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Posted by on May 10, 2017 in General News

In solidarity with the Global Campaign against Military Spending (, VOW members held rallies in Victoria, Toronto and Halifax to call for a reduction in military spending and a re-allocation to urgent social and environmental needs. Last year, the government of Canada spent $28 billion on the Department of National Defence. Canada is now the 7th highest military spender among NATO members and 17th highest in the world.  However, the federal government spent only $1.5 billion for the Department of Environment & Climate Change Canada (ECCC). Over the past two decades, military spending has dramatically increased but funding for environmental protection and climate action has flat-lined. With catastrophic climate change,...

VOW Remembers Ann Straus Gertler

Posted by on May 10, 2017 in General News

Canadian Voice of Women for Peace send our deepest condolences to the family of Ann Straus Gertler.  Ann was a long-time member and generous supporter of VOW.  This year she contributed $6000 to our matching campaign. She will be greatly missed.  Donations can be made by clicking here. Ann Straus Gertler NYC 25 October 1922 – Montreal 30 April 2017 (Printed in the Globe and Mail) At 94, wife and partner in all things for 70 years with the late Maynard Gertler, loving and fearless mother of five boys, grandmother and great-grandmother, demonstrator, mentor and networker, college teacher, US Senate staffer, co-founder of Harvest House Publishers, determined and passionate...

Unfolding Power: Documents in 20th Century Canadian Women’s History

Posted by on May 2, 2017 in General News

by Pat Staton, Rose Fine-Meyer, and Stephanie Kim Gibson A compilation of primary documents (diaries, letters, advertisements, essays, photographs) that provides a forum for the voices of women in Canada. It is organized chronologically, documenting the decades of the 20th century. Each chapter incorporates major themes that defined and impacted on women’s lives throughout the century, such as work, education, images of women, political action, and women in the home. End of chapter activities and selected resources provide support for using the documents. To order a copy of the book click here.  Use the code VOW and a donation will be made to Canadian Voice of Women for Peace....

Letter to Prime Minister Trudeau from VOW Co-Chair

Posted by on Apr 26, 2017 in General News

Dear Prime Minister Justin Trudeau: I am very  pleased to let you know of quick action taken by 200 international women, including myself as co-chair of Canadian Voice of Women for Peace,  to try to intervene peacefully in the meeting today at the White House at 3 p.m. between President Trump and the Senators. A letter (click on the link) Trump admin letter-April25 has been delivered to the White House  with some help, and including these words seeking assistance for its delivery, written by Gloria Steinem: “…I cannot tell you the degree of dread that is present in the streets about this mounting danger, and also the frustration among those of...

International Women Advise President Trump on North Korea

Posted by on Apr 26, 2017 in General News

April 26, 2017 Dear President Trump: We are women leaders from over 40 countries, including the Republic of Korea (ROK) and Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK), and many from nations that fought in the Korean War. We are from academia, business, civil society and the military, and represent a diversity of ethnicities, nationalities, religions, and political views. We are united by our belief that diplomacy is the only way to resolve the nuclear crisis and threat of war now facing the Korean peninsula. On July 27, 1953, leaders from the United States, Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, and China signed the Armistice Agreement to halt the Korean War....

The Global Campaign on Military Spending (GCOMS) Second Statement for 2017

Posted by on Apr 26, 2017 in General News

There are plenty of reasons to renew, once again and for the 7th year running, our call for a cut in military spending (based upon SIPRI data), so that the world can move a little closer to the human security approach that would better serve humanity. The Global Campaign on Military Spending (GCOMS) is an international campaign promoted by the International Peace Bureau. The aim of the campaign is to press governments to invest money in the sectors of health, education, employment and climate change, rather than the military. GCOMS includes the Global Days of Action on Military Spending (GDAMS), which in its 7th edition includes over 70 different...