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:

WILPF Canada and the Canadian Voice of Women for Peace (VOW) send joint letter to Minister Hedy Fry to call on her to support Canada ratifying the nuclear ban treaty and reducing military spending

WILPF Canada and the Canadian Voice of Women for Peace (VOW) recently sent a joint letter to Member of Parliament Hedy Fry who is also the Special Representative on Gender Issues, Parliamentary Representative at the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) and a member of the Parliamentarians for Nuclear Non-proliferation and Disarmament (PNND). We sent similar letters to Senator Mobina Jaffer, Senator Marty Deacon and Senator Marilou McPhedran. We called on them to push Canada to end the war in Ukraine, ratify the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons, reduce military spending, prioritize diplomacy and disarmament, and ...
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WILPF Canada member Satoko Oka Norimatsu co-writes 3-part series “Canada joins U.S. in militarizing the Pacific”

Read 3-part series published in the Georgia Straight on how Canada is joining the U.S. in militarizing the Asia Pacific region and directly threatening China. Part 1: Canadian Armed Forces exacerbate Pacific tensions Part 2: Canadian Armed Forces impinge on Okinawa Part 3: John Price and Satoko Oka Norimatsu: Pacific Peace Network challenges RIMPAC ...
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Stop the Weapons, Stop the War, Stop NATO June 24-30

Join the Days of Action Stop the Weapons, Stop the War, Stop NATO from June 24-30 to coincide with the protests against the NATO Summit in Spain. NATO is a dangerous US-led nuclear-armed military alliance that is provoking conflict and pushing militarism. WILPF members will be participating in rallies across Canada. WILPF Nanaimo is organizing an event at noon on Wednesday, June 29 at Diana Krall Plaza in Nanaimo to raise consciousness about the dangers of belonging to an aggressive nuclear-armed alliance with first-strike capacity. We will likely walk briefly to the corner of Commercial St. and the highway near ...
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Canada refuses to attend First Meeting of the Nuclear Ban Treaty

Because of Canada's membership in NATO, a nuclear-armed military alliance, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau did not send any diplomats to attend and observe the first meeting of the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (TPNW) in Vienna in June and is also refusing to sign and ratify the TPNW. Canada is on the wrong side of the nuclear divide. Follow WILPF's disarmament program 'Reaching Critical Will' for updates ...
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WILPF Calls on Parliament to Conduct a Public Inquiry into Risky Fighter Jet Procurement

WILPF Canada sent a package to every member of the Standing Committee on National Defence and the Senate Committee on Security and National Defence to conduct a public inquiry into the planned purchase of Lockheed Martin F-35 fighter jets. Canada's plan to buy 88 new F-35s for $19 billion is the second most expensive federal procurement in Canadian history. The U.S. Congress has conducted hearings on the F-35 but Canada has not. WILPF Canada is demanding that our elected officials in the House of Commons and our appointed Senators do their due diligence and study the social, climate, environmental and ...
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