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:

Submission from the Vancouver Branch of the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom regarding systemic racism in police departments and the redirection of funds from the Vancouver Police Department on July 2, 2020

To the Mayor, Councillors and Manager: In the midst of the COVID 19 pandemic, the world watched for nearly 9 minutes the horrific murder of an unarmed African American man by a white police officer in Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA. (May 25,2020). The global response under the banner of Black Lives Matter was swift. There have been huge protests and loud calls for an end to systemic racism in society, in particular, in the criminal justice system. This has opened up a public conversation on police brutality, the relationship of the police to marginalized communities and the need to defund parts of police budgets and re-allocate these funds to under-served communities, through social programmes. It is within this context that the Vancouver Branch of the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom calls on the City Council of Vancouver in consultation with the City Manager and the Vancouver Police Board to redirect financial resources from the Vancouver Police Department. This redirection of financial resources should go towards comprehensive alternatives that support the social needs of Black, Indigenous, People of Colour and other marginalized communities. There must be transparency in how these funds are spent. We recommend: 1. An overhaul of police ...
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Urgent letter to the P.M.

On June 20, 2020 WILPF Canada submitted the following letter to the office of the Prime Minister regarding the Report of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls Dear Prime Minister: We, the members of the Canada Section of the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom urge you to implement the National Action plan immediately, a plan which was promised one year ago after the Report of the Missing and Murdered Women and Girls was released. Asking the families and the indigenous community to wait even longer is a cruel gesture when they continue to experience violence. During this period of Covid19, there is evidence that indigenous urban women are under heightened vulnerabilities and risk factors which calls for your special attention. The 231 calls for justice and your promise to bring out an action plan gave us all some hope. So we urge you to act now. We acknowledge and thank your government for the various initiatives undertaken so far, such as the legislation to preserve the indigenous languages and elimination of gender discrimination in the Indian Act. During this month of June, which is the National Heritage Month of Indigenous Peoples, we urge you to take immediate ...
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Peace in Korea

This letter was sent on behalf of WILPF Canada on July 17 to Prime Minister Trudeau; Minister of Foreign Affairs Chrystia Freeland; Jacqueline O’Neill, Women, Peace and Security Ambassador of Canada; and MP Joyce Murray. The Canadian Section of the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom urges you to support women’s advocacy for an end to the Korean war and for a peace agreement on the peninsula.  70 years is enough. It’s time to end the Korean War: We urge our government, which has diplomatic relations with both the Republic of Korea (ROK) and the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK), to support an end to the nearly seven decades-old Korean War. We recognize that under the armistice agreement signed in 1953, the United States and the Koreas are still technically locked in a state of war, and that this has been the root cause of conflict, militarism and nuclear proliferation on the Korean peninsula. We appreciate that the two Koreas agreed to declare an end of war at the Panmunjom summit in April 2018 and implemented their military agreement disarming the Panmunjom and removing landmines and guard posts in the Demilitarized Zone between the two Koreas. We hope ...
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“Bold Peace” screening


A big thank you to Tamara Lorincz, far right ...
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