NS VOW AROUND THE WORLD
For Immediate RELEASE
WHO: NOVA SCOTIA VOICE OF WOMEN FOR PEACE
EVENT: NS VOW AROUND THE WORLD
WHEN: MONDAY JUNE 15, 2015, 7 – 8:30PM
WHERE: ROOM 301, HALIFAX CENTRAL LIBRARY SPRING GARDEN ROAD
The public is invited to join Olga Milosevich, MC of a panel of three Nova Scotia Voice of Women for Peace members sharing their experiences at international peace and disarmament conferences.
Nancy Covington, Physicians for Global Survival, will present on the World Uranium Symposium, 2014, Quebec City, where international experts gathered to discuss the effects of uranium mining, the nuclear fuel chain, health and environment issues, indigenous rights, nuclear power and nuclear weapons. Covington commented, “The declaration of the Symposium states ‘Uranium and all radioactive substances must remain in their natural location.’ The public is invited to read the whole declaration and endorse it at http://www.ccnr.org/Declaration_WUS_2015.pdf.”
Sandy Greenberg will discuss her experience at Women’s Power to Stop War, sponsored by Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF), The Hague, Netherlands, 2015, and celebrating the 100th anniversary of the first women’s peace conference in The Hague at which over 1,000 women gathered to try to stop World War I. Greenberg stated, “A phrase I heard often at the WILPF Conference was ‘Nothing About Us Without Us’. That phrase is so simple, so basic, so commonsense. Women are hurt by violence, and we not only deserve a say in what’s going on, we are essential in finding peaceful solutions. Women’s peace organizations like WILPF and Voice of Women advocate for our voices to be heard.”
Margaret Skabar will share about the Sarajevo Peace Event, From a World of War and Violence to a Culture of Peace and Non-Violence, a grassroots international peace forum. Held in Sarajevo, a city symbolic for having been the theatre of the event triggering World War I, as well as suffering greatly in the Bosnia Herzegovina war, citizens are today dedicated to rebuilding a peaceful society. Skabar said, “The Sarajevo event helped me to understand the severity of conflict and the tangible desire and vision for building peaceful communities. The forum guided me towards working for peace on a daily basis.”
Nova Scotia Voice of Women for Peace is a chapter of the national organization, Canadian Voice of Women for Peace, and has other upcoming events planned, including PeacemakeHers, a leadership camp for young women, to be held at Thinkers Lodge in Pugwash, Nova Scotia, September 18-20, 2015.