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Women Taking Action for Peace: Personal, Political, Global









Free Public Panel – Military Sexualized Violence

Friday, November 4 from 7 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Location: Saint Mary’s University, Atrium Room 101 (wheelchair accessible)

Shelly Whitman

Shelly Whitman

Dr. Shelly Whitman  took the post of Executive Director of the Romeo Dallaire Child Soldiers Initiative (Dallaire Initiative) in January 2010. read more click here




Dr. Maya Eichler

Dr. Maya Eichler

Maya Eichler is Canada Research Chair in Social Innovation and Community Engagement and assistant professor in the Department of Political and Canadian Studies and the Department of Women’s Studies at Mount Saint Vincent University (Halifax). read more here




Tamara Lorincz

Tamara Lorincz

Tamara Lorincz  on the national board of the Canadian Voice of Women and on the international advisory committee of the Global Network Against Nuclear Power and Weapons in Space with Dr. Helen Caldicott. read more here




“Women Taking Action for Peace”  VOW Conference

Saturday, November 5th, 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Lunch and Snacks provided.

Location: Saint Mary’s University, Unilever Lounge, Sobey Building, Saint Mary’s University, Halifax, Nova Scotia (wheelchair accessible)

**Schedule subject to change.

8:30 a.m. -9:00 a.m Registration, refreshments

9:00 a.m – 9:30 a.m. Opening

9:30 a.m. – 9:45 a.m. Tribute to Ursula Franklin

9:45 a.m. – 10:45 a.m “Creating the Successful Grassroots Movement to Ban Uranium Mining in Nova Scotgillian-and-donnaia”. Gillian Thomas and Donna Smythe will present on the activism they organized which was instrumental in bringing about a Moratorium which has permanently banned Uranium Mining in N.S.

Donna Smyth is author of several works of fiction and plays. read more click here

Gillian Thomas was a Professor of English and Co-ordinator of the Women’s Studies Programme at Saint Mary’s University. read more click here



10:45 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Break

11:00 a.m – 12:00 pm “Why Human and Legal Inequality Exists for Women and Girls Who Survive Non-State Torture”. Exploring the patriarchal human rights discrimination that has existed at the United Nations level and how this filtered into national political legal resistance and the invisibility of women so tortured.

Photo by Teckles Photography Inc.

Photo by Teckles Photography Inc.

Jeanne Sarson and Linda MacDonald are human rights activists, independent scholars, and grass root supporters of persons who have suffered non-State torture. read more click here




12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.  Lunch provide

1:30 p.m.-  2:00 p.m. “Reframing the Halifax Explosion as an Act of War”. The hundredth anniversary of the Halifax Explosion will be marked in 2017 read more here

Janet Maybee

Janet Maybee

Presenter Janet Maybee read more here






2:00 p.m- 3:00 p.m.  Break out Groups – Planning for Action

  • Janet Maybee -“Making it Real: Storytelling and Street Theatre”
  • El Jones -“Spoken Word”

3:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. Break

3:30 p.m. – 3:45 p.m. – 3 Mini Presentations

3:45 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. Group sessions



bridget-brownlowSession A -Discussion on the development and implementation of local and international peace education programming. Presenter is Bridget Brownlow, B.A.,M.A., Con. Res. Cert. is the Conflict Resolution Advisor for Saint Mary’s University.bridget-brownlow-biography





nancy-covington-newSession B -Dr. Nancy Covington –“Nuclear basics in a nuclear age”

– What we all need to know to make informed decisions.

Dr Nancy Covington is a retired family physician, graduate of Queen’s University and lives in Halifax, NS. read more click here





Session C- TBA





4:30 p.m. – 4:45 p.m.  Report back from group sessions

4:45 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Closing


Cost for Conference Saturday Only                                  

$30 – VOW member (lunch and snacks included)

$35 – VOW non-member (lunch and snacks included)

$20 – student (unwaged) (lunch and snacks included)


Outstanding Women Peace Award’s Dinner

Saturday evening, November 5 doors open at 5:30 p.m. Cash Bar, 6 p.m. Dinner. Program starts at 7 p.m.

Location: Saint Mary’s University, Unilever Lounge, Sobey Building, Saint Mary’s University, Halifax, Nova Scotia (wheelchair accessible)

Entertainment by Sandy Greenberg and El Jones










Sandy Greenberg is a singer/songwriter/interpreter of songs, accompanying herself on acoustic guitar.  She sings about peace, women’s lives and more in her feisty, quirky and energetic more click here.

El Jones is a spoken word activist and teacher. She was the two-time captain of the back-to-back national championship Halifax slam team in 2007 and 2008. read more here

Erika Kulnys “By possessing the ingenious intellect and activist zeal of Ani DiFranco combined with the poetic skepticism of Leonard Cohen read more here



$50 – regular price

$75 – solidarity price

$30 – student/unwaged price

No charge after dinner


Annual General Meeting with speakers, presentations and community outreach activity

Sunday, November 6   including Lunch and Snacks


Location: Saint Mary’s University, Unilever Lounge, Sobey Building, Saint Mary’s University, Halifax, Nova Scotia (wheelchair accessible)

10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. –  Annual General Meeting including Financial Report, National Report, Regional Reports, Camp Reports and Election of Board of Directors.

12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.  -A working lunch with presentations and discussion of VOW’s priorities for the coming year.

Tamara Lorincz  From Preventive Diplomacy to Sustainable Peace read more here

Yusur Al Bahrani “Women’s Activism in Jordan”.  Yusur interviewed women in Jordan and reported on it.  This Project was carried out with the aid of a grant from the International Development Research IDRC, Ottawa, Canada. Read more here

Lyn Adamson  joined 150 women activists from India and around the world gathered for a four day conference on peace and nonviolence. read more here

2:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. – Reception at Black Cultural Centre, Cherry Brook

(assistance with transportation provided)

$30 – VOW member

$35 – VOW non-member

$20 – student

If you would like to attend under our “Pay What You Can” option, please email or call 902-455-8544, with the events you would like to register for and any dietary requirements. Any donation you wish to make can be sent by cheque in the mail to Canadian Voice of Women for Peace, 125-579 Kingston Road, Toronto, ON M4E 1R3 or given at the door.

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Contact:; 416-603-7915; 902-455-8544

Billeting and accommodations in Halifax click here


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