Archive for December 2021

Thank you for supporting KAIROS in 2021

December 27, 2021

KAIROS is blessed with so many inspiring grassroots partners in Canada and globally who are doing incredible work thanks to faithful supporters like you. Every day KAIROS works for Indigenous rights, migrant rights, ecological sustainability, gender justice, human rights, and…

Post filed in: Executive Director

KAIROS honours the life and work of Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu

December 26, 2021

“If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor. When we see others as the enemy, we risk becoming what we hate. When we oppress others, we end up oppressing ourselves. All of…

Post filed in: Africa

Migrant food providers thanked through gratitude dinners

December 22, 2021

As the end of the year draws near, organizations in Ontario held dinners to show support and gratitude to the temporary foreign workers who play a vital role during the harvest season. As the migrant workers prepared to head home…

Post filed in: Migrant Justice

20 years of kairos moments for migrant justice #KAIROS20

December 21, 2021

I started working for KAIROS in November 1997 when it wasn’t yet called KAIROS. I was employed by the Inter-Church Action for Development, Relief and Justice (ICA), which served as the ecumenical funding arm of the churches and was one of the ten ecumenical organizations that became KAIROS in 2001.  I served as…

Post filed in: #KAIROS20 Anniversary, Migrant Justice

Letter to the Editor: The Canadian Energy Regulator’s outlook for a net-zero 2050 is alarming

December 16, 2021

Beth Lorimer is the KAIROS Ecological Justice Program Coordinator, and their letter to the editor was published in The Globe and Mail today: “The level of oil and gas production in the Canadian Energy Regulator’s outlook for a net-zero 2050…

Post filed in: Ecological Justice

Call on the International Criminal Court to resume investigation in the Philippines

December 13, 2021

KAIROS and member churches and church organizations have sent an open letter to the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court, calling on him to re-open the investigation for crimes against humanity committed under the auspices of the War on Drugs in the Philippines.   Such an investigation is needed to…

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

Women’s rights organizations deliver change globally #16DaysOfActivism

December 13, 2021

Women’s rights organizations across the globe commemorated the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence with campaigns, events, activities, and mobilizations. Whether virtually or through in-person actions, the Women of Courage: Women, Peace and Security partner organizations drew attention to not only the daily and structural forms of violence but…

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

KAIROS launches Women of Courage podcast

December 10, 2021

Today, we are extremely proud to launch a new audio podcast, Women of Courage. This podcast series will provide an additional effective and accessible platform to highlight the voices and work of partners – women-led human rights organizations, women peacebuilders, land defenders and environmental activists, in discussions of current and…

Post filed in: Gender Justice/Women of Courage

Grassroots women’s informal peace efforts in South Sudan #16StoriesofCourage

December 9, 2021

Although religion and faith are important parts of the daily lives of much of the world’s population, their links with the Women, Peace and Security (WPS) agenda are not often discussed, particularly in terms of opportunities.   In South Sudan, the South Sudan Council of Churches’ National Women’s Programme (NWP) is bringing…

Post filed in: Gender Justice/Women of Courage

Women community leaders #16StoriesofCourage

December 8, 2021

| en español | Local, grassroots women human rights defenders are community leaders whose work towards collective empowerment leaves a lasting legacy.   “I have been part of the Organización Femenina Popular (OFP) for 23 years. My life in the OFP has been an example of…

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

Climate change’s assault on ecosystems is violence against women

December 7, 2021

To be truly feminist, Canada must fully consult women — particularly land and water defenders — to lay the groundwork for community-driven and inclusive clean energy economies, writes Jane Thirikwa with @kairoscanada. #16StoriesofCourage

Post filed in: Ecological Justice, Gender Justice/Women of Courage, Op Eds & Rabble

Engaging men and boys to end violence against women #16StoriesofCourage

December 7, 2021

Patriarchy and the dominant, harmful expressions of masculinity link to all forms of violence against women and other marginalized groups.   Incorporating men and boys into the work to end Violence Against Women is essential to examining root causes and creating a safer, more…

Post filed in: Gender Justice/Women of Courage

Gendered impacts of resource extraction #16StoriesofCourage

December 6, 2021

| en español | The negative impacts of large-scale resource extraction materialize in the form of violence against the land and also against women. In Intag, Ecuador, communities came together in defense of the land and water and passed a municipal ordinance declaring the…

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

Enhancing socio-economic conditions for women in the West Bank through agriculture #16StoriesofCourage

December 5, 2021

The agricultural sector is the cornerstone of Palestinian economic development; however, it has not been able to play its strategic role because of the dispossession of land and the denial of access for farmers to agricultural areas, water resources, domestic and external markets.  …

Post filed in: Gender Justice/Women of Courage

Ancestral knowledge and reciprocal relationships with the land #16StoriesofCourage

December 4, 2021

To safeguard Mother Earth from extractive violence, Indigenous women land protectors are guided by ancestral knowledge and Indigenous understandings of the importance of reciprocal relationship with human and non-human entities.   “I know I was guided to be here and protect…

Post filed in: Gender Justice/Women of Courage

Voices at risk – women human rights defenders #16StoriesofCourage

December 3, 2021

Women human rights defenders and peace activists are being criminalized, attacked and murdered in the Philippines in the government’s “war on terror” which has become a war against its own people. In August, Zara Alvarez, a well-known human rights defender…

Post filed in: Gender Justice/Women of Courage

KAIROS Times: December 2021

December 2, 2021

Post filed in: KAIROS Times E-Newsletter

Statement on the violent removal of Indigenous land defenders by the RCMP

December 2, 2021

Promises of reconciliation are empty when the RCMP continues to arrest Indigenous people on their own land.  KAIROS Canada joined members of Climate Action Network – Canada (CAN-Rac) to call on federal ministers Marco Mendicino and Marc Miller and BC…

Post filed in: Ecological Justice, Indigenous Rights

Women’s inheritance and land rights #16StoriesofCourage

December 2, 2021

| en français | Across the global South, rural women suffer widespread gender-based discrimination in laws, customs and practices that cause severe inequalities in their ability to access, control, own and use land and limit their participation in decision-making at…

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

Opportunities and highlights from the Regional Gatherings

December 1, 2021

The three KAIROS regional gatherings – Great Lakes-St. Lawrence, Prairies North, and Atlantic – that happened in November were opportunities to share how the KAIROS network is learning and acting for justice, particularly for reconciliation. You may also be interested in reading Reflections on the Regional Gatherings….

Post filed in: Indigenous Rights, Regional News

Finding your roots in the Treaties: Reflections on the Regional Gatherings

December 1, 2021

The deeper we are connected to our ancestral roots, [the more we find] we are all in the same place because we have all been taught, no matter where we are at or where we come from on this planet, we are being taught…

Post filed in: Indigenous Rights, Regional News

KAIROS denounces the harassment by armed actors against the OFP

December 1, 2021

In the midst of the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence, the Organización Femenina Popular (OFP), a KAIROS women, peace, and security partner, reports that OFP members as well as the Women’s Centre in the municipality of San Pablo are being harassed through stalking by armed actors.   Harassment,…

Post filed in: Gender Justice/Women of Courage

Women, consent, and community consultations #16StoriesofCourage

December 1, 2021

| en español | Indigenous women must be central to decision-making spaces, such as community consultations on potential extractive projects in their territories. In Guatemala, Maya women mobilize their communities in community-wide referendums guided by Indigenous governance.   Community consultations are…

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