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Posted by on Apr 12, 2017 in General News, Our Work, VOW Statements & Endorsements

VOW – STATEMENT ON SYRIA

For immediate release. April 12, 2017 The Canadian Voice of Women for Peace (VOW) calls for the immediate cessation of violence by all parties. We want no more strikes, an investigation by UN experts into the use of chemical weapons, and immediate commencement of peace negotiation by all parties to the conflict, including the participation of women. VOW strongly denounces the US missile attack on a Syrian airbase and Prime Minister Trudeau’s support for this act of retaliation. This unilateral action on the part of the United States will undoubtedly lead to greater violence, civilian deaths, increase in the numbers of refugees and a rise in terrorist attacks. VOW calls for an independent investigation and fact-finding mission into the chemical weapon attack, as it has not been established who is actually responsible.  The mission must be led by the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) that oversees the Chemical Weapons Convention.  Under the Chemical Weapons Convention, there are there are several mechanisms for dealing with contravention of the CWC,...

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Posted by on Feb 8, 2017 in VOW Statements & Endorsements

VOW Statements, Letters 2010-2014

VOW Letter to the Canadian members of Parliament and Senate – Take Action on Gaza, July 2014  click here VOW Letter to the Israeli Ambassador to Canada, July 2014 click here VOW Letter to the membership – Concerns for GAZA, July 2014  click here VOW statement 2013 Commission on Status of Women Kootenays Feminism April 4, 2012 VOW endorsement against Omnibus Crime Bill March 28, 2012 BUILDING PEACE: RESISTING WAR December 5, 2010 Statement to the Standing Senate Committee on Human Rights October 26, 2009 In Support of the Iranian Global Day of Action July 25, 2009 ABOLITION OF NUCLEAR WEAPONS AND PHASING OUT NUCLEAR ENERGY May 15, 2009 Ending the Crisis in Gaza – Building Peace in the Middle East January 13, 2009 GEAR Campaign – UN Gender Equilty Architecture Reform September 15, 2008 VOW – STATEMENT JUNE 2010 by Brigid for CANSEC...

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Posted by on Nov 22, 2016 in General News, VOW Statements & Endorsements

Make Muskrat Right

Make Muskrat Right

          Canadian Voice of Women for Peace adds our name to the letter. Dear Commissioner Hussein, We write to you today to express the urgent need for the United Nations to intervene in the Muskrat Falls hydroelectric dam project located in Labrador, Canada. The parties directly involved in this damming process – Nalcor, and the Newfoundland and Labrador and Canadian governments – are committing actions that violate basic human rights, provisions of free, prior, and informed consent in the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, as well as the protocols and natural laws of Indigenous nations. These actions will place the Innu, Inuit, and NunatuKavut nations of this area in direct danger of continued methylmercury poisoning due to the refusal to clear all vegetation before commencing flooding, and the unsafe and unsustainable construction of the dam that poses the risk of breaking. The Indigenous nations of Labrador have not given free, prior, and informed consent, and the governments and Nalcor are not...

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Posted by on Nov 15, 2016 in General News, VOW Statements & Endorsements

Beyond coal: Scaling up clean energy to fight poverty

Beyond coal: Scaling up clean energy to fight poverty

Eradicating global poverty is within reach, but under threat from a changing climate. Left unchecked, climate change will put at risk our ability to lift people out of extreme poverty permanently by 2030, the first target of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Coal is the world’s number one source of CO2 emissions. Most historic emissions came from the coal industry in the developed world in the last century, with China joining the biggest emitters at the beginning of this one.  It is widely accepted that a rapid and just response to climate change will require the urgent replacement of coal with low-carbon energy sources in rich economies. Better energy options also exist to lift people out of income poverty in the developing world. These can deliver not just universal energy access, but also lift people’s incomes by powering economic development and employment. The coal industry claims that expanding coal use is critical to fighting extreme poverty and improving energy access for billions of people in developing countries. In fact,...

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Posted by on Oct 28, 2015 in VOW Statements & Endorsements

Canadian Voice of Women for Peace: 2015/16 Top Peace Priorities

Canadian Voice of Women for Peace: 2015/16 Top Peace Priorities

Canadian Voice of Women for Peace: 2015/16 Top Peace Priorities 1. Stop Canada’s bombing of Syria and Iraq and withdraw our troops from the Ukraine 2. Open our borders to more refugees from Syria, Afghanistan, Libya and Iraq 3. Sign and ratify the Arms Trade Treaty 4. Cancel the $15 billion General Dynamics Canada contract to send weapons to Saudi Arabia and instead invest in a strategy for green jobs and renewable energy 5. Stop the secretive $26 billion Canadian Surface Combatant program and instead build affordable housing and public transportation across the country 6. Reduce military spending and redirect funds to social and environmental needs 7. Implement the recommendations of the External Review into Sexual Misconduct and Harassment in the Canadian Armed Forces 8. Launch a public inquiry into Canada’s missing and murdered indigenous women and girls and create a national strategy to end gender-based violence 9. Hold a public inquiry into Canada’s complicity in the torture of Afghan detainees 10. Convene public consultations for a green paper...

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