Welcome to WILPF Canada!

WILPF Canada’s goals are to bring together women of different political beliefs and philosophies who are united in their determination to study, make known and help abolish the causes and the legitimization of war; and to work toward world peace; total and universal disarmament; the abolition of violence and coercion in the settlement of conflict and their substitution in every case of negotiation and conciliation; the strengthening of the United Nations system; the continuous development and implementation of international law; political and social equality and economic equity; co-operation among all people; and an environmentally sustainable development.

For more about WILPF, its history, goals and activities, visit WILPF International.


NEWS:

The Canadian Foreign Policy Institute’s Proposition

With the federal election coming up this month, the Canadian Foreign Policy Institute has created a plan which actualizes the government's claim to supporting “Feminist Foreign Policy” and proposes to do so in a cost-free manner.  To start, Canada should not be influenced by the United States' understanding of Foreign Affairs. Specifically, Meng Wanzhou, the Huawei executive who was arrested at the Vancouver Airport at the end of 2018, should be released as part of a negotiation to have Michael Spavor and Michael Kovrig returned. The detainment of Wanzhou supports the Trump administration's Sinophobic ideology, which has only been amplified by the results of the COVID-19 pandemic. Canada should not involve itself with the conflict that has been arising between the US and China in the past decade. Canada must also scrap its plan to spend $19 - $77 billion on new fighter jets. WILPF Canada has been outspoken about its opposition to this purchase. The cost of purchasing and upkeeping the 88 new fighter jets is immense, and a poor way to spend our public funds. They are also largely fuel-inefficient and would contribute to the growing climate crisis that has become impossible to ignore. Charles Nixon, former deputy minister of National Defence, strongly feels that there is no need for Canada to ...
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WILPF International’s statement on Afghanistan and a message to its members and citizens of the World

“Thank you to each and every one of you for your actions and support for women and members in Afghanistan. We received many messages of solidarity for our sisters in Afghanistan and they have been forwarded on safe channels. Evacuations are still ongoing and we do our best to assist this work, so we hope you understand that the speed of the International Secretariat might not be as usual on other projects.

We hope to be able to invite you in the near future to a special webinar for members focusing on the situation in Afghanistan and the responses we need to send internationally and nationally, but at the moment we focus on urgent priorities related to evacuations and high-level advocacy. We also made two statements at the 31st Special Session of the Human Rights Council (HRC) on the serious human rights concerns and situation in Afghanistan:

23 August: Written statement
24 August: Oral statement WILPF International is further encouraging individuals to take steps and encourage their government representatives to stand in solidarity with Afghanistan by listing some “urgent demands” that they can meet:
  • Advocate for an immediate nationwide ceasefire, demand freedom of movement for all throughout Afghanistan, and that the ...
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Past Event- Book launch with Ray Acheson “Banning the Bomb, Smashing the Patriarchy”

Author and activist Ray Acheson
Thursday, May 27, 2021
7:00 pm ET via Zoom
To register: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZIvdOuvrDooGdO3h4Lkx_kUzbOPYuuaWAK1 Hosted by: Tamara Lorincz Please join us for the Canadian launch of Ray Acheson’s new book “Banning the Bomb, Smashing the Patriarchy”. Ray is the Director of Reaching Critical Will, the disarmament program of the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF) and has written this important book on new nuclear disarmament. The story in this book offers a look inside the antinuclear movement and its recent successful campaign to ban the bomb. From scrappy organizing to winning the Nobel Peace Prize in 2017 and achieving a landmark UN treaty banning nuclear weapons, Ray Acheson narrates the journey of the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons and developments in feminist disarmament activism. The book launch is organized by the Canadian Voice of Women for Peace, Science for Peace and WILPF-Canada and is being held in commemoration of the International Women’s Day for Peace and Disarmament. *You can pre-order Ray Acheson’s new book “Banning the Bomb, Smashing the Patriarchy” https://rowman.com/ISBN/9781786614896/Banning-the-Bomb-Smashing-the-Patriarchy and use the pre-order Discount code: RLFANDF30 ...
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Past webinar- Canada’s Feminist Foreign Policy: Rhetoric or Reality?

Webinar Details: Thursday, April 29, 2021 09:00 PST/ 12:00 EST/ 18:00 CET The Canadian government will soon release its Feminist Foreign Policy (FFP) after months of consultation. But what will it include and what policies are needed to make the rhetoric of feminism a reality? This webinar, organized by WILPF Canada, presented an overview of how the FFP process has evolved, including recent consultations; what the key principles of feminist foreign policy are; and take a critical look at existing foreign policy. It also provided an opportunity to hear from WILPF Sweden about what has, and what has not, worked well in the context of Sweden’s FFP. This 90-minute webinar also marked the 106th anniversary of the founding of the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF). You can view the recorded webinar here: https://vimeo.com/544882089 Moderator: Noga Gayle (WILPF Canada) Speakers: Allison Pytlak (WILPF International), Tamara Lorincz (PhD Candidate, Balsillie School of International Affairs), Bianca Mugyenyi (Canadian Foreign Policy Institute), and Gabriella Irsten (WILPF Sweden) ...
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“NATO and Patriarchy”

On Sunday- March 07 (11am PT/ 2pm ET / 8pm CET) If you are on Facebook, please attend this event “NATO and the Patriarchy”: https://www.facebook.com/events/199602425278895 OR, you can also attend this Webinar: "NATO and the Patriarchy" with Ray Acheson In celebration of International Women’s Day Register here: https://www.no-to-nato.org/2021/02/2021-02-28-online-zoom2021-bikini-day-gensuikyo-national-conference-2/ Ray Acheson is the Director of Reaching Critical Will, the disarmament program of the Women’s International League for Peace & Freedom (WILPF). Ray will be speaking about her chapter "The patriarchal militarism of NATO’s reflection group" from this recent NATO Watch report: https://natowatch.org/sites/default/files/202102/peace_research_perspectives_on_nato_2030.pdf You can also join their discussion to challenge NATO’s patriarchal militarism, military spending and plan for 2030. Following Ray’s talk they will hear briefly from four discussants: Kristine Karch (Germany), Ann Wright (United States), Ingela Mårtensson (Sweden) and Tamara Lorincz (Canada). Organized by the No to War-No to NATO Network (www.no-to-nato.org) and endorsed by the Canadian Voice of Women for Peace, Hawai'i Peace and Justice, and Veterans for Peace Chapter 113-Hawaii. Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/NotoWAR.NotoNATO ...
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