PeacemakeHers

Leadership Camp for Young Women

Registration Form Now Open

Dear Accepted Applicants,

The Registration Form is now open! Please fill it out by clicking the link in your inbox!

Just a reminder, we will not be able to secure a physical space with a place to sleep until the registration form is filled. Ideally, the form should be filled no later than Sunday August 7th at midnight.

Thanks!

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Two Weeks Until Camp!

With only two weeks until our 2017 camp, the team here at NSVOW have been working very hard to ensure another successful run! In lieu of this, I though it would be nice to include some excerpts from previous campers about their experience with us:

“I am grateful to have learned about other people’s experience and start to explore the intersectionalities of the social justice issues discussed here.

This weekend has meant so much for me. It has helped me connect with peers and mentors. It has been inspiring and powerful.

It gave me a chance to learn from other women and connect with others who are doing activist work in Nova Scotia and share resources.

[This camp was] a window into the experiences that other women experience in their daily lives.

[This camp was] an excellent opportunity to make new friends and connections.

[This camp was] a beautiful space to connect with others around feminism and peace.

[This camp was] a chance to share perspectives, experience, and to learn from others.

[I will be] doing a lot of much-needed education of radicalized experience and intersectionality. ”

 

We are very excited to meet our new batch of campers in two weeks!!

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2017 Application Period has Closed

We’re sorry to say that the 2017 PeacemakeHERs camp application period has closed! To all the lucky 2017 applicants, congratulations! We are in the process of making this year’s camp a camp to remember! Stay tuned for a post about when 2017 camp applicant registration is open!

 

To all who have heard about this camp too late to be a 2017 participant, NSVOW holds a PeacemakeHERs Camp annually. Be sure to visit our website or social media next year to know when the 2018 applicant period opens!

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Voyage to Thinkers Lodge

I was super excited to be an attendee of the 60th Pugwash Conference on Canada’s Contribution to Global Security, an opportunity I got (for free!!) through my boss and VOW member Theresa Thomas. It was a wonderful 3-day conference in Halifax that ended in a road trip to the beautiful Historical Site know as Thinkers Lodge, which is actually the birthplace of the conference 60 years ago in the year 1957. The topic then was on how to dismantle the world’s obsession with nuclear weapons – unfortunately, a topic that is still relevant today, and a major topic at the conference. I attended the second day of the conference on Monday, where it took place at Dalhousie University. I listened in on a couple presentations, such as Douglas Roche’s presentation on Nuclear Weapons, and an interesting presentation by Dr. Shelly Whitman about UN soldiers encountering child soldiers during peace operations, and the dilemmas that causes.

 

On Wednesday, I carpooled with keynote speaker Ernie Regehr, a Dal poli-sci prof, and our gracious driver, a conference coordinator. It took about 2 hours to get to Pugwash from Halifax, time we spent discussing our jobs, studies, and the Trump Administration. Pugwash was beautiful! As soon as you peeled your eyes away from the ocean, you take in the beautiful house that is the Thinkers Lodge Historic Site. Farther down lies the Lobster Factory – a large dining area that contains no hint of its older, fishier times. A large grassy expanse of space lies between the two, and a park is farther down from the factory. It is no wonder the Lodge is a common wedding location! It is absolutely breath-taking!

 

After a tour of the place with all its historic significance (that I won’t go into detail with in case future camp participants are reading this J), we had lunch at the lobster factory. I sat with Prof. Erika Simpson – a professor of Political Science at Western University, Ontario, who gave a presentation on Nuclear Arms, NATO, and the NPT. She invited me to go swimming with her and her daughter – who was also in attendance – after lunch.

 

After lunch and a couple more speeches, when all attendees began to disperse, we got ready to go the beach! Erica dug in her suitcase for something I could wear to swim (people in peace work are the nicest wink, wink get involved). We then went out the lodge, down the grassy part, and into the beach. The water was beautiful! It was quite shallow, and I could swim for quite a while, while still being able to put my feet down and reach the bottom (I’m 5’2 by the way). Swimming was definitely one of my favourite parts about the conference! All too soon, it was 4:30 pm and I had to go dry off and get back to the car I came in, and leave Pugwash behind.

 

I was quite dis-hearted to have to leave the beauty I had discovered at the top of Nova Scotia. I had never heard of Pugwash before working this summer on the camp, yet after going could hardly believe that little piece of paradise was widely unheard of.

 

I am definitely looking forward to going back up there in August!  To all accepted applicants of 2017, congratulations! And don’t forget to bring a swimsuit!

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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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