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Posted by on Mar 9, 2009 in General News, Our Work

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.

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Canadian Voice of Women for Peace (VOW) is now accepting applications to be part of our educational delegation to the UNCSW (CSW61).   Please fill out the application and write a 250 word essay on why you want to be part of the VOW delegation.

You will be expected to attend sessions at the UNCSW for a minimum of 4-6 weekdays as well as the VOW morning information sessions and to blog about your experience.  The registration fee is $50 and you must be a  2017 member of VOW ($50 regular, $20 students or pay what you can).  We will notify you before January 27th.  All delegates are responsible for their own travel expenses including accommodations and meals.  click here for more information and to register

CSW61 (2017)

The sixty-first session of the Commission on the Status of Women will take place at the United Nations Headquarters in New York from 13 to 24 March 2017.

Representatives of Member States, UN entities, and ECOSOC-accredited non-governmental organizations (NGOs) from all regions of the world are invited to attend the session.

Themes

  • Priority theme:
    Women’s economic empowerment in the changing world of work
  • Review theme:
    Challenges and achievements in the implementation of the Millennium Development Goals for women and girls (agreed conclusions of the fifty-eighth session)

– See more at: http://www.unwomen.org/en/csw/csw61-2017#sthash.nAK7gZzu.dpuf

The NGO CSW61 FORUM will take place in New York simultaneously

 For more information on the NGO CSW61 Forum check the NGO CSW/NY website (NGOCSW.ORG) regularly and for information regarding the Commission:

http://www.unwomen.org/en/csw/csw61-2017

 

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Each year 20 or more VOW women attend the UNCSW.  Annually VOW hosts a parallel event.

 

UN Women songWe are One Woman song

Click the links below to view the blog reflections by our delegates:

Through a Passionate Eye by Ainun Afroze

 CSW60: A Personal Experience by Marney Cuff

Jacqueline Burgoyne presentation on her UNCSW 60 experience

Yusur Al Bahrani – “Global Ambassadors for Peace”

Fiona Miller – “Fiona’s Arrival at the UNCSW”

Emily Schepers – “Emily’s Experience at the 59th UNCSW”

Meghan Butt – “Meghan Butt at UNCSW”

Linda Evans-Dyer & Christine Schaefer – “Linda and Christine’s UNCSW Reflections”

Photos from New York… To see more click here!

VOW Daily Breakfast Meetings! Marla Slavner, Shelley Hannah, Kasha Slavner & Co-Chair Janis Alton

VOW Daily Breakfast Meetings! Marla Slavner, Shelley Hannah, Kasha Slavner & Co-Chair Janis Alton

International Women's Day March Ending in Times Square - Fiona Miller, Komal Hussain, Co-Chair Janis Alton & Shelley Hannah

International Women’s Day March Ending in Times Square – Fiona Miller, Komal Hussain, Co-Chair Janis Alton & Shelley Hannah

VOW’s parallel event in New York City:

Youth Speak Out on Sustainable Peacebuilding Skills 2016

Youth Speak Out

Youth speak out photo

“Girls Act for Change, Girls Act for Peace: Empowering Girl Ambassadors for Peace” 2015

VOW Session Panelists and Delegates – Claire Petkau, Jazmin Papadopoulos, Neema Namadamu, Marilou McPhedran, Katrina Leclerc, Yusur Al Bahrani & Co-Chair Janis Alton

VOW Session Panelists and Delegates – Claire Petkau, Jazmin Papadopoulos, Neema Namadamu, Marilou McPhedran, Katrina Leclerc, Yusur Al Bahrani & Co-Chair Janis Alton

The Canadian Voice of Women for Peace (VOW) co-organized the event “Girls Act for Change, Girls Act for Peace: Empowering Girl Ambassadors for Peace” with the Global Network of Women for Peace (GNWP), the Permanent Mission of Canada to the United Nations and Synergie des Associations Féminines du Congo (SAFECO). The event was held at the Permanent Mission of Canada to the United Nations and the speakers were: Mavic Cabrera Balleza, GNWP’s international coordinator; Neema Namadamu, Coordinator of the Girl Ambassador for Peace in South Kivu, Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC); Jazmin Papadopoulos, from VOW; and me, a board member of VOW. There were opening remarks by Susan Truppe, Canada Parliamentary Secretary for the Status of Women and Ambassador Guillermo Rishchynski, Permanent Mission of Canada to the United Nations. Prof. Marilou McPhedren who is Director of the Institute for International Women’s Rights at the University of Winnipeg and member of VOW’s board of directors.

