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.


Re: Canada’s Feminist Foreign Policies & Practices

This letter was sent on behalf of WILPF Canada on March 27 to Prime Minister Trudeau, Minister of Foreign Affairs Chrystia Freeland, Minister of International Development and Minister for Women and Gender Equality Maryam Monsef, Minister of National Defence Harjit Singh Sajjan, and MP Joyce Murray.
Re: Canada's Feminist Foreign Policies & Practices On behalf of the Women's International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF) Canada, we commend you on being the first government in Canada to establish a feminist international assistance and peace and security commitment. This has great potential for improving the lives of women all around the world. We write to offer our perspective on challenges in achieving the stated goals and to recommend steps towards realizing a world of women's equality, peace and prosperity. Canada's National Action Plan on Women, Peace and Security Canada recognizes that around the world, violent conflict, wars and long-term instability disproportionately impact women and children civilians in devastating and permanent ways. Canada recognizes that women are targeted as victims of conflict, war and terrorism as a deliberate strategic practice. And that gender- based violence is increasing with weak and fragmented efforts to combat it. Canada recognizes that true peace and sustainable ...
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At What Cost?: Women Redefine Security

TAKE OUR SURVEY: Join the conversation and add your voice! Please participate before October 1st, in view of the pending federal election. Thank you! Every year in Canada, vast resources are expended in the name of military security while social programs like an affordable housing strategy and affordable daycare are either under-funded or not funded at all. A 2016 Ipsos survey found that one-third of Canadians live with financial insecurity; women disproportionately report challenges with housing costs (49%) and basic life essentials (42%). In one of the first studies of its kind, States of Fragility 2016: Understanding Violence, the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), of which Canada and all western countries are members, has connected the dots between unmet financial and social needs and all forms of violence and conflict around the world, including domestic and other forms of violence within western democracies. So the question becomes, At What Cost do we ignore these findings and continue to focus on militarism and war as the only route to peace and security? Security At Home Every year, the World Happiness Report releases its list of the happiest countries. The report is based on values for six variables that support ...
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Banning the Bomb: Global Activism and International Diplomacy with Ray Acheson

Join us to explore global activism and nuclear disarmament with Ray Acheson from the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom. This event is hosted by the School of Public Policy and Global Affairs (SPPGA). Friday, Feb. 2nd, 2018
12:30 pm – 1:50 pm
*New Venue: C.K. Choi Building – Room 120. *Please note that due to high interest in this event, we have moved to a larger venue.
https://liu.arts.ubc.ca/event/activism-diplomacy-ray-acheson/ ...
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Nanaimo Vigil for peace in Korea

On Monday, January 15th at 5 pm,  there will be a candle light vigil to support the peace-building process in Korea. This will be at the Diana Krall Plaza in downtown Nanaimo hosted by the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom, Nanaimo chapter. The vigil is in solidarity with activities organized by The Vancouver Women’s Forum on Peace and Security On The Korean Peninsula to coincide with the Foreign Ministers Conference there on January 16th. A delegation of sixteen women peacemakers from Asia, Europe, and North America have come to Vancouver to ensure that women’s perspectives are included  in the official discussions and that the only option on the table  to resolve the Korean crisis is a diplomatic one. To support this, candle light vigils will be held in Vancouver, Nanaimo,  Saltspring Island, and in Victoria. January  15 is Martin Luther King Day in  the US where King spoke  out boldly about the links between militarization, social injustice and spiritual death.  In reference to Vietnam, he rejoiced that religious leaders were choosing “ to move  beyond the prophesying of smooth  patriotism to the high grounds of a firm dissent based on the mandates of conscience and the reading of history.” Everyone is welcome to ...
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