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.

About us: We are a small (about a dozen or more), diverse group of activists, ranging in age from 20-something to 81. We were born in Canada, the Caribbean, the US., the South Pacific, India, and Europe.  We have worked or are working as teachers, librarians, public administrators, doctors, and politicians. As individuals, outside of WILPF, our interests include influencing prostitution policy, bringing refugees to Canada, educating girls in Africa, and strengthening women’s voices in local politics. Our meetings are devoted to finding ways to influence government policy on militarism, indigenous affairs and other public issues. If you would like to sit in on one of our monthly meetings, please contact Tejal Barde at wilpf.canada@gmail.com.

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


NEWS:

Fighter Jets Harm Women, Girls and Mother Earth

To mark November 25 and the start of the 16 Days of Activism to End Violence Against Women, WILPF Canada has launched this graphic: Fighter jets aren't feminist. Warplanes are vehicles of violence. Orange the world and help end violence and war. Post it on your social media and share it. You can follow us on Facebook and Instagram #IDEVAW. Did you know that in 2000, the United Nations General Assembly finally designated November 25 as International Day for Elimination of Violence against Women in honour of the Mirabel sisters who were killed by the US-trained & supported dictator Rafael Trujillo in the Dominican Republic in 1960? Learn more here ...
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Joint Letter Fighter Jets Aren’t Feminist

WILPF Canada has partnered with the Canadian Voice of Women for Peace (VOW) and sent a joint letter to Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland, Minister of National Defence Anita Anand and Minister of Women and Gender Equality Marci Ien to let them know that we are opposed to the federal government's plan to spend $77 billion (life-cycle costs) for 88 new warplanes. We have requested a gender-based analysis of this defence procurement and of military expenditures and to make these GBA+ reports publicly available. Read our letter here ...
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National Week of Action “Fighter Jets are Climate Threats”

Monday, November 22 to Friday, November 26. WILPF Canada is joining the Nation Wide protest against New Fighter Jets. In Vancouver , it will be held on Monday the 22nd 2021 at 4:30 pm at the CBC Plaza 700 Hamilton Street downtown. There will also be actions across the country and WILPF members will be participating in Ontario and Nova Scotia. Find out more here: nofighterjets.ca ...
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REPORT BACK FROM COP 26: Women Mobilizing for Climate Justice, Gender Equality and Feminist Peace

Sunday, November 21
10-12 AM PST (Vancouver) / 1-3 PM ET (New York) / 7-9 PM CET (Berlin) Organized by the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom with CODEPINK
Moderated by Bianca Mugyenyi, Canadian Foreign Policy Institute Speakers: Ida Arneson (Sweden), Roslyn Cook (WILPF UK), Tamara Lorincz (WILPF Canada), Michelle Benzing (WILPF Germany), Nancy Mancias (CODEPINK), Jodie Evans (CODEPINK) and Alexis Canari (WILPF Germany/Peru). Register here As COP26 has drawn to a close in Glasgow, many promises have been made, from commitments to end deforestation to pledges of achieving “net zero” emissions by 2050. But what do these promises really mean? Will they be enough to mitigate the devastating effects of the ecological crisis? And how have feminist, anti-militarist perspectives featured in this year’s much anticipated COP? Speakers who attended the climate summit in Scotland from WILPF Sections as well as from CODEPINK will assess outcomes of COP in a public webinar on Sunday, 21 November. Join the conversation online and learn from women activists about the steps that are required for building a world based on climate justice, gender equality and feminist peace. Find out more ...
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WILPF Canada will be at COP 26 in Glasgow

WILPF Canada member Tamara Lorincz is heading to COP 26 climate summit in Glasgow this week. She is joining WILPF International's delegation to the summit. Tamara will be bringing WILPF Canada's message to "Demilitarize Decarbonize Decolonize." She will have our new pins, leaflets and banners. Tamara will be participating in the peace and climate events. You can follow WILPF at COP 26 on social media: #WILPFCOP26 and #NoWarNoWarming
Tamara will also be participating in the People's Summit. Many of the events at virtual and you can tune in. Tamara is a member of WILPF's Environment Group and is involved in the Arms, Militarism and Climate Justice working group. She will be doing a report back from COP 26 with other WILPF members on Sunday, November 21 at 10 am PST / 1 pm ET. More details to come ...
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