Resolutions VOW Annual General Meeting 2016
Abolition of nuclear weapons
Co-sponsored by 57 nations, L41 calls for a conference ‘to negotiate a legally binding instrument to prohibit nuclear weapons, leading towards their total elimination’. It was adopted on October 27, 2016 with 123 in favour, 16 abstentions, and 38 against, including Canada along with the United States, France, Israel, Russia, and the United Kingdom. There will be a further vote at the General Assembly in December 2016.
Canadian Voice of Women for Peace calls on Canada to change its vote to yes, and support Resolution L.41 at the General Assembly, signalling its intent to contribute constructively to the discussions to be launched in March 2017, and further that the participation of women in the discussion be ensured.
Demilitarization of the Mind
Believing that political militarism stands in the way of enduring peace, democracy and the development of civil society, and opposing the assumption that nationhood implies a significant and growing military,
Canadian Voice of Women for Peace calls for the Canadian government to:
- Rescind support for Cadet training and institute an equally robust training program(s) for youth in the scholarship and practice of non-violent conflict resolution. This would include education on the United Nations Program of Action on a Culture of Peace and Non-Violence;
- Incorporate systemic training of diplomats and governmental decision-makers related to peace and security on the scholarship and practice of non-violent conflict resolution;
- Promote such training internationally, In keeping with the United Nations recent call to increase efforts to prevent violent conflict;
- Increase representation of youth in decision-making at all levels In keeping with Security Council Resolution 2250 (2015).
Security Council Resolution 1325 commits Canada to engage women in conflict prevention. Understanding that personal and direct connection counters the risk of violence and the dehumanizing of “the other”, Canadian Voice of Women for Peace calls for face-to-face interactions with Russian women living in Russia and with women in other countries defined as “other”, with a view to increasing women’s solidarity and joint peaceful action.
Canadian Voice of Women for Peace further calls on Canada to assist by making funds available for such travel.
Government Engagement in Civil Society
Canadian Voice of Women for Peace calls on the Canadian government to immediately restore the practice of regular consultations with civil society and others interested in peace and security, including disarmament and conflict prevention. Federal support funding should be available. Women should be involved in all such consultations, as obligated by UN Security Council Resolution 1325.
The Prohibition of the Circulation of Nuclear-Powered and Nuclear-Arms-Capable Vessels in Canadian Waters and the Berthing of these Vessels in Canadian Harbours
In order to prevent the significant reduction or loss of biodiversity and to avoid contravening Section 7 of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms protecting the security of the person,
Canadian Voice of Women for Peace urges the Government of Canada to prohibit the circulation of nuclear-powered and nuclear-arms-capable vessels in Canadian waters.
Protection and Stand Together
Whereas, the voices of The Canadian Voice of Women for Peace are raised in protection of Turtle Island and all our relations:
We resolve to stand together; to walk together to act together for our Mother Earth with our indigenous sisters and brothers, specifically the missing and murdered women movement;
At this pivotal and crucial moment we commit to the spirit of Standing Rock, all Land and Water protectors in ‘Canada’ especially those affected by Treaties, and pipeline development, – eg. Site C mega dam development on Treaty 8 on First Nations Land in the Peace Region, Energy East, and Northern Gateway projects.
We will do this by responding through lobbying, non violent direct action, education, letter writing and any other peaceful means, to counter the prevailing destructive and dehumanizing activities of the military industrial complex and extractive industries.