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:

Upcoming Webinar- Canada’s Feminist Foreign Policy: Rhetoric or Reality?

Webinar Details: Thursday, April 29, 2021 09:00 PST/ 12:00 EST/ 18:00 CET The Canadian government will soon release its Feminist Foreign Policy (FFP) after months of consultation. But what will it include and what policies are needed to make the rhetoric of feminism a reality? This webinar, organized by WILPF Canada, will present an overview of how the FFP process has evolved, including recent consultations; what the key principles of feminist foreign policy are; and take a critical look at existing foreign policy. It will also be an opportunity to hear from WILPF Sweden about what has, and what has not, worked well in the context of Sweden’s FFP. Please join us in this 90-minute webinar that also marks the 106th anniversary of the founding of the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF). Organized by the WILPF Canada. To register, use this link: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZUrcuCrqzojHt1ZDYjyE3Ejka9G46JqnCYk Moderator: Noga Gayle (WILPF Canada) Speakers: Allison Pytlak (WILPF International), Tamara Lorincz (PhD Candidate, Balsillie School of International Affairs), Bianca Mugyenyi (Canadian Foreign Policy Institute), and Gabriella Irsten (WILPF Sweden) ...
Read More

“NATO and Patriarchy”

On Sunday- March 07 (11am PT/ 2pm ET / 8pm CET) If you are on Facebook, please attend this event “NATO and the Patriarchy”: https://www.facebook.com/events/199602425278895 OR, you can also attend this Webinar: "NATO and the Patriarchy" with Ray Acheson In celebration of International Women’s Day Register here: https://www.no-to-nato.org/2021/02/2021-02-28-online-zoom2021-bikini-day-gensuikyo-national-conference-2/ Ray Acheson is the Director of Reaching Critical Will, the disarmament program of the Women’s International League for Peace & Freedom (WILPF). Ray will be speaking about her chapter "The patriarchal militarism of NATO’s reflection group" from this recent NATO Watch report: https://natowatch.org/sites/default/files/202102/peace_research_perspectives_on_nato_2030.pdf You can also join their discussion to challenge NATO’s patriarchal militarism, military spending and plan for 2030. Following Ray’s talk they will hear briefly from four discussants: Kristine Karch (Germany), Ann Wright (United States), Ingela Mårtensson (Sweden) and Tamara Lorincz (Canada). Organized by the No to War-No to NATO Network (www.no-to-nato.org) and endorsed by the Canadian Voice of Women for Peace, Hawai'i Peace and Justice, and Veterans for Peace Chapter 113-Hawaii. Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/NotoWAR.NotoNATO ...
Read More

Canada’s Feminist Foreign Policy

The Government of Canada is developing a feminist foreign policy and hopes to launch it in March 2021. The Feminist Foreign Policy Working Group contributed three reports to the policy-making process and all of them can be accessed here. Canada launched its Feminist International Assistance Policy (FIAP) in June 2017 but, to date, there has not been a policy document outlining Canada’s feminist foreign policy principles, approach, and commitments. There is much debate and discussion internationally around what a feminist foreign policy should or could include, just as there are many definitions of feminism. The time is right for a Canadian articulation of this important policy. Currently, there are varying thoughts towards the policies that are going to be implemented but it is one step in the right direction for our Country and our Liberal government. In February 2020, Minister of Foreign Affairs François-Philippe Champagne announced that he would work with civil society to launch a white paper on Canada’s feminist foreign policy by the end of the year. Here are some more reads for information about the new policy: The Centre for Feminist Foreign Policy- CFFP https://centreforfeministforeignpolicy.org/feminist-foreign-policy Canada’s Feminist Foreign Policy- The Canadian Encyclopedia https://www.thecanadianencyclopedia.ca/en/article/canada-s-feminist-foreign-policy ...
Read More

Treaty on Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons- Why Jan 22nd is an Important date?

January 22 is the monumental day when nuclear weapons become illegal worldwide as the Treaty for the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons enters into force. Of course, Canada, however, has refused to join other countries that have decided to sign the treaty and be part of this monumental event. This is the time to act and learn more about ways in which we can encourage the leaders of this nation to continue advocating for peace. This is a pivotal moment in the anti-war movement. It is inspiring to see groups from all corners of the globe organizing actions in support of this day. Here are some key events to put on your calendar. Show support, spread the word, and mobilize those countries that have not signed the treaty to urge them to act through all or some of these ways: Mines Action Canada: If you or anyone you know live near the Salish Sea (Juan de Fuca Strait, Georgia Strait, Puget Sound so Victoria, Vancouver, Nanaimo, the Gulf Islands, Seattle, Bellingham, Port Angeles etc.), please join our photo action celebrate entry into force. All the details are here: https://www.minesactioncanada.org/salishsea_photoaction. Screening & Discussion of the Award- Winning Film: The Man Who Saved ...
Read More

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 ...
Read More