Archive for April 2021

Solidarity Statement on the occasion of the May 2 Ecumenical Sunday of Lament in the Philippines

April 30, 2021

Respect and Protect God’s Gift of Life and Reject the Prevailing Culture of Violence and Death!  Let us all Pray and Work for a Just and Lasting Peace.  On April 28 and 29, 2021 the Asia Pacific Forum (APF) met in its…

Post filed in: Asia-Pacific, Gender Justice/Women of Courage

Women Resisting Extractivism Film Club | Firewater Thunderbird Rising

April 29, 2021

Join KAIROS’ MERE Hub on Thursday, May 20th at 7:00pm EDT for the fourth installment of its virtual film club on the gendered impacts of resource extraction.   This penultimate session will be hosted by Tasheena Sarazin, an Algonquin artist with roots from Pikwàkanagàn First Nation and Bear Island. Tasheena is a hard-working mother of three children and an active member…

Post filed in: Gender Justice/Women of Courage, Indigenous Rights

Ecumenical call opposing evictions and demolitions of Palestinian homes in East Jerusalem

April 29, 2021

KAIROS joins other Christian denominations, church agencies, ecumenical organizations and networks in  calling on the Canadian government to take action on the recent acceleration in attempts by Israeli settler organizations to forcibly evict and dispossess hundreds of Palestinian families  in the Sheikh Jamal and Silwan neighbourhoods in East Jerusalem.  From Palestinian and Israeli partners, we have learned that fifteen families totaling…

Post filed in: Gender Justice/Women of Courage, Middle East

Online ecumenical meetings to support migrant workers

April 29, 2021

An invitation to all churches and church representatives   More and more migrant farm workers are arriving every day and they need our support this year more than ever. We are all feeling the stress of year 2 of the pandemic…

Post filed in: Migrant Justice, Regional News

The gendered impacts of the mining industry in Brazil

April 29, 2021

The impacts of the mining industry in Brazil are best known by the two major tailing dam bursts that took place in Mariana (2015) and Brumadinho (2019) in the state of Minas Gerais. These human-made disasters took the life of hundreds of people and caused massive environmental destruction. However, well before these breaches, the mining industry had been a source of afflictions and human rights…

Post filed in: Ecological Justice, Gender Justice/Women of Courage, Indigenous Rights, Latin America

KAIROS appoints Aisha Francis as Executive Director

April 23, 2021

en français | en español KAIROS Steering Committee is pleased to announce that Aisha Francis has been appointed as Executive Director of KAIROS effective May 17, 2021.  Aisha is a seasoned professional with twenty-five years of diverse leadership and business experience…

Post filed in: En Español, En français, Executive Director

Time to rethink the model: distinctions-based framework is colonial, sexist, and simply doesn’t work

April 22, 2021

Invite us to the table. End the discrimination. And respectfully use a distinction-based approach when it is needed. Not as a blanket approach to exclude women and gender diverse people or other relevant stakeholders. The federal government likes to say…

Post filed in: Gender Justice/Women of Courage, Indigenous Rights

KAIROS responds to federal plan to grant permanent residency to temporary foreign workers

April 21, 2021

The federal government’s plan to grant permanent residency to more than 90,000 temporary foreign workers and graduated international students is long-awaited welcome news. This move will help safeguard the safety and security of migrant workers who are invaluable to Canada, especially during the pandemic.    Unfortunately, because the plan applies only to individuals with valid work permits, it means thousands of undocumented workers are in…

Post filed in: Migrant Justice

Gender-based violence in Colombia, from the utopia of norms to reality #CSW65

April 20, 2021

Among the many conclusions at the UN Commission on the Status of Women as well as figures and statistics—concrete data and real cases—on the global increase of gender-based violence experienced in the last year due to the pandemic, the specific case of Colombia continues to astonish. In Colombia femicides have increased by 175% compared to last year, with a total of 630 femicides during 2020.  Despite this reality, there is…

Post filed in: Gender Justice/Women of Courage, Latin America

Letter to the Editor: Ottawa to grant residency to 90,000 workers, students

April 19, 2021

Published in The Globe and Mail on April 19, 2021. Re: Ottawa To Grant Residency To 90,000 Workers, Students The federal government’s plan to grant permanent residency to more than 90,000 temporary foreign workers and graduated international students is long-awaited welcome…

Post filed in: Migrant Justice

First climate change lawsuit in Ecuador

April 19, 2021

La versión en español de este blog sigue a continuación.  The following is a summary and update from Ivonne Yánez of Acción Ecológica (Ecuador) on the status of the first climate change lawsuit to be heard in Ecuador. Acción Ecológica is a KAIROS global partner.   Acción Ecológica, together with the Union of People Affected by Texaco (UDAPT),…

Post filed in: Ecological Justice, En Español, Gender Justice/Women of Courage, Indigenous Rights, Latin America

Earth Week 2021

April 18, 2021

The theme of Earth Day this year is Restore Our Earth.  The COVID-19 pandemic and climate change have painfully reminded us about the impacts of human behaviour that break down natural systems and threaten the lives of so many species, including humans. …

Post filed in: Ecological Justice

IPMSDL hosts third Women Resisting Extractivism Film Night

April 13, 2021

KAIROS would like to thank the international Indigenous Peoples Movement for Self-Determination & Liberation (IPMSDL) for hosting the April Session of the Women Resisting Extractivism Film Club.  Over seventy people joined the evening to watch the documentaries Ground Zero and Imaset, which were introduced by Beverly Longid through video. And listen…

Post filed in: Ecological Justice, Gender Justice/Women of Courage, Indigenous Rights

Canadian organizations ask government to publicly condemn violence against Indigenous land defenders in Guatemala

April 9, 2021

Mining Watch Canada On March 30th, 2021, MiningWatch Canada, along with 26 other Canadian organizations, sent a letter to Marc Garneau, Minister of Foreign Affairs, and Mary Ng, Minister of Small Business, Export Promotion and International Trade, asking them to…

Post filed in: Latin America

Extraction, cooptation are not feminist policies #CSW65

April 8, 2021

en français | en español From Zoom link to livestream, across multiple corners of the Earth, and very much in spite of digital inequities, people came together for the 65th session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW65). The COVID-19 pandemic prompted the United Nations and other organizing entities to undertake…

Post filed in: En Español, En français, Gender Justice/Women of Courage

The pandemic will not hinder us from uniting as women #CSW65

April 6, 2021

en français | en español I was honored to attend the CSW65 from March 15-26, 2021 as part of the KAIROS’ delegation and through the generous accommodation of ACT Alliance.   The pandemic may have hindered women from gathering physically but, through technology, participants including here in the Philippines were able to experience New York for two weeks. Indeed, not…

Post filed in: En Español, En français, Gender Justice/Women of Courage