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You are the light of the world…let your light shine before others…

December 13, 2019

(Matt. 5:14,16) By Andreas Thiel What sort of courageous people did we encounter today? Not an inappropriate question to pose, considering that each day in the West Bank brings us face to face with individuals and groups that yield fresh…

Post filed in: Middle East

International Human Rights Day observed under the shadow of death threats by KAIROS Partners in the Philippines

December 13, 2019

On December 10, 2019 our partners from the National Council of Churches in the Philippines (NCCP) and Karapatan, both co-conveners of the Ecumenical Voice for Human Rights and Peace in the Philippines, led and participated in protests that commemorated the…

Post filed in: Asia-Pacific

A conspiracy with the God of Hope

December 13, 2019

By Jennifer Henry I have rarely seen anything as beautiful as the group of women and children who gathered to meet the KAIROS delegation in Thabra in the West Bank. About thirty women and young children, all so incredibly welcoming…

Post filed in: Executive Director, Middle East, Women of Courage

Not your Grandmothers Pilgrimage!!!

December 12, 2019

By Rosalyn Elm Packed into a tight airplane seat, excitement was building as we woke from our slumber, touching down in Tel Aviv. It was uneventful as we breezed through security and customs, and were greeted by our driver, Nassar….

Post filed in: Middle East, Women of Courage

Spirited Reflection: Celebrating advent, peace and International Human Rights

December 11, 2019

“O Come, o come, Emmanuel – fill the world with heaven’s peace.” These words come from the well-known advent hymn based on the ancient liturgical “O Antiphons.” The scriptures Isaiah 11:1-9, Matthew 3:1-17 support this Advent Peace theme. The reading…

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“Come and See…and Act” KAIROS solidarity delegation visits Palestine and Israel

December 11, 2019

The KAIROS Church Leaders Delegation to Palestine and Israel took place between Nov 17-28, 2019, bringing together 8 delegates – Indigenous persons, settlers, and newcomers – representing 7 members of KAIROS and the Executive Director of KAIROS (link to bios)….

Post filed in: Middle East

What impact will your Christmas donation to KAIROS have?

December 10, 2019

A significant one – today and long into the future! You will help build peace and bring justice to regions of conflict, including the West Bank, by supporting the women who gather regularly with Lucy Talgieh, Women’s Project Coordinator for…

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KAIROS remembers the women killed in Montreal 30 years ago

December 6, 2019

Thirty years ago today, 14 students were killed because they were women. The women, all engineering students at École Polytechnique in Montreal, were separated from their male peers and shot by their killer who vented his rage against feminists in…

Post filed in: Gender Justice

Giving Tuesday – it’s not too late to give!

December 3, 2019

“I was born in war, grew up in war, married in war, became a mother in war, and now am a grandmother in war. When will we experience peace in South Sudan?” These were the words of Agnes Wasuk Petia…

Post filed in: Gender Justice, Women of Courage

Inspiration, synergy and relationships: KAIROS Fall Gatherings

December 2, 2019

Walking Softly! was the title of the NW Ontario and Manitoba Fall Regional Gathering in Winnipeg. There were a host of Indigenous speakers discussing the impacts that colonial policies have had and still have on Indigenous land, food security, and…

Post filed in: Gathering

16 Days of Activism to end Gender-Based violence

November 29, 2019

We will be marking 16 Days of Activism by drawing attention to the inextricable links between violence against women and violence against the land, highlighting eight of the Calls for Justice in “Reclaiming Power and Place.” Each day these messages…

Post filed in: Gender Justice, Women of Courage

Acerca de la X Asamblea de la Red Latinoamericana de Mujeres Defensoras de Derechos Sociales y Ambientales

November 29, 2019

(translation in English below) Guatemala fue sede de la X Asamblea de la Red Latinoamericana de Mujeres Defensoras de Derechos Sociales y Ambientales (13 al 17 de noviembre de 2019) de en la que participaron mujeres y organizaciones de mujeres…

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

Women land and water defenders are the real peacebuilders

November 28, 2019

Large-scale resource extraction often perpetuates violence, even in countries with peace accords. Those who mobilize to protect the land and water to build peace are often women. Such is the case in Guatemala and Colombia, where extractive mega-projects with Canadian…

Post filed in: Gender Justice, Latin America, Op Eds & Rabble

On defending the Indigenous women land defenders

November 26, 2019

A conversation with Dr. Sherry Pictou KAIROS has launched an online hub to connect and help further empower women land and water defenders in Canada and worldwide. Called Mother Earth and Resource Extraction– or MERE Hub, the resource was developed…

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

Hoy 12 Tz´i´ en el calendario maya Día para pedir justicia para las mujeres y la Madre Tierra

November 25, 2019

(Translation in English provided below) Es propicio para pedir justicia para las mujeres, que cese la violencia en su contra. Hoy 25 de noviembre, día en que se conmemora y se recuerda la lucha de las mujeres, como las hermanas…

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

Press Advisory: KAIROS launches online tool for Indigenous women land defenders at Toronto event, November 27

November 25, 2019

(Toronto, ON) – KAIROS Canada presents MERE Hub on November 27 at Ryerson University (Architecture Building – 325 Church Street) between 5:30 and 7:30 p.m. The panel event, featuring Indigenous women land defenders from Guatemala and Colombia, will officially launch…

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

Press Release: Bringing together women land defenders through digital hub

November 25, 2019

KAIROS launches Mother Earth and Resource Extraction, called MERE Hub, at Toronto event MERE Hub (Toronto, ON) – KAIROS Canada is thrilled to launch an online hub to connect and help further empower women land and water defenders in Canada…

Post filed in: Gender Justice, Media Releases, Women of Courage

Spirited Reflection: The Blanket Speech- Leading forward in Reconciliation

November 19, 2019

Janet Gray, hearty dedicated KAIROS collaborator in Victoria, BC, shared the following with us:“I just supported Amber Santarelli,a young Grade 12 First Nation student from Port Alberni, BC, in leading a KAIROS Blanket Exercise (KBE) for her peers and classmates…

Post filed in: Spirited Reflections

In solidarity with organizations and activists in the Philippines

November 18, 2019

KAIROS has signed on to a joint letter from members of the Canadian Council for International Cooperation calling on the government of the Philippines to end the practice of red-tagging against human rights, environmental and humanitarