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Conference and Annual General Meeting, November 9- 11, 2012, Toronto, ON

Canadian Voice of Women for Peace

Conference and Annual General Meeting

9-11 November 2012

Revisioning Human Security and Revitalizing the Peace Movement

 Friday  9 November  4:30pm- 5:30pm

Join our street action  White Poppy Campaign

We will distribute white poppies and information about Voice of Women in advance of Remembrance Day.

Meet at Glenn Gould statue, in front of CBC building (north-east corner Front and John St. )

Friday 9 November 2012  6:30- 9:30 pm

at the Hot House Cafe     35 Church Street  in downtown Toronto’s St. Lawrence Historic District

Delicious Italian dinner and film 

$35 regular and $15 students

Special Screening of the documentary film Prosecutor: Law. No Order(co-produced by NFB) about the work of the first chief prosecutor, Luis Moreno-Ocampo, of the International Criminal Court, 2003-2012 .


 PROSECUTOR follows Mr. Moreno-Ocampo in his struggle for international justice and peace as he wishes to render accountable for their actions public and political figures responsible for the initiation and perpetration of crimes against humanity. The film, which looks into the dynamics of the Court and its ramifications, covers the first trial to ever take place at the ICC. While initially, many wonder if the ICC is the cornerstone of a means to ensure international justice or a mere utopia, Mr. Ocampo rapidly proves the legitimacy of the legal body by declaring, in his very first opening statement, “The era of impunity is ending.”

PROSECUTOR presents a pacifistic understanding of international relations, one in which the law, as opposed to vengeance and retaliation, becomes the prioritized response to mass violence.


Saturday 10 November

Venue: Armour Heights Officers’ Mess  of the Canadian Forces College, 215 Yonge Blvd. Toronto, M5M 3H9 (North-east corner of Yonge Blvd. and Wilson Ave.)

9.30 -10 a.m.VOW registration.   King George Room

10-10.45 a.m. – Welcome; briefing byTamara Lorincz “Our money. Our military.” Room- King George Room


1 1:00 am -12.30 pm – VOW joins with Pugwash Canada“The Rule of Law as an Alternative to War”

1:00pm-2.30 p.m. – Luncheon with Pugwash keynote speaker Luis Moreno-Ocampo, first chief prosecutor of the International Criminal Court

2.30 -3.00 p.m. – VOW private bus to Metro Hall, 55 John St., downtown Toronto

3.00 – 4.15 p.m.Metro Hall, 55 John Street, Room  308  Panel Revisioning Human Security: Changing the Paradigm.

Panelists: Hannah Hadikin 

Suraia Saher of Afghans for Peace “The Middle East”;

Mitra Saffari “Iran”;

Joan Russow “The Environment: Lessons from Rio + 20”;

Lyn Adamson  “Climate Justice and our Energy Future; a Plan for Survival”


4.15-5.30 p.m.  – Conversation Circles: How Canadian women can lead the new human security paradigm

Canadian Voice of Women for Peace from left to right Kimberly Rivera, Dorothy Goldin Rosenberg, Lyn Adamson and Janis Alton

6. – 9.30 p.m.  Saturday, November 10, 2012

Celebrations! Honouring Peace Women Past, Present and Future.

Catered dinner followed by awards, music and video presentation of VOW’s inaugural Peace Leadership Camp with reflections by participants.

Music by Sandy Greenberg and Lise Cormier 

Venue: Friends’ House, 60 Lowther Ave. Toronto, M5R 1C7

Sunday 11  November

Venue: Metro Hall, 55 John St. Toronto, Room 310 

9.30 -9.45a.m – Registration  with light refreshments

10.- 11.00 a.m.  –  Building the Peace Movement”with panelists: motivational speaker Shelley Hannah ”By participating , we can build peace together”; Prof. Valerie Zawilski “ Women as bridge-builders”; Lyn Adamson “New steps for activism and action”

11.00-12.00 –  Conversation Circles: How Canadian  women can revitalize the peace movement

 12.-12.40 p.m.  catered lunch

12:40– 1:00 – Guest presentation – Raven Courtney, Indigenous Activist, on the Campaign for a Law Against Ecocide (inv) – this campaign is being led by international lawyer Polly Higgins to add Ecocide as the fifth crime against Peace at the International Criminal Court.



1:00p.m.– 4.00 p.m. – VOW business meeting (board elections, reports, and resolutions)

This will include reports back from the Department of Peace AGM in Ottawa Nov 2 – 5, the Climate Action Network AGM and lobby days, Nov 6 – 8, the VOW parliamentary breakfast Nov 8th, and other initiatives that Voice of Women is supporting.  This is our action planning session!

4 pm – 4:30 – Closing Circle

– option for tea and visiting or go out to dinner together at a nearby restaurant



 click here for the Registration form Annual General Meeting, November 9 – 11, 2012