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PLease sign on to Gaza Call for Peace Petition [VOW]
Date: Wednesday, January 14 2009


Canadian Voice of Women for Peace


[] Sign the Gaza Peace Petition Online.

[] Read our statement on the Gaza crisis which has gone to the PM,

specific cabinet ministers, opposition leaders, UN Security Council

members, regional government officials

[] Read the press release we sent to the media.



To: The Canadian Government


We, the undersigned citizens of Canada, recognizing that the present

violence in the region arises from a deep-rooted history of violence

begetting violence, are strongly convinced that a peace process is the

only solution and that polarizing the conflict gains nothing.

At the same time, the extreme humanitarian crisis which exists and is

growing in Gaza demands immediate action now. We expect our government to

play an immediate and effective role towards building a lasting peace in

the Middle East.

Therefore, we call upon the Canadian Government, Prime Minister and

Foreign Affairs Officials to:

1. Call for an immediate ceasefire in Gaza between Israel and Hamas

urging all involved parties in the region to come to the peace table

without delay.

2. Support ongoing demands for a ceasefire between Israel and Hamas, and

to use its diplomatic influence calling on all parties to respect

humanitarian law, human rights and the Geneva Conventions.

3. Encourage the new Obama administration to use its influence to

bring a lasting peace to the Middle East, and to assist in any

diplomatic way possible to further nonviolence, peacebuilding and

humanitarian approaches in the region.

4. Ensure that women, who promote peace, from all parties involved in the

Gaza crisis, are at the decision-making table in accordance with Article 1

of Security Council Resolution 1325 on Women, Peace and Security (2000)

which "Urges member states to ensure increased representation of women at

all decision-making levels in national, regional and international

institutions and mechanisms for the prevention, management, and resolution

of conflict."

5. Urge the international community, and especially the United

Nations Security Council, to continue to work toward a ceasefire, and to

ensure that combatants on both sides of the conflict respect international

humanitarian law, human rights and the Geneva Conventions.



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