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SandraLaya Retires as VOW’s National Coordinator

Posted by on Aug 30, 2017 in Blogs, General News

Dear VOWs, Today,August 30th, 2017 is my last day as the National Coordinator of Canadian Voice of Women for Peace (VOW) after almost a decade.   It has been an exciting and life changing experience.  I look back over these past years with a lot of emotion.  We shared so many successes and so many disappointments, but through it all we continued in our determination to create a culture of peace. Over this period I also became a grandmother, and that only increased my commitment to work towards a safe world for our children and future generations to live and grow.   During my time at VOW, we established peace leadership...

Canada, Sign the Nuclear Ban Treaty!

Posted by on Aug 30, 2017 in General News

  The Security Council met on August 29th to consider the heightened tensions on the Korean Peninsula. Janis Alton*, Co-Chair of VOW, sent a letter to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, urging Canada to to be a voice for diplomacy at the UN and sign the Nuclear Ban Treaty.   Dear Prime Minister Trudeau; Today, August 29, the emergency meeting of the UN Security Council to discuss North Korea’s firing of a missile over Japan recognizes the growing concern of North Korea’s actions. This meeting must also address the provocative action of the US and South Korea through their war games. We are writing to you to urge you to be a...

Ontario Peace Leadership Camp

Posted by on Aug 23, 2017 in General News

  Peacemaking women of all ages and backgrounds gathered at the Hub and Hearth Center in the Hockley Valley near Orangeville for our 4th year.  It was an opportunity to connect, learn and get inspired by each other. This year, peace Leadership Camp activities had a special focus on indigenous rights. This Included Bimaadziimgat Nbiish: Anishinaabe Water Teachings, and the much talked about KAIROS Blanket Exercise; an interactive exercise that explores historic contemporary relationship between indigenous and non-indigenous people in Canada. As well as sharing personal reflections, we discussed how we can help to create a culture of justice, peace, love, and inclusiveness.   Women shared their feminist and peace activism...

VOW with Peacemaking Collective hold Women’s Peace Retreat in B.C.

Posted by on Aug 22, 2017 in General News

    VOW joined with Kootenay Society for Lifelong Learning, Nelson & District Women’s Centre,West Kootenay Global Awareness Network for a Peacemaking Collective Retreat in the Kootenays of British Columbia. Women of all ages gathered to explore ways of creating peace in their personal lives, community and world. The gathering was for women working for peace in many different ways. The program taught how to build confidence using nonviolent skills.  The women gathered from Friday, August 11 – Sunday, August 13.  Click here to see photos of the weekend....

PeacemakeHers Leadership Camp in Nova Scotia

Posted by on Aug 22, 2017 in General News

Khadija Abawajy NSVOW Student Intern August 21, 2017 There could not have been a better place or group of people to have done NSVOW’s 2017 PeacemakeHers Leadership Camp with! All 10 campers were wonderful and engaging young women who shared their perspectives and current works on peace, feminism, and inclusivity! A sharing circle on Saturday where each attendee discussed an object of personal value to the group helped make everyone feel especially connected with the group! NSVOW was successful in creating a safe space for sharing and listening to heavy subject matter. We discussed local colonialization, broken promises and the attempted-genocide of Mikmaq people here in Halifax and other...

Hiroshima Survivor Submits Emergency Appeal to Mayor Tory re Nuclear Weapon Dangers

Posted by on Aug 14, 2017 in General News

  Hiroshima Survivor Setsuko Thurlow handed over an emergency appeal for Mayor John Tory at the August 6 Hiroshima Nagasaki commemoration at the City Hall Peace Garden. The emergency appeal asks that the Mayor have the Board of Health hold a public hearing on the dangers to Toronto posed by nuclear weapons. Thurlow presented the emergency appeal to City Councillor Chin Lee who read the Mayor’s Hiroshima and Nagasaki Day proclamation in his absence. In his proclamation, Mayor Tory recalled that Toronto has been a member of Mayors for Peace since 1983 and custodian of the Peace Garden since 1984. “Each year on August 6, we remember the individuals...