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:

Sept. 21: International Day of Peace

In remembrance of the 75th anniversary of the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, and following the United Nations lead, Vancouver's mayor Kennedy Stewart has proclaimed September 21st, 2020 as the International Day of Peace. WILP Canada supports and applauds the City of Vancouver for taking this step. ...
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WILPF Canada’s position on the Boycott, Divestment, Sanction Israel (BDS)-campaign

In response to a request from the German section of WILPF, the following letter was sent on August 8, 2020: As individual members, most of us have supported the BDS movement all along but we are happy to state that we as a section of WILPF endorse it in principle. The annexation of the Palestinian Settlements is in complete violation of International law and it is our position that we have the right to advocate and take peaceful measures to get Israel to comply with international law. BDS is a legitimate, non- violent protest to protect the rights of the Palestinian people. The Government of Canada has always taken the position that the West Bank is an occupied Palestinian territory and that it does not form part of the State of Israel. The Canadian government opposed Israel’s construction of the barrier inside the West Bank and East Jerusalem, which is contrary to international law under the Fourth Geneva Convention. Canada has taken the position that Israeli settlements in the occupied territories are a violation of this convention. However, the government of Canada, in its efforts to develop an antiracism strategy, adopted the IHRA definition of anti-Semitism last year. There is ...
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Prohibit Nuclear Weapons

WILPF Canada has endorsed the appeal of Hiroshima survivor and Nobel Peace Prize winner Setsuko Thurlow to Prime Minister Justin that the Canadian government ratify the UN Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons. For the full text of her statement which has been circulated to heads of state across the world, please go to  http://www.hiroshimadaycoalition.ca/ ...
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July 24, 2020: Please cancel the $19 billion fighter jet procurement

Friday morning Wilpfers and others gathered outside the constituency office of Defense Minister Harjit Sajjan to present the following letter: Dear Honourable Harjit Sajjan, We are writing to you on the National Day of Action “Strike for Climate Peace: No New Fighter Jets“ to let you know that we strongly oppose the Canadian government spending $19 billion on 88 new fighter jets. Today demonstrations are taking place outside the offices of Members of Parliament of all the political parties across the country. Canadians do not want the federal government to spend precious public tax dollars on a new weapon system, but want investment in crucially needed domestic programmes. We have heard only last week how the COVID-19 pandemic has pushed the women’s participation in the labour force down to its lowest level in three decades. We call on the federal government to address this situation as well as long-standing gender economic inequality by fully funding a National child care programme as well as other measures to assist women, such as actions against gender based violence. Surely this is a sounder investment for Canada than fighter jets that are unnecessary; intend to destroy life, and exacerbate the climate crisis. We plead ...
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Friday, July 26: National Day of Action “Strike for Climate Peace: No New Fighter Jets”

WILPF and other groups will be demonstrating outside Defence Minister MP Harjit Sajjan’s office at 6406 Victoria Drive.  Please join us at 11:00 am ...
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