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Posted by on Mar 6, 2014 in General News

VOWs Moving, Motivating and Making a New World

VOW women are busy across the country and it is your support that helps make it happen.  Please renew your VOW membership – still only $35 regular and $20 students and as always “pay only what you can”.  It is your donations and your paid membership that has made VOW a voice on both the national and international stage for the past 54 years.  Consider becoming part of a special group of women who support VOW monthly.  Mail us a void cheque and we will deduct $5, $10 $15 or $20 from your account every month. Your donations are the backbone of our organization.

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Media Release:
March 6, 2014
Canadian women activists enroute to the 58th United Nations Commission on the Status of Women.

Twenty (20) women representing the Canadian Voice of Women for Peace (VOW) will be in New York City from March 10th – March 21st. This year’s UNCSW theme is “Challenges and Achievements in the implementation of the Millennium Development Goals for women and girls” is closely linked to the work of VOW.

Janis Alton, the Toronto-based co-chair of the Canadian Voice of Women for Peace, has attended the annual UN event since 1990. “On this, our 28th trip to the United Nations, we will link with the surging global women’s movement intent on celebrating this 103rd International Womens’ Day and on carefully scrutinizing the work of the longstanding UN Commission on the Status of Women, a governmental body  set up by Eleanor Roosevelt. There is much to celebrate as women’s leadership grows. We know the catalytic power of women’s political empowerment. Together, we just may succeed in putting war on the shelf of history.”

VOW will host an NGO side event at the 58th UNCSW “Building Young Women’s Political Empowerment: An International Intergenerational Dialogue. This dialogue will feature a blend of insights regarding peace and security issues from women peace educators of different generations; therefore combining experiential wisdom and youthful perspectives.

Martina Buchal, the World Merit Ambassdor for 2014 and VOW member says” “There is much work yet to be done, so it is critical that dialogue on such important issues continue to drive the momentum for change. I am honoured to be able to attend the UNCSW with the likes of such admirable women who have already made great strides for women in peace-related issues.”

Nine of the VOW contingency are young women who attended the VOW Peacemaker Summer Camps in 2013.  Thanks to a generous grant from the Canadian Auto Workers union (CAW), VOW has 4 camps in 2013/2014. The Peacemaker Summer Camps, held in British Columbia, Manitoba, Ontario and Nova Scotia included sessions for the young women to learn about peace building strategies, the history of VOW along with enabling each individual to share their passion, interest and personal stories relating to peace, justice and women’s rights.   For the second year, many of the young women will benefit from a generous grant for travelling expenses from Mary’s Pence.

At the 58th session of the UN CSW, VOW women will be attending information sessions and meeting with other women from around the world who are actively working in their countries for the rights of women.  They are blogging regularly and using social media to share their experiences. Follow them on our website at http://vowpeace.org/category/blog/ or on rabble.ca

For more information contact:
Janis Alton at 647-821-6191
Sandra Ruch 416-716-4010

In Nova Scotia

On March 2nd, 2014 Nova Scotia Voice of Women held their Annual General Meeting in Halifax.  The guest speaker was Alida Campbell who attended the NS PeacemakeHers Summer Camp and is also one of the young women going to the 58th session of the UN CSW.  A short film on the camp was shown as well.  You can learn more about the VOW camps and see the video by clicking this link

In Manitoba

Congratulations and welcome!!!   A new chapter, Manitoba Voice of Women has been created in Winnipeg, Manitoba.

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Manitoba VOW in partnership with Girl Guides of Canada Manitoba Chapter has created a curriculum for their camp program – ” A Toolkit for Young Feminists to Build a Culture of Peace” written by Janna Barkman and Jazmin Papadapoulous in consultation with Anna Snyder and Kirsten Ramsay.   Both Janna and Jazmin will be at the UNCSW this year and will be presenting at the VOW side event.

At head office in Toronto, Ontario

The VOW office has been very busy since the beginning of 2014.  We are very fortunate to have a full time intern working with us – Kasha Herba.  Kasha is completing her MSW program at the University of Windsor.  Her supervisor for her internship is Nicole Hergert, MSD.  Both Nicole and Kasha attended the Ontario Peacemakers Summer Camp.  Kasha has created a 6 week workshop series designed to inspire and support young women in social media and political engagement.  Kasha is also working on soliciting funding for the program. The workshops are being held on the campus at University of Toronto in conjunction with the U of T VOW club.
The Toronto women going to UNCSW held a fundraiser this past weekend to help with travelling expenses.

 New VOW club at U of T!!!  Much thanks tothe VOW club U of T co-chairs,  Komal Jamil and Caitlin Alexieff

We have several other young women volunteering regularly in the VOW office – welcome to Jess Notwell, Linda Noorafkan and Monica Otasowie.


Brenda McIntyre performed at the Pamper for Peace event.  Photo shows Brenda and her daughter

Steph Guthrie, Social Media as a Civic Engagement Tool

Angela Bischoff, Activism 101

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Left Lee McKenna, Ludrious Peacemaking  Right photo – Lee’s workshop in Sudan