NS VOW Then and Now

Join us Saturday, May 23 for the screening of Voice of Women: The First Thirty YearsThis film documents the ground-breaking actions of a group of Canadian women to bring forth their vision of a peaceful world. In 1960, taking the name “Voice of Women”, they began a movement that helped women find the courage to speak out on political issues.

This event will be held at the newly renovated Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21, 1055 Marginal Road in Halifax, from 1 pm to 3 pm.

You’ll also have an opportunity to visit  Peace: The Exhibition, on loan from the Canadian War Museum, expanded with Canadian VOW’s exhibit panels Building Peace, Making History.

Maya Eichler

The afternoon, hosted by VOW member and Canada Research Chair in Social Innovation and Community Engagement Maya Eichler, will include brief comments on the work of NS VOW, including GDAMS (Global Day of Action on Military Spending), the White Poppy Campaign and the PeaceMakeHERS Camp.

Here is a short clip from the 50-minute film, produced in 1992 and directed by Cathy Reeves and Margo Pineau.


Celebrate With Us!

Building Peace and Justice: From the Local to the Global

Share in Celebrating the City of Halifax’s recent joining the list of “Mayors for Peace” on International Human Rights Day.

Date & Time: Wednesday, Dec. 10, 7:00-9:00pm
Location: Local Women’s Council House, 989 Young Ave. (at Inglis), Halifax


  1. Isabelle Gagnon – harpist, will play before and after the programme
  2. Olga Milosevich – Master of Ceremony and Panel Moderator
  3. Joan Smith – Mi’kmaw Gathering Song
  4. Alexa McDonough – Introduction of Councillor Watts
  5. Councillor Jennifer Watts – Response on behalf of the City of Halifax
  6. Yoko Nishiguchi – Greeting from Hakodate, Sister City and member of Mayors for Peace
  7. Nancy Covington – Towards a World Free of Nuclear Weapons, Physicians for Global Survival
  8. Panel Discussion – Building a Culture of Peace
  9. Maya Eichler, Professor Women’s /Political Studies MSVU
  10. Christine Saulnier, Director CCPA Nova Scotia
  11. Allison Sparling, MSVU Graduate and Social Activist
  12. Questions/discussion – Nancy, Maya, Christine, Allison and audience
  13. Linda Ruffman – Moving From a Culture of Violence to a Culture of Peace, The White Poppy Initiative
  14. Sandy Greenberg – song
  15. Closing remarks – Olga Milosevich

Time to celebrate, make new friends, meet old friends

Snacks from Our Thyme Café, Dartmouth



30th Anniversary of Debert Action – Screening

FBdebert There was a full house at the auditorium of the Museum of Natural History in Halifax at the screening of Debert Bunker: By Invitation Only on the 30th anniversary of the action decrying, protesting, and ridiculing the rehearsal for nuclear war that took place at the bunker in Debert, Nova Scotia on February 29, 1984.

Directed and Produced by Liz MacDougall, the documentary showed the actions of several affinity groups who came together in 1984 to illustrate the horror that would take place outside such a bunker for everyone except the 318 men and 11 women who were chosen to be allowed into the bunker in an absurd and futile attempt to keep the government, military, and communications structures going following a nuclear attack.

With an obvious lack of understanding of what it would take for a continuation of the human race, the bunker plan would attempt to save old, white men, who would be ushered into the supposedly safe cocoon, leaving their wives and children behind to suffer and die. This 30-minute film transfixed the audience and brought them to the raw emotions of grief, rage, and defiance. The connections and common purpose felt by the participants was felt by those watching the video.

Nova Scotia Voice of Women sponsored the screening, as well as Liz MacDougall’s creation of the new digital re-make that was shown. Many Voice of Women members, including Muriel Duckworth and Betty Peterson, were at Debert that day, bringing women’s voices for peace into the cold February air.