Global Day of Action on Military Spending: Halifax Votes!

GLOBAL DAY OF ACTION ON MILITARY SPENDING (GDAMS)
Held annually in April, NSVOW joined thousands of people around the world in calling for reallocation of Military budgets to social and humanities needs.
The local event was held outside the Central Library and provided the public with an opportunity to choose where they  want their tax dollars spent by placing a provided quarter in the jar of their  choice.  Here’s how people voted:
Health & education:     31%
Environment                 24%
Women & Children      18%
Peace                              13%
Arts & Culture               11%
Military                           3%

Since 1997, the Canadian military budget has climbed from $8 billion to $23 billion. The federal government spends more on DND than any other department. (See Public Accounts graph below.)

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Source: Public Accounts of Canada, 2015: http://www.tpsgc-pwgsc.gc.ca/recgen/cpc-pac/2015/pdf/2015-vol2-eng.pf

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Sustain Her – PeacemakeHers to UN Commission on the Status of Women

WHEN:   SATURDAY MARCH 5, 2016, 6 – 9 PM

WHERE: VEITH HOUSE, 3115 Veith Street, B3K 3G9

WHAT:   Music! 50/50 Draw! Silent Auction! Appetizers & Desserts! and

               Stories from the 2015 PeacemakeHers Campers 

Six inspiring young members of NS Voice of Women for Peace plan to attend the first week of the United Nation’s 60th Commission on the Status of Women [CSW60] in New York, March 13 – 24 as delegates with Canadian Voice of Women for Peace.

The CSW60 2016 Priority Theme is Women’s empowerment and its linkto sustainable development.

Excitement is building. Camper Erica Fraser says:

Connecting with other women and fem-friendly folk holds so much potential for catalyzing positive change on our planet. For this upcoming gathering at the UN, I’m most excited about learning from people who are working to build healthy communities in creative and effective ways, hoping to harness some of that energy and bringing it home to Nova Scotia.

The PeaceMakeHers Leadership Camp for Young Women, held annually at Thinkers Lodge in Pugwash, is an initiative of the Nova Scotia Voice of Women for Peace. Campers have the opportunity to receive a small bursary towards education about and experiences of peacemakers at a global level.

Meghan Doucette, who plans to attend PeacemakeHers 2016, says:

I am excited to delve into the themes of women’s empowerment and sustainable development at CSW60 in a few short weeks. This will be an amazing opportunity to meet other women who are focusing on these issues all around the world.

Funds raised at Sustain Her will assist with travel and accommodation costs for these peacemakers of the future.

A big thanks to the supporters of our Sustain Her event
– Frank Taussig
– Sharon Collins
– Treechild
– Theresa Thomas
– Shirley Robb
– Sandy Greenberg
– Amos Pewter
– Trident Cafe
– Twin Cities Boxing Club
– Seamist Studio
– Birdsall Worthington Pottery
– Best Western Glengarry
– Sobeys

NS VOW Delegation to UN Commission on the Status of Women

Eight NS VOW members of all ages are planning to attend the 60th Session of the United Nations Commission of the Status of Women in New York in March.
They work in different fields – journalism, academia, community engagement, and students – and are all passionate about creating a world where women have equitable opportunities to their male counterparts.
Their goals in attending CSW60:

*Learn from workshops hosted by NGOs from around the world
*Bring their knowledge back to their communities in Halifax
*Take action to create a more equitable future for women and all marginalized communities

Sustain Her – music and silent auction

Join us Saturday March 5, from 6:00 – 8:30 pm for an evening of music, light snacks and a Silent Auction. Hear presentations from NS PeacemakeHers Camp participants and enjoy a performance by Sandy Greenberg, who will share her peace and feminist songs.

Where: Veith House — 3115 Veith Street, Halifax, NS

Suggested donation – $10 or pay what you can, at the door – let us know if you’re coming if you can! Funds raised from this event will support participants attending the 40th anniversary of the UN Commission on the Status o Women in New York this March, with a portion of the funds raised also to be donated to Veith House and NS Voice of Women for Peace.

Call for Silent Auction Donations – If you have items to donate to the silent auction please contact Sarah Morgan at morgansarahelizabeth@gmail.com or Rachele Conway at r.conway@dal.ca.

 

White Poppies for Peace

White Poppies for Peace during the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence Campaign,November 26 – December 10, 2015
NSVOW’s White Poppies for Peace will be made and distributed at various events during the 16 days.
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An open letter to Canada’s political leaders

Click HERE and sign our letter to Canada’s political leaders

The Canadian Voice of Women for Peace is the country’s oldest, national peace organization. We are concerned about the rise of militarism in our communities, increased arms sales overseas, and Canadian Forces’ airstrikes in the Middle East. We want Canada to Make Space for Peace and to be a leader in diplomacy, international law, nonviolence and disarmament. This election, please pledge your support for our peace priorities and after the election work with us and other civil society organizations on implementing them.
Our twelve peace priorities:

  1. Stop Canada’s bombing of Syria and Iraq and withdraw our troops from the Ukraine

  2. Open our borders to more refugees from Syria, Afghanistan, Libya and Iraq

  3. Sign and ratify the Arms Trade Treaty

  4. Cancel the $15 billion General Dynamics Canada contract to send weapons to Saudi Arabia and instead invest in a strategy for green jobs and renewable energy

  5. Stop the secretive $26 billion Canadian Surface Combatant program and instead build affordable housing and public transportation across the country

  6. Reduce military spending and redirect funds to social and environmental needs

  7. Implement the recommendations of the External Review into Sexual Misconduct and Harassment in the Canadian Armed Forces

  8. Launch a public inquiry into Canada’s missing and murdered indigenous women and girls and create a national strategy to end gender-based violence

  9. Hold a public inquiry into Canada’s complicity in the torture of Afghan detainees

  10. Convene public consultations for a green paper on national defence and security and on the establishment of a Department of Peace

  11. Advance the United Nations’ Security Council agenda on Women, Peace & Security

  12. Show leadership in nuclear disarmament and host an international meeting on the proposed UN Nuclear Weapons Convention to abolish these weapons of mass destruction
    Click HERE and sign our letter today