 


An intergenerational dialogue: “ Building Young Women’s Political Empowerment” 2014

Building Young Women's Political Empowerment


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This strategic development session will be an intergenerational dialogue featuring four young women peace educators working in Canada and Brazil and wise women peace educators academics-activists, relating their comments to peace and security issues through international perspectives

Panelists:
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Yusur Al-Bahrani is a freelance journalist and editor based in Toronto, currently pursuing her Master of Journalism degree at Ryerson University. Al Bahrani is a feminist human rights activist, campaigning for women’s and minorities rights. Her main goal is to use journalism as a tool to defend women and minorities’ rights.

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Jennifer Elms is a humanitarian and human rights activist with a passion for social justice based in Newfoundland. She graduated with a B.A. degree from Memorial University of Newfoundland and was awarded a Master of Human Rights and Democratization from University of Sydney (Australia). Her international experience spans over 20 countries.

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Thabi Pratt – British Columbia and Brazil

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Jazmin Papadopoulis is a feminist peace activist and student based out of Winnipeg, MB. She is currently studying Conflict Resolution Studies. She is passionate about changing the status quo by exploring creative new ways to be empowered, challenge worldviews, and experiment with forms of self-expression. Jazmin also dabbles in writing and clowning.

Janna Barkman has recently completed her Masters in Development Practice (MDP) at the University of Winnipeg, focusing on community-based learning, program development and sustainability.  She is a paraeducator and youth worker, as well as a local musician, yoga instructor and peace activist.  Her work and private endeavors focus around fostering spaces in which youth, in particular young women, can thrive and be successful.

With: Professor Betty Reardon (Columbia University – retired, USA)
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Professor Marilou McPhedran ( University of Winnipeg, Canada)

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Canadian Voice of Women for Peace a the Canadian Mission in New York in March 2014.

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Centre Tamara Lorincz, left Janis Alton, and right Rose Dyson

Tamara Lorincz held a side session in the VOW event at the UNCSW 57th Session, March 2013.

Canadian Voice of Women thanks Mary’s Pence for their financial assistance.

Mary's Pence

 

Statement submitted by Canadian Federation of University
Women, a non-governmental organization in consultative status
with the Economic and Social Council  supported by Canadian Voice of Women for Peace.


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Centre Tamara Lorincz, left Janis Alton, and right Rose Dyson

Tamara Lorincz held a side session in the VOW event at the UNCSW 57th Session, March 2013.


How it all began…

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Since 1987, VOW co-chair, Janis Alton has organized educational tours to the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women (UNCSW)  for members of Canadian Voice of Women for Peace


To view the work of the Commission see: www.un.org/womenwatch/daw/csw

Secretariat and the Canadian Mission to the United Nations.

Learn more about the CSW and how the UN works.


2008 United Nations ECOSOC agreed to conclusions.

CWS 2008 – VOW Statement.

Read about the GEAR Campaign (Gender Equality Architcture Reform) at the UN.

Links to the Divisions of the United Nations

United Nations online.

Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC)

Department of Public Information (DPI)

Commission on the Status of Women (CSW)

United Nations Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM)

Declarations on Women, Peace & Human Rights

VOW was the lead Canadian Group at United Nations Conference on Women in Beijing. Developed in 1985, the Beijing Declaration – Action for Equality, Development and Peace is often quoted and referred to at the United Nations and amongst women’s groups around the world.

CEDAW -Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination Against Women

Universal Declaration of Human Rights

More on the United Nations

United Nations Charter: “We the peoples of the United Nations determined…”

United Nations Peacebuilding Commission

To view the work of the Commission see: www.un.org/womenwatch/daw/csw