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VANCOUVER WOMEN’S FORUM ON PEACE AND SECURITY ON THE KOREAN PENINSULA PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow
Tuesday, 09 January 2018 18:36
 
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VANCOUVER WOMEN’S FORUM ON PEACE AND SECURITY ON THE KOREAN PENINSULA

On January 16, 2018, as Foreign Ministers from twenty nations gather in Vancouver to discuss security and stability on the Korean Peninsula, an international delegation of sixteen women representing feminist peace movements from Asia, Europe and North America will convene in Vancouver to ensure that civil-society perspectives are included in the official talks.

The objective of the women’s peace delegation is to urge the Foreign Ministers to prepare the table for a diplomatic peace process that moves away from war and increased militarization, and towards peace, reconciliation, and genuine security. Through the Vancouver Women’s Forum and other actions, the women delegates will remind government leaders of overwhelming global public opinion that favors a peaceful diplomatic resolution as the only option on the table for resolving the Korean crisis. The outcome of the official summit must support the recent breakthroughs in inter-Korean rapprochement, not derail it.  Read more here.

 

 

 
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Women's Forum on Peace and Security Events 

CANDLELIGHT VIGIL FOR PEACE – JAN 15 – Martin Luther King Day! –  6:30 pm – Art Gallery, 7 pm Convention Centre
https://www.facebook.com/events/198500577370254/permalink/198557274031251/

WITNESS FOR PEACE – JAN 16 – 8 am – East Side of West Convention Centre
https://www.facebook.com/events/167767017328226/permalink/167903273981267/

FORUM FOR PEACE - Wosk Centre for Dialogue, SFU – Jan 16 – 2 - 5 pm, – 3300 - 515 West Hastings Street
https://www.facebook.com/events/149751372412658/
 
Note:
These events are initiated by Women Cross DMZ and supported by VOW, Nobel Women’s Initiative, the United Church of Canada, and WILPF.  If you are in Vancouver, contact Lyn Adamson at  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
 
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Please Sign This Official Petition on the Government's Official Website.


Please take a moment to sign the petition to express the desire for Canada to sign and ratify the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons – the nuclear ban treaty that was adopted by 122 nations in July 2017 and opened for signature and ratification on September 20
 
https://petitions.ourcommons.ca/en/Petition/Details?Petition=e-1402
 

 
 
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An Olympic Truce - Sign this Petition and More

 
1) Sign this petition calling for an Olympic truce:  https://act.rootsaction.org/p/dia/action4/common/public/?action_KEY=13181 .
 
2) Write to elected officials and media outlets to let them know about efforts to de-escalate the threat of war on the Korean peninsula. (Share copies of your letters with Bill Geimer at  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  or  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .)
 
3) Plan a public vigil or other solidarity action, preferably when the Vancouver meeting is being held.
Send notice of your event to  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  so your event can be posted on the VIPDN.org website.
  
Sources:
- Petition to sign: https://act.rootsaction.org/p/dia/action4/common/public/?action_KEY=13181 
- Bill Geimer’s article: http://warisacrime.org/2017/08/15/will-koreans-count-this-time/ 
- On Martin Luther King Day: http://www.thekingcenter.org/meaning-king-holiday
- CBC article on upcoming Vancouver meeting: http://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/rex-tillerson-ottawa-visit-1.4456579
- NYT article on perils of mixing machismo with missiles 
https://www.nytimes.com/2018/01/05/opinion/security-masculinity-nuclear-weapons.html
  - MLK speech linking militarism, social injustice, spiritual death: 
http://kingencyclopedia.stanford.edu/encyclopedia/documentsentry/doc_beyond_vietnam/ 


 
 
 
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