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In these pages, we focus on regions and countries of our world that are in the midst of particularly difficult conflicts and struggles. These regions and countries highlight both the high price of injustice and the role of external forces in shaping and sustaining regional conflicts.

These pages are designed to help us make the link between seemingly unconnected issues like ecology and human rights, or trade and armed conflict. They offer basic background on the country or region, and lift up the analysis and perspective of our partners. And they offer action suggestions for both short term actions when lives are at risk, and longer term action that reaches the roots of the struggles faced by these countries.

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KAIROS' work is currently focussed on five countries/regions:


No More Silence in Colombia – by Audrey Huntley

Community garden in Yondo

Audrey Huntley comments on how KAIROS partner Organizacion Femenina Popular (OFP) and Toronto-based No More Silence honour and respect those who are murdered or disappeared.

Prayers for Peace in a Spirit of Unity


Agnes Wasuk believes in the power of prayer. From her cramped office in the capital city of South Sudan, Agnes is building a women’s movement for peace — in part by encouraging women to gather monthly and pray for peace. She knows that prayer will need to be an important element of their strategy, particularly in this place that has been gripped by war and conflict for more than five decades.

Yolanda Becerra, National Coordinator, Organizacion Femenina Popular (OFP), Barrancabermeja, Colombia

book - reparar para la Paz

November 25, the International Day to End Violence Against Women, is a day to raise awareness of the work that organizations and movements are doing around the world to end violence against women. This is precisely why we are launching our book, Re –parar para la Paz (Repairing for Peace), which documents the OFP’s experience […]

When a woman is no longer silent


On the International Day to End Violence Against Women, KAIROS partner Chantal Bilulu reflects on what this day means for her and other women working to combat sexual violence in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

KAIROS Partners are still Here! Working to End Violence against Women

Women of Courage Logo

On November 25, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, women’s organizations and movements, human rights groups, grassroots organizations and governments from around the world come together to demand an end to violence against women and to look for solutions. November 25 also marks the beginning of 16 days of action to […]

In Memory of the life of Adolfo Ich Chaman-

A photo in memory of Adolfo Ich, with the caption 'Happy Father's Day', hangs on the wall of his family home in El Estor.

Today, five years later, KAIROS joins the family of Adolfo Ich Chaman- , his community and human rights and solidarity groups in Guatemala and in Canada in commemorating Adolfo Ich’s life and demanding justice. Angelica Choc, Adolfo’s wife, has called on all of us to join them in solidarity: “Let all of us who are fighting in defense of our territories unite to demand that justice be served”.

KAIROS network shows solidarity for partners in the Middle East

Program Coordinators Connie Sorio and Rachel Warden hold KAIROS Solidarity banner for Partners in the Middle East

“In this moment, we must all don the robe of humanity. It is a time to stand together as Canadians, Palestinians, Arabs, Muslims, Jews, Israelis and Christians as one soul. We must show that none is ignored or considered unworthy of a secure and prosperous life.”  Dr. Izzeldin Abuelaish, Palestinian physician and the author of […]

Development free of fear by Rev. Desmond Jagger-Parsons

Desmond Jagger-Parsons with Connie Sorio and Ed Bianchi of Kairos, and the Mayor of Midsalip, Liwaya A. Paras.

Rev. Desmond Jagger-Parsons, BA LLB MDiv, is the Head of the Philippine Learning Tour, a delegation organized by KAIROS: Canadian Ecumenical Justice Initiatives, with representatives from KAIROS member churches, CUPE, MiningWatch Canada and Indigenous people in Canada.  Rev. Jagger-Parsons is also the Chair of the Board of KAIROS and a United Church minister in the […]

Press Statement: The Rock Hard Truth—Philippine Learning Tour raises concerns about mining-related human rights violations in the Zamboanga peninsula

Philippines Learning Tour 2014

At a press conference at the Iglesia Filipina Independiente in Pagadian City, Philippines Learning Tour (PLT) members Rev. Desmond Jagger-Parsons, Chair of the KAIROS Board, and Linda Wilson, a member of Idle No More, present a joint statement at the conclusion of the PLT, along with Bishop Antonio Ablon, and Rev. Beltran Pacatang and Subanen Terso Balives from PROTECT, a PLT sponsor.

KAIROS Members Call for Peace in Gaza

Kairos Logo Colour square

KAIROS member churches and organizations continue to speak out for peace in Gaza, urging the Canadian government to become more engaged in building a just peace.