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Posted by on Apr 4, 2012 in General News, VOW Statements & Endorsements

Kootenays Feminism

The West Kootenay Women’s Association (WKWA) is a non-profit organization promoting and supporting the welfare, social and economic equality of all women. For more information about the origination and what they do, please click on the link to there website....

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Posted by on Dec 5, 2010 in VOW Statements & Endorsements

BUILDING PEACE: RESISTING WAR

VOW Statement for the 50th Anniversary Conference and Gala BUILDING PEACE: RESISTING WAR     In 1993 the Union of Concerned Scientists issued a “Warning to Humanity” pointing out that “human beings and the natural world are on a collision course.” At that time, these top scientists were not certain about the predictions of global climate change, but now they would be; we all are. Meanwhile, everything they were certain of – serious water shortages, the fragility of ocean ecosystems, soil depletion and decreasing food production, the irreversible, heartbreaking loss of species – is happening as predicted or even more quickly than predicted. The Union of Concerned Scientists listed five areas for action, each “inextricably linked” to the others: We must bring environmentally damaging activities under control to restore and protect the integrity of the earth’s systems we depend on, making special mention of the need to reduce reliance on fossil fuels and develop smaller scale, renewable energy sources matched to Third World needs. We must manage resources crucial to human welfare more effectively. We must stabilize population. This will be...

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Posted by on Oct 26, 2009 in VOW Statements & Endorsements

Statement to the Standing Senate Committee on Human Rights

26 October 2009 Janis Alton, Past Chair on behalf of Canadian Voice of Women for Peace Thank you for this opportunity to contribute to your examination of aspects of the United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325 and the related resolution 1820. You have particularly asked for comment regarding Canada’s role in strengthening human rights mechanisms, including equality between women and men, in conflict affected areas. On behalf of Canadian Voice of Women for Peace, I can offer some comments to your focus on: 1. Implementation of Security Council Resolution 1325 2. Participation in relevant UN conflict resolution and peace building mechanisms 3. And departmental programs and initiatives. I am drawing from our volunteer women’s organization long-standing activism, since its founding in 1960. At our inception, we called for an end to war, not how to make war safe for women, and for women’s rightful inclusion in decision-making at all levels on matters related to peace and security. We still do. Our pioneering activism focused on the abolition of nuclear...

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Posted by on Jul 25, 2009 in VOW Statements & Endorsements

In Support of the Iranian Global Day of Action

JULY 25, 2009 STATEMENT OF THE CANADIAN VOICE OF WOMEN FOR PEACE Canadian Voice of Women for Peace is a Canada-wide Non Governmental Organization that works for peace and justice in Canada and the world. We are here to add our voice to that of the international community demanding immediate and unconditional release of all political prisoners and prisoners of conscience, including journalists, students, and civil society activists arrested in the protests following the disputed results of the Iranian June 12th election. The Iranian government´s brutal response to these protests is a direct assault on the Iranian people´s human and civil rights and those of everyone who supports these ideals around the world. Our expression of solidarity with the democratic movement of Iranians does not mean support for foreign acts of intervention. We firmly hold that the political fate of Iran must be determined by Iranians and their civil and political rights. We condemn all those who attempt to advance their own military and corporate interests by exploiting the...

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