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:

Contributing to Canada’s Feminist Foreign Policy

On November 9, 2020 WILPF Canada submitted the following statement in response to the call from Global Affairs Canada to contribute to a dialogue on Canada's Feminist Foreign Policy: Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom, Canada Section We, the members of WILPF Canada, applaud the Government of Canada for adopting a feminist approach to foreign policy and for appointing a dedicated Women, Peace and Security Ambassador, Ms. Jacqueline O’Neil, thus giving Canadians an opportunity for ongoing contact with her office on women and peace issues. We are also proud of the fact that following the World Conference on Women in Beijing in 1995, Canada has on several occasions reaffirmed its commitment to protect and promote the rights of women consistent with the Charter of the UN, the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women and other international human rights groups dedicated to the elimination of all forms of violence against women. In addition, following the Women Deliver conference held in Vancouver in 2019, the Canadian government set aside $300 million and established the Equality Fund to support women’s organizations around the world. It truly assists the efforts of women to bring cultural, economic and political ...
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Oppose Funding of Small Small Modular Reactors (SMRs)

On October 29, 2020, WILPF Canada added its name to the list of Canadian public interest groups opposing federal funds for the development of small nuclear reactors, described as "a dirty, dangerous distraction from tackling the climate crisis." For more on this issue, see https://miningwatch.ca/news/2020/10/20/groups-say-federal-funding-new-nuclear-reactors-dirty-dangerous-distraction-tackling ...
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Letter to the PM on defence and foreign policy, October 17, 2020

Dyane Brown, WILPF Nanaimo, has sent the following letter to Trudeau, the  Defence minister, the Foreign Affairs minister, and MP Paul Manly. Dear Prime Minister Trudeau, We are very concerned that in the midst of this pandemic  that you are considering spending $19 billion on the purchase of  88 combat planes. These fighter jets are incredibly expensive to maintain costing  $15,000 an hour to run and leaving a  huge carbon footprint. They will not protect Canada but will be used to further destabilize the world. We urge you to change the direction of this government to focus, not on war, but on peace. We urge you to take the following steps: Cancel the call for new fighter jets Sign the Treaty to Prohibit Nuclear Weapons Find ways to work towards peace within NATO or leave NATO. We do not need to belong to a military alliance that has shown itself to be aggressive and provocative, bombing Serbia, Libya, Syria and Iran, and now engaging in provocative actions near Russia’s borders. Direct funds from the military budget to ensure that primary needs of Canadians are being met, needs like good health, clean water and shelter. Canada’s military budget is the 14th highest in the world ...
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WEBINAR: Challenging Canada’s $19 Billion Warplane Purchase

Thursday, October 15, 2020 at 4:00 PM (PDT) Please join the Canadian Foreign Policy Institute and World Beyond War for our upcoming event with Green MP Paul Manly, NDP MP Leah Proud Lakota Gazan and activist Tamara Lorincz to discuss Canada's $19 billion fighter jet purchase. Don't miss! #NoNewFighterJets #Demilitarize #Decarbonize. Save your spot by registering at https://actionnetwork.org/events/challengingfighterjets?clear_id=true&fbclid=IwAR0r6E8Cn4c8XAzuKN6Hdi_foejFugCdj_W0x4X7Vj3yC-et9oxEcuhNaz4 The Trudeau government is planning to buy 88 new fighter jets for $19 billion but that doesn’t include life-cycle costs. It’s the second most expensive procurement in Canadian history. Canada can’t decarbonize and buy carbon-intensive combat aircraft. Fighter jets are bad for the climate and harm people. We should be building not bombing. We need green jobs not war jobs. Say NO NEW FIGHTER JETS. TAKE ACTION: Please contact your Member of Parliament and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to tell them that you do NOT want your tax dollars spent to purchase new costly, carbon-intensive fighter jets, call the PM at: 613-992-4211 or email him: pm@pm.gc.ca Sign the petition “No New Fighter Jets for Canada”:  https://you.leadnow.ca/petitions/cancel-the-19-billion-fighter-jet-purchase-use-the-funds-for-the-green-new-deal ...
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No to the purchase of fighter jets! Wilpfers demonstrate outside Defense Minister Harjit Sajjin’s office.

On October 2nd, 2020, Ellen Woodsworth and other Wipfers demonstrated outside Defense Minister Harjit Sajjin’s office, as part of a Pan-Canadian Day of Action. Ellen read a letter to Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan in front of his (empty) constituency office in Vancouver Friday noon, protesting Canada’s federal government plans to purchase 88 fighter jets at a cost of $19 billion: ...
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