Wednesday, December 21, 2011

From the Desk of Mary Scott UN Winnipeg Chair

Wishing you Joy and Peace  for the holidays and throughout the year!

And may we continue our work, locally and globally to bring hope and peace for women.
It's been quite a year - we are now officially launched as a Chapter of the Canadian National Committee for UN Women. We have held many interesting meetings - hearing from the Manitoba women who presented at Women's Worlds, and most recently co hosting with Global College the event From Peace in the Home to Peace in the World: Challenge Militarism and End Violence Against Women as part of the 16 Days of Activism to eliminate gender violence. Our local women continue to inspire us.

We hear great things about what women are doing - the awarding of the Nobel Peace Prize to three remarkable women, Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, peace activist Leymah Gbowee, and human rights activist Tawakkul Karman who were lauded for their non-violent struggle for the safety of women and women's rights to fully participate in peace-building work. Wangari Maathai (who died 15 days before the Nobel Peace Prize announcement was made) was the first African woman to receive the Nobel Peace Prize, in 2004. “By providing education, access to water and equity the Green Belt Movement empowered people, most of them poor, most of them women and directly improved their lives as individuals and families. As the Sunday Times of London stated, Wangari Maathai demonstrated that one doesn’t need to be in a position of power to start to do something for one’s environment." Do come out on January 31st, 7:00 at the University Women's Club, 54 West Gate to hear more about women and the environment with Alanna Gray and Louise May.

The recent PBS series, produced by Abigail Disney Women, War and Peace highted the affects of war, but also the courageous women who are working to make a difference. News from Egypt and the ongoing Arab Spring show women want and need to be part of the transition. We will have our Local to Global 2012 on this theme, with details coming soon.

We are partnering with Global College, the Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs and the Natural Resources Institute (University of Manitoba) on a series of talks that recognizes Indigenous people’s knowledge and to honor our relationship with Indigenous peoples in Manitoba. Dr. Richard Atleo, Director for the Centre for Indigenous Environmental Resources is the first speaker on An Indigenous Approach to the Global Crises on January 9th, at 12:30 to 1:30. It will be at the Sinnott Building, 70 Dysart Road. This is free and open to the public, but please rsvp to

Peace...pass it on.  We invite you all to leave your message of Peace on the Winnipeg Chapter's Facebook page -

From all the Coordinating Group, and the Planning Committee for the 2012 Local to Global event, we wish you good health, and happiness this holiday season, and through out the coming year, and we hope to see you out at some of our Chapter events this coming year.



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