department of Public Information (DPI) and the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), VOW was the Canadian lead group for peace at the Fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing. Members have been active in follow-up activities, including writing the chapter, “Women and Peace” in Take Action for Equality, Development and Peace. ________________________________________________   Canadian Voice of Women for Peace (VOW) is now accepting applications to be part of our educational delegation to the UNCSW (CSW61).   Please fill out the application and write a 250 word essay on why you want to be part of the VOW delegation. You will be expected to attend sessions at the UNCSW for a minimum of 4-6 weekdays as well as the VOW morning information sessions and to blog about your experience.  The registration fee is...

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Posted by on Mar 9, 2009 in Our Work

UN Security Resolution 1325

WOMEN, PEACE & SECURITY UN Security Resolution 1325 on Women Peace & Security has been a major part of VOW’s work since its inception in 2000 at the UN and in Canada. We are pleased that VOW has become a member of the International Working Group on Women Peace & Security. 1325 recognizes and reaffirms: Women and children, account for the vast majority of those adversely affected by armed conflict, and it cannot be disputed that women and children are increasingly targeted by combatants and armed elements. 1325 recognizes the subsequent impact this has on durable peace and reconciliation and this targeting of women and girls must cease. 1325 also recognizes women have an important role in conflict resolution and in peace-building and thus their equal participation and full involvement in all efforts for the maintenance and promotion of peace and security, and the need to increase women’s roles in decision-making is necessary to help streamline gender equality and provide a more balanced approach to peace building. By fully...

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Posted by on Mar 9, 2009 in Our Work

Peace Women

Poster – Canadian Women Working for Peace and Justice We are thrilled to announce the release of the “Canadian Women Working for Peace and Justice” poster. Sponsored by the Elementary Teachers Federation of Ontario in conjunction with the the Ontario Women’s History Network, the posters have just been distributed to over 3000 elementary schools across the province in recognition of Women’s History Month. Poster highlights Canadian peace women Rosemarie Brown, Muriel Duckworth, Dr. Ursula Franklin, Julia Wales Grace, Setsuko Thurlow, Kay Macpherson, Agnes McPhail, the Raging Grannies, Sarah Kariuki. If you would like a copy of the poster, please contact us.   PeaceWomen Across the Globe – Partnership Project PeaceWomen Across the Globe is an international project connecting and strengthening women’s peace efforts around the world. VOW is officially part of three Canadian NGOs searching for 1000 significant peace women in this international network contributing to the emergence of a strong, cross-sectoral and global women’s peace movement. Please contact Julia Morton-Marr for details. Phone 1-905-820-5067 or Email Julia.   PeaceWomen Across the Globe Exhibit  ...

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