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Freedom Flotilla Coalition Donates Materials to over 400 Fishers in Gaza

Posted by on Oct 3, 2017 in General News

The Freedom Flotilla Coalition (FFC), an international coalition composed of civil society groups demanding an end to the illegal and inhumane blockade of Gaza, recently sent fishing materials to Palestinian fishers in Gaza. In cooperation with several Palestinian and international organisations, the FFC has responded to the increasingly desperate plight of fishers in Gaza who are unable to feed their families due to restrictions on fishing imposed by the Israeli occupiers. Materials distributed in the ports of Gaza and Deir Balah include: fishing nets – two types (Shanshoulah and Monefel, 2×3 and 2×1.5cm respectively), sufficient for 140 fishers. fishing suits – sufficient for 79 fishers’use. Marine boat lighting – 342 distributed, for over 200 fishers to...

VOW in Ottawa – a Personal Reflection

Posted by on Oct 2, 2017 in Blogs, General News

Personal Reflections Sandy Greenberg, VOW Board of Directors and Nova Scotia VOW Steering Committee         GETTING TO NUCLEAR ZERO: BUILDING COMMON SECURITY FOR A POST-MAD WORLD.  “MAD” refers to “Mutually Assured Destruction”, which is a highly flawed theory which posits that having countries possess nuclear weapons deters their use.  Being at the conference made me feel that VOW is not alone in our unwavering quest for freedom from the threat of nuclear weapons.  I learned a huge amount about the many individuals and organizations, both between and within nations, both governmental and non-governmental, that have been researching, writing, networking, lobbying, educating, and cooperating in order to...

Canada, It’s Not Too Late to Ban the Bomb! Sign our petition today

Posted by on Sep 6, 2017 in General News, Nuclear Weapons

Canadian Voice of Women for Peace Asks Where is Canada? On July 7, 2017, 122 countries voted to adopt the historic Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons– a landmark international agreement that outlaws, categorically, the worst weapons of mass destruction, and establishes a pathway to their elimination. Canada didn’t attend the vote and has not supported the treaty. Fortunately, it’s not too late to do otherwise. The treaty will open for signature at UN Headquarters in New York on 20 September 2017, during the High-Level Segment of the 72nd Session of the United Nations General Assembly. We, Canadian Voice of Women for Peace, call on you to sign...

VOW Videos – The United Nation’s Commission on Status of Women

Posted by on Sep 6, 2017 in General News

  VOW’s long standing links with the UN has always been dedicated towards empowering women’s voice for peace. It also includes many opportunities to engage with relevant UN meetings such as its Commission on the Status of Women (CSW). The United Nation’s Commission on Status of Women (UNCSW) invites representatives from all over the world, in March of every year, to the UN Headquarters, New York. This year the 61st session took place from March 13 to 24. More than 3,900 civil society representatives from 138 countries participated in this great event. Voice of Women for Peace (VOW), Canada, also sent around 20 women representatives. These enthusiastic and passionate women...

Stop the Violence Against Rohingya; End Discrimination and Protect Civilians.

Posted by on Sep 6, 2017 in General News

  Rohingya minority in Myanmar, formerly Burma, have been facing continuing persecution that, according to many reports and experts, has reached the extent of a genocide. Myanmar government has refused to grant them citizenship and they remain the most persecuted social group in the country. Canadian Voice of Women for Peace condemns the systematic attacks on Rohingya minority and calls on Myanmar’s leader and Nobel Peace Laureate, Aung San Suu Kyi to take a serious action to stop the systematic attacks on them and to give access to aid workers. Rohingya, comprising 1.6 percent of the country’s population, are Muslims who live in the northern part of Rakhine State....

VOW Endorses the CPG Recommendations to the Government of Canada

Posted by on Sep 5, 2017 in General News

  Editor’s note: VOW endorses Pugwash Group conference “Canada’s Contribution to Global Security” recommendations to the government of Canada. Several VOW members attended the conference.  Recommendations to the Government of Canada Canadian Pugwash Group Conference – July 2017 The Canadian Pugwash Group (CPG) held a conference entitled “Canada’s Contribution to Global Security”, July 23-25 in Halifax, Nova Scotia. The conference commemorated the 150th anniversary of Confederation as well as the 60th anniversary of the international Pugwash movement. The focus of the conference was the current and future contribution Canada could make to global security and to countering existential threats to humanity. The CPG Board of Directors has endorsed the...