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#16Days of Activism to end gender-based violence Nov25-Dec10

Partner Tour to highlight violence against women in Colombia and Canada

The United Nations has declared the period between November 25, the International Day to End Violence against Women and December 10, International Human Rights day, as 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence.  KAIROS is marking these days by joining with partners to host a speaking tour of women human rights defenders from Colombia and Canada.

From Nov 23 to Dec 4, Isabel Caidedo Polanco of the Organización Femenina Popular (OFP), a Colombian grassroots women’s rights organization and KAIROS partner, will participate in a KAIROS sponsored educational tour in Canada.  The OFP is one of the most well- respected, resilient and effective women’s rights organizations in Colombia. For more than 44 years OFP has worked in Magdaleno Medio, a region that has suffered human rights violations and violence as a result of the Colombian war. Their work includes accompanying marginalized women, defending human rights, and promoting peace. KAIROS has been in partnership with the OFP for more than 15 years.

The tour will mark November 25 and 16 days of Activism against Gender violence by:
1) highlighting the work of the OFP in the context of the Colombia peace process and Canada’s role in supporting women, peace and security in Colombia, AND
2) linking to violence against Indigenous women and impunity in Canada, and providing international witness to the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls (MMIWG).

KAIROS is organizing the tour with ally organizations working on Colombia issues, women’s rights, Indigenous rights and MMIWG. The diverse group of endorsing organizations is listed below.

The tour will include public events in Toronto (November 25), Montreal (November 29) and Ottawa (December 1).   Posters and details for these events will be posted on this site.

Meetings have also been requested with Members of Parliament, the Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and International Development (FAAE) and Global Affairs Canada.

Please join us in supporting and promoting this tour.


The tour is endorsed by Aboriginal Legal Services, Families of Sisters in Spirit (FSIS), Native Women’s Association of Canada (NWAC), No More Silence, Pauktuutit, , Quebec Native Women (QNW-FAQ), Amnesty International, InterPares, Nobel Women’s Initiative, Peace Brigades International-Canada, University of Toronto,  Projet Accompagnement Solidarité Colombie (PASC), Comité pour les droits humains en Amérique latine (CDHAL), Latin American and Caribbean Solidarity Network (LACSN), Colombian Action Solidarity Alliance (CASA),  Public Service Alliance of Canada (PSAC), Americas Policy Group (APG).


For more information, please contact Rachel Warden, Latin American Partnership and Gender Justice coordinator, rwarden@kairoscanada.org

 


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