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Annual Reports

White Poppy Campaign

The white poppy and the red poppy owe at least part of their inspiration to the same source: John McCrae’s May, 1915 poem “In Flanders Fields.” McCrae, a medic, wrote this poem as a lament as he grieved the death of a friend, Alex Helmer, who had been blasted to bits by a shell. He later told the chaplain of the unit what he meant when he wrote that critical line: “Take up our quarrel with the foe; To you from failing hands we throw the torch…” By foe, he meant war itself, and by torchhe meant the passion and will to realize the ideal of putting an end to war itself.

White Poppy Campaign

How to make you own white poppy

VOW’s Resolutions

VOW Resolutions 50th Anniversary Conference and Meeting November 12-14, 2010 Toronto

VOW Peace Exhibit

Together with archivists, writers, artists and other peace women, we launched our travelling VOW coordinated women’s exhibition, “Building Peace, Making History”illustrating a century of Canadian grassroots women’s extensive work for peace and non-violence locally, nationally and internationally.

VOW Peace Exhibit

VOW Peace Exhibit

VOW at the UN

VOW is one of the non-governmental organizations (NGO) cited by UNESCO’s standing committee in the working group report entitled “The Contribution of Women to the Culture of Peace”. An accredited NGO to the United Nations, affiliated to the Department of Public Information (DPI) and the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), VOW was the Canadian lead group for peace at the Fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing. Members have been active in follow-up activities, including writing the chapter, “Women and Peace” in Take Action for Equality, Development and Peace.

VOW at the UN

Building Young Women’s Political Empowerment: An International Intergenerational Dialogue (panel)

UN Security Resolution 1325

UN Security Resolution 1325 on Women Peace & Security has been a major part of VOW’s work since its inception in 2000 at the UN and in Canada. We are pleased that VOW has become a member of the International Working Group on Women Peace & Security.

Peace Women

We are thrilled to announce the release of the “Canadian Women Working for Peace and Justice” poster. Sponsored by the Elementary Teachers Federation of Ontario in conjunction with the the Ontario Women’s History Network, the posters have just been distributed to over 3000 elementary schools across the province in recognition of Women’s History Month.

Peace Women

We are thrilled to announce the release of the “Canadian Women Working for Peace and Justice” poster. Sponsored by the Elementary Teachers Federation of Ontario in conjunction with the the Ontario Women’s History Network, the posters have just been distributed to over 3000 elementary schools across the province in recognition of Women’s History Month.

Peace Plays

One way to interest new people in working toward peace may be through the use of drama and humour. We offer two plays written by long time VOW member Shirley Farlinger that you might use at your next event.

No More Nuclear Weapons!

Council of Delegates 2011: Resolution 1 February 5, 2012 Geneva: Towards the Elimination of Nuclear Weapons December 21, 2011 Working towards the elimination of nuclear weapons November 26, 2011 Nuclear Weapons and Nuclear Energy: What are the Links? February 5, 2009

Peacemakers Summer Camp – Ontario

This summer the VOW Peace Makers Leadership Summer Camp was held on Toronto Island at St. Andrew’s Church by the Lake , August 16 and 17, 2014

Peacemakers Summer Camp – Ontario

Peacemakers Summer Camp – Ontario

Peacemakers Summer Camp – Ontario

I VOW 4 PEACE Contest

We want to hear from women and girls of all ages from across Canada to tell us why peace is important to you and how you intend to build a sustainable culture of peace.

I VOW 4 PEACE Contest

Toolkit for Young Feminists to Build a Culture of Peace

As part of the Canadian Voice of Women Peace Leadership camps, VOW Manitoba has designed an exciting “toolkit” – a curriculum for peace education for young women.

Toolkit for Young Feminists to Build a Culture of Peace

VOWs at the 58th United Nations Commission on the Status of Women in New York. The unique curriculum was received with acclaim. Educators around the world (in particular Pakistani educators) are waiting to view the curriculum on-line; however, we want Manitoba educators and students – you – to experience it first.

Statements and Resolutions

Since our humble beginning in 1960, one of our major roles is to monitor war and peace issues both in Canada and abroad. Below you will find the latest press releases endorsed by VOW. In addition, VOW partners with women’s peace groups around the world and together we make statements that are presented to the United Nations.

 

 

video by VOW Emily Adams from the Toronto event – Global March for Peace and Unity

Global March for Peace and Unity

Global Day of Action on Military Spending: GDAMS

Members of Canadian Voice of Women for Peace collected signatures urging the government to reduce the budget of the Department of National Defence by 50% to the pre-Afghanistan war level of $10 billion and redirect the savings to the social and environmental priorities of Canadians.
Afterwards, members attended Science for Peace’s panel discussion entitled Militarization and Climate Reality: The Big Picture.
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Listen to VOW member Heather Menzies speaking about the White Poppy Campaign on the CBC’s The Current, Friday, November 9, 2012.  Heather is introduced at 17:30 minutes into the program

VOW takes action to Stop the Deportations in Canada