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Letter of invitation from our VOW co-chairs Lyn Adamson and Janis Alton

Dear VOW members,

We are writing to invite you to our upcoming Conference and AGM

Revisioning Human Security and Revitalizing the Peace Movement

November 9th – 11th, 2012.  We hope you can join us!

This has been a very exciting year for Voice of Women.  For the very first time we offered a summer leadership training program for young women peacemakers.  Two camps were held in BC and in Ontario, and we look forward to expanding this program in future.  We were able to do offer these camps with the assistance of a grant from the Canadian Auto Workers.  A report and photos can be found on our website, www.vowpeace.org.  We were most pleased to feature in these camps the play by Shirley Farlinger, the 1325 Key to Peace, as well as many workshops, presentation, and art activities.  Caitlin MacIvor has joined VOW as a part-time fundraiser and she is working now on funding for an expanded training program next summer.

Aware of the growing threat to global peace and justice caused by climate change, we joined the Climate Action Network (CAN) this year to advocate as part of a network of 85 environmental groups for a transition to green renewable energy and conservation.  I recently participated in a 12 day fast on Parliament Hill to call for urgent action (www.climatefast.ca).  .  We were represented at the Rio + 20 talks by Joan Russow.

Scientists tell us there is a very short window for change and currently our carbon emissions are still growing – and this must change.

VOW has continued our work on the abolition of nuclear weapons and on the implementation of UN Resolution 1325, as well as delegations to the United Nations.  We will be participating in the annual meeting of the Canadian Peace Initiative Nov 2 – 5 (in Ottawa and open to all: for details go to www.departmentofpeace.ca) and the annual meeting and lobby days for the Climate Action Network, Nov 6 – 8.  On Nov 8th we have been invited to present to a breakfast meeting of women MPs and senators arranged for by Senator Nancy Ruth.  This is an important opportunity to advocate our message of involving women in peacebuilding at all levels.