Archive for November 2016

Canadian government must support women’s rights organizations in these troubled times

November 30, 2016

More than words is needed to address gender-based violence around the world. In the wake of the U.S. election, when hope seems very dim for those committed to women’s rights and gender justice, we can be inspired by women’s rights…

Post filed in: Gender Justice, Op Eds & Rabble

KAIROS response to federal government decisions on pipeline projects

November 30, 2016

KAIROS is dismayed with the federal government’s decision to approve the expansion of the Trans Mountain pipeline, as announced by Prime Minister Trudeau on November 29. This decision is incompatible with the government’s commitment to respect and implement the UN…

Post filed in: Ecological Justice, Indigenous Rights

Spirited Reflection: Borderlands, illumination and preparing the way

November 29, 2016

3:1 In those days John the Baptist appeared in the wilderness of Judea, proclaiming, 3:2 “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven has come near.” 3:3 This is the one of whom the prophet Isaiah spoke when he said, “The voice…

Post filed in: Spirited Reflections

On leaving Marrakesh: Reflections on the climate road ahead

November 29, 2016

Flying through the labyrinthine alleys of the Medina on a motorbike as the twenty-second session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 22) UN Climate Change Conference  came to a close in Marrakesh, Morocco, I found it an apt analogy to…

Post filed in: Ecological Justice, Spirited Reflections

Women’s role building peace and ending gender-based violence the focus of Colombian organization’s Canadian tour

November 23, 2016

Organización Femenina Popular, a Colombian grassroots women’s rights organization and KAIROS partner, visits Toronto, Montreal, Quebec City and Ottawa, November 23 – December 4 (Toronto, ON) – Women’s critical role in peace building in Colombia and bearing international witness to…

Post filed in: Gender Justice, Media Releases

Spirited Reflection: Moonstruck

November 21, 2016

[The LORD]  shall judge between the nations, and shall arbitrate for many peoples; they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruning hooks; nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any…

Post filed in: Spirited Reflections

KAIROS Times: November 2016

November 18, 2016

Read the November 2016 issue.

Post filed in: KAIROS Times E-Newsletter

Murder of young assistant from Guatemalan environmental organization is evidence of escalating risk to human rights defenders

November 16, 2016

Please respond to news of this horrible crime by taking action here . Also, any donations received by the Mining Injustice Solidarity Network this week, will be sent to Jeremy’s family. Please contact: Lisa Rankin, Maritimes-Guatemala Breaking the Silence Network, btscoordinator@gmail.com. North American organizations…

Post filed in: Media Releases

Celebrating women defenders of nature in Ecuador

November 16, 2016

From October 14 to 23, Rachel Warden, Latin America Partnerships and Gender Justice coordinator, traveled to Ecuador to celebrate the 30th anniversary of Accion Ecologica, KAIROS’ long time partner, and to participate in the Latin America Network of Women Defenders’ fourth…

Post filed in: Gender Justice, Latin America

Spirited Reflection: Citizens in God’s commonwealth

November 16, 2016

When an alien resides with you in your land, you shall not oppress the alien.  The alien who resides with you shall be to you as the citizen among you; you shall love the alien as yourself, for you were…

Post filed in: Spirited Reflections

Women’s critical role in peace building remains strong and visible in Colombia

November 16, 2016

The day after my arrival in Colombia I was travelling on the Magdalena Medio river in a small ferry with Gloria Amparo, coordinator of the Popular Feminist Organization (OFP),  to visit women’s centres (casas de Mujeres) in Puerte Wilches and…

Post filed in: Gender Justice, Latin America

Faith leaders offer support to Canadian delegation at COP22

November 16, 2016

Assurance of prayers and support for the Canadian participants in the 22nd session of the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP22) Marrakech, Nov 7-18, 2016

Post filed in: Ecological Justice

NO MORE! END violence against women now! NO MAS!

November 14, 2016

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…

Post filed in: Gender Justice, Latin America

Événement public à Montréal sur les résistances des femmes face à la violence et à l’extractivisme, 29 novembre

November 11, 2016

  (Ottawa, ON) – Les résistances des femmes vivant sur des territoires violentés par des mégaprojets extractifs et la violence à laquelle elles font face seront les thèmes du panel « Territoires violentés. Femmes en luttes » le 29 novembre à Montréal…

Post filed in: En français, Gender Justice, Media Releases

Ottawa event on missing murdered Indigenous women and girls features Colombian peace builder, December 1

November 11, 2016

(Ottawa, ON) – The root causes of violence against women in Canada and Colombia, and how to stop it, will be the focus of No Mas! End Violence Against Women Now – a panel discussion sponsored by KAIROS Canada on…

Post filed in: Gender Justice, Media Releases

Tell the federal government a new law is needed to protect Canadians’ free speech 

November 11, 2016

For decades, Canadian charities have given voice to the concerns of Canadians who want social change, better health and a clean and safe environment. From laws banning smoking in public places, to the creation of anti-drinking and driving laws and…

Post filed in: Executive Director

Fish, not oil – Oilwatch Africa Annual General Assembly 2016 

November 11, 2016

The Oilwatch Africa network resists the negative impacts of the oil and gas industry, builds solidarity among the peoples of the Global South, and supports national and regional organizations to act at the local level and collaborate at the international…

Post filed in: Ecological Justice

Winds of Change campaign update: 1,700 signatures presented in the Nova Scotia House of Assembly 

November 11, 2016

Photo caption: Linda Scherzinger, KAIROS Halifax, delivers 1700 signatures to Gary Burrill, Leader of the Nova Scotia NDP prior to presentation in the House of Assembly. The voices of 1,700 Nova Scotians who signed the Nova Scotia KAIROS Petition supporting TRC…

Post filed in: Indigenous Rights

Toronto event on missing murdered Indigenous women and girls features Colombian peace builder, November 25 

November 10, 2016

(Toronto, ON) – The root causes of violence against women in Canada and Colombia, and how to stop it, will be the focus of No Mas! End Violence Against Women Now – a panel discussion in Toronto sponsored by KAIROS…

Post filed in: Gender Justice, Media Releases

Spirited Reflection: Feast of Christ the King, from South Sudan

November 9, 2016

Last Sunday in the Season of Jesus’ Teaching and Healing Ministry (Also called ‘Ordinary Time’) This sounds like a triumphant feast. But it isn’t. At least not in the gospel and in the lives of people in this war-torn country…

Post filed in: Africa, Spirited Reflections

Canada needs an Ombudsperson: Take ACTION for mining justice

November 7, 2016

KAIROS is campaigning to make Canada a global leader in corporate accountability. Now, we are on the cusp of a major breakthrough. And this is where you come in! On November 2, KAIROS and our partners in the Canadian Network…

Post filed in: Ecological Justice

Gaza calls: Canada answers on November 26, 2016

November 7, 2016

Gaza Calls: Canada Answers is a live video-conference that will be available in up to 20 locations across Canada on November 26. This initiative is sponsored by some KAIROS member churches, and regional KAIROS committees have helped organize some of…

Post filed in: Middle East

Stand with Standing Rock, pray with Standing Rock on November 3, 2016

November 2, 2016

Many eyes are fixed on Standing Rock, North Dakota and the proposed construction of the Dakota Access pipeline, an oil pipeline that would run beside the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation and cross the Missouri River, the main source of drinking…

Post filed in: Indigenous Rights