PeacemakeHers

Leadership Camp for Young Women

2016 United Nations NSVOW Trip

Last year, 6 previous PeacemakeHer campers had the opportunity to attend the 2016 United Nations’ Commission on the Status of Women (CSW60). Here is the article written in Metro News about the trip;

 

Ideas about food security and sustainability from the United Nations’ Commission on the Status of Women (CSW60) will be coming back to Halifax.

Nova Scotia Voice of Women for Peace (NSVOW) is sending six younger delegates and a few long-time members of the group to the 60th commission in New York from March 13-24, with the theme of women’s empowerment related to sustainability.

“I’m feeling really excited,” delegate Erica Fraser, 26, said on Thursday.

“We’ve got a lot of work to do in building community and increasing our resilience as a province, and I think that young women have really, really … strong position in that.”

Fraser said the NSVOW peace camp in Pugwash she attended last summer helped inspire and inform her about the UN conference, and she became interested in connecting with women globally about sustainability and what is already working in different countries.

As a biologist, craft brewery employee and community facilitator in Halifax’s north end, Fraser said she’s especially interested in picking up ideas on grassroots movements related to food and farming that could work here.

Part of Fraser’s job is working with Halifax’s mobile food market project and a community garden, and she said there’s lots of potential in connecting with others to gather inspiration from similar projects.

“I think women have a really, really strong position in bringing basically higher levels of food security to communities,” Fraser said.

“All we have to do is reach out.”

The rest of the delegation will likely be looking into different areas, Fraser added, so she’s looking forward to diversifying and coming back with a variety of new skills and knowledge.

The only requirement for the UN trip is that you attend our PeacemakeHers camp! Don’t wait – apply today before the deadline of July 25!
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We’re Looking for PeacemakeHers!

We are on the lookout for new PeacemakeHers for our 2017 PeacemakeHers Camp! Young women between the ages of 18 to 30 can come to the picturesque Thinker’s Lodge during the weekend of August 11th – 13th, and bask in the glorifying company of 12-15 woke PeacemakeHer feminists! Come share in this eye-opening experience that has changed the perspectives of the past 4 years of campers! We are free of charge and will provide transportation, can accommodate accessibility and dietary restrictions, and are fragrance free. Don’t wait. Apply today by clicking here. Hurry up! Application period ends on July 25th. Do NOT misss out on this opportunity to spend three days surrounded by like-minded individuals in a beautiful, feminist container!

To apply, click the link above!

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STILL TIME TO APPLY! — 2017

WOW!  Time sure flies in the summer!   Have you heard about our exceptional PeacemakeHers Leadership Camp for Young Women?  It’s coming up in the middle of August – Aug 11-13; it’s FREE and it’s AWESOME!  This is our 5th Camp and all who went before have had life-changing experiences!  Some are even returning this year as they loved the learning, the people, the place, and the inspiration they felt to bring peace to their community and the world.

We’d love you to take a peek and decide to apply!  If this is the first time you’ve heard about it, check out the video from early campers.

If you’re shy or just thinking “Why would I do that?”, or “I don’t know anyone going.”, TAKE THE LEAP! Others are glad they did! They made new friends; they went to the United Nations in New York City, they are more engaged in making a difference than ever before!  ♥

Just click here to fill out the application form.

We’re looking forward to receiving your application and sharing the last days of summer with you! Make sure to keep in mind the application deadline – midnight on July 25th!

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Call 4 PeacemakeHers — 2017

We are looking for PeacemakeHer participants! If you are between the ages of 18 and 30, identify as female, and have a passion for peace, we want you! To apply click here to fill out the application form.

Below is a video of past camp participants, and what they have taken from their camp experience.

To read more about the marvellous experiences had by previous campers, click here. Below are some experts from Camper’s reviews.

“I deeply enjoyed the PeacemakeHers Camp last summer,” Wrote an anonymous attendee. “It was great as it helped me connect with other young women who share the same values and hold some of the same passions as me.”

“My experience with attending the 2016 PeacemakeHers was one that opened an incredibly deep well of empowerment for me,” another wrote. “I struggle with a lack of confidence and often hold [myself] back. My time at the camp reaffirmed that my path to become a Leader will be accomplished if I persevere… Thank you, NSVOW, for teaching me that I am a powerful woman too!”

Perhaps one camper had summarized the entirety of the experience: “It meant I had the space and distance from my everyday life to think deeply and critically,” she writes.

