THE NATIONAL COUNCIL OF WOMEN OF CANADA

Work for Establishing Peace

September 7, 2002

The Right Hon. Jean Chrétien,
Prime Minister
House of Commons,
Ottawa, Ontario
K1A 0A6

Dear Mr. Chrétien,
On behalf of the members of the National Council of Women of Canada (NCWC), I am writing to urge that the Government of Canada continue to work for establishing Peace, rather than joining in waging war.

In 1968, NCWC urged the Government “to continue to press for a more comprehensive programme of Peace Keeping Operations in the United Nations”. (NCWC Policy 68.5) Through custom, and as a member of the International Council of Women (ICW) which Secretary General Perez de Cuellar designated a Peace Messenger (1988), NCWC members work to see peace established as a general condition of life for all humanity. NCWC is well aware that under conditions of war, it is always the women, caring for the children, the aged, and the infirm who pay the greatest price, and suffer the most.

NCWC also believes in open government, with full disclosure of the evidence that justifies taking action against what is, like Canada, a sovereign state. Therefore members would urge that Canada not be drawn into a new war, or war-like operation without knowing all the reasons for committing Canada to be part of an operation which will surely punish the innocents in the process of overthrowing a regime. Recent information from Afghanistan makes it clear once again, that modern warfare is always total war; there is no differentiation between civilians and combatants.

National Council of Women of Canada works to improve conditions of life for women and children in the communities where they live. NCWC holds consultative status with the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) of the United Nations, and is a participating non-governmental organization with the Commission for Women of the Organization of the American States (OAS/CIM).

For peace,

Catharine Laidlaw-Sly
President

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