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:

“Peace in the Seas: A Call for the Demilitarization and Protection of the Oceans” by Tamara Lorincz

WILPF sections around the world have taken action to stop the militarization of the seas. WILPF Canada has protested the Royal Canadian Navy’s participation in RIMPAC and called for its cancellation. We produced and shared on social media a graphic “Cancel RIMPAC. Stop Military Sonar and Bombing” and lobbied the federal government. WILPF Australia has called on Canberra to withdraw from AUKUS. WILPF Australia and New Zealand are also demanding that Exercise Talisman Sabre, a multi-domain naval firepower exercise, is cancelled this summer. WILPF Italy is pushing for “peace and cooper- ation” to be included in the text of the ...

Global Affairs Canada 2023 Civil Society Consultations on Disarmament, Non-Proliferation, and Arms Control

At the end of June, Alley and Tamara travelled to Ottawa to attend Global Affairs Canada’s (GAC) full-day civil society consultations on disarmament, arms control and non-proliferation. It is the first time in five years that the federal government has had an extensive consultation with peace groups. Tamara urged GAC to stop sending weapons to Ukraine and to support negotiations to end the war. She also called for a reduction of Canadian military spending and arms exports. Alley expressed VOW’s priority to empower Canadian youth by developing a national peace & disarmament education program—equipping youth with the skills and knowledge ...

The International Summit for Peace in Ukraine in Vienna from June 9th-12th, 2023

With financial support from generous funders including the family of Ann Gertler, WILPF Canada and Canadian Voice of Women for Peace member, Tamara Lorincz, represented VOW and WILPF Canada at the “International Summit for Peace in Ukraine” in Vienna from June 9-12. The day before the summit, Tamara participated in the 3-hour meeting of WILPF members at the Women’s House. The summit began with a peace concert followed by a two-day intensive conference with representatives from around the world. The conference was organized by the International Peace Bureau, CODEPINK, WILPF Austria among other groups. Important resources were shared and the international ...

Tamara Lorincz’s Speaking Tour & Advocacy in B.C.

WILPF Canada and Canadian Voice of Women for Peace member, Tamara Lorincz, went on a week-long trip to British Columbia in June. She spoke on “The Climate Impacts of War and Militarism” at the annual peace conference organized by the Boundary Peace Initiative in Grand Forks. She also gave presentations entitled “Making Space for Peace to end the War in Ukraine” in Vancouver, Nanaimo and Victoria. At each speaking engagement, Tamara collected signatures on letters to the Prime Minister Trudeau and Defence Minister Anand calling on them to support “ceasefire & negotiations to end the war in Ukraine” and “to ...

Upcoming peace events in Canada!

Here's a list of upcoming peace events from other global organizations. Peace Wave 2023 International Peace Bureau and World BEYOND War are planning a second-annual 24-hour peacewave on July 8-9, 2023. This is a 24-hour-long Zoom featuring live peace actions in the streets and squares of the world, moving around the globe with the sun. Starts: July 8 at 9am EDT Ends: July 9 at 9am EDT Register: https://24hourpeacewave.org Stopping US & Canada's Participation in NATO's Wars Webinar As NATO prepares for its upcoming summit in Vilnius, Lithuania, on July 11th and 12th, the peace movement is organizing internationally. We are organising protests – ...