Camper Candace Tattrie had the ability to create change after attending the camp. “I had the opportunity to connect with other individuals who were working to make the world a better place,” wrote Candace. “These connections allowed me to continue to work for peace in my community, and I am working with another individual I met at the Camp to plan an event at Nocturne (a community art event in Halifax, NS) this year. The Camp also gave me the skills and opportunity to attend the United Nations as a Canadian Voice of Women for Peace delegate at the Commission on the Status of Women 2016, which has been one of the most fundamentally amazing opportunities that I have ever taken part in. I am really glad that I had the opportunity to attend the Camp and make these great connections which are allowing me to continue being a change-maker within my community.”

Just another reason to attend the camp is it gives you access to joining VOW delegates at a UN Conference!

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2016 PeacemakeHers Camp Review

During the last weekend of August 2016, the Nova Scotia Voice of Women for Peace (NSVOW) held its 4th annual PeacemakeHers Leadership Camp for Young Women at the Thinkers Lodge National Historic Site in Pugwash, Nova Scotia. The charming house and beautiful landscape were the perfect backdrop for the peace camp, as it was the birthplace for the Canadian Peace and International Nuclear Disarmament Movement in the year 1957. One can feel the legacy of peace that hums inside the house’s interiors, as well as see the beauty of the adjoining ocean from atop a spacious and comfortable home deck.

Camp facilitator Shakira Weatherdon was crucial in the success of the 2016 camp; her knowledge and work in inclusivity helped make the diverse group of young women feel at home during their stay. The experiences campers had facilitated much inter-generational dialogue and relationship building amongst the young women who attended, each falling into the 18 to 30 year category.

The camp was opened and closed by Mi’kmaw elder Catherine Martin, who provided insight and knowledge about the responsibilities of the descendants of colonizers with regard to the “Treaty of 1752” and un-ceded Mi’kmaq territories. She also led the revered Blanket Exercise, which was found to be a deep and moving experience to all who participated.

The PeacemakeHers camp prides itself on being accessible and inclusive. As such, every aspect of the camp is free of charge to participants. Transportation subsidies are available to ensure total accessibility.

 

What do the 2016 camp participants have to say about their experience at the PeacemakeHers camp?

 

“I deeply enjoyed the PeacemakeHers Camp last summer,” Wrote an anonymous attendee. “It was great as it helped me connect with other young women who share the same values and hold some of the same passions as me.”

This feedback is echoed in another participants’ review. “My experience with attending the 2016 PeacemakeHers was one that opened an incredibly deep well of empowerment for me,” she writes. “I struggle with a lack of confidence and often hold [myself] back. My time at the camp reaffirmed that my path to become a Leader will be accomplished if I persevere… Thank you, NSVOW, for teaching me that I am a powerful woman too!”

Perhaps one camper had summarized the entirety of the experience: “It meant I had the space and distance from my everyday life to think deeply and critically,” she writes.

 

Where are the 2016 campers now?  

 

Five of the camp participants had the experience of being part of the VOW delegation to the UN Commission on the Status of Women’s 61st session.  Two campers undertook an education project for high school students. Two other campers joined the 2017 PeacemakeHers Camp Planning Committee, and will be mentors at the 2017 PeacemakeHers Camp. The doors that were opened for campers Laura Fisher and Candace Tattrie by attending the 2016 camp are highlighted below.

“PeacemakeHers was a transformational leadership opportunity for me.” Laura Fisher wrote. “Experiences like the Blanket Exercise became templates for events I then created in my community and on my campus to spread awareness about the violence of colonization and the potential for reconciliation. I am still in touch with most of the participants, almost a year later, and we continue to support, inspire, and plan together for future peace work.”

Candace Tattrie also had the ability to create change after attending the camp. “I had the opportunity to connect with other individuals who were working to make the world a better place,” wrote Candace. “These connections allowed me to continue to work for peace in my community, and I am working with another individual I met at the Camp to plan an event at Nocturne (a community art event in Halifax, NS) this year. The Camp also gave me the skills and opportunity to attend the United Nations as a Canadian Voice of Women for Peace delegate at the Commission on the Status of Women 2016, which has been one of the most fundamentally amazing opportunities that I have ever taken part in. I am really glad that I had the opportunity to attend the Camp and make these great connections which are allowing me to continue being a change-maker within my community.”

Are you excited about the prospect of attending a camp of young feminists exploring hard issues facing the women of today, on the beautiful shores of Pugwash Nova Scotia? It’s not too late to sign up! Click on the link below, and fill in your application before July 25th for a chance to attend the 2017 PeacemakeHers Leadership Camp for Young Women!

 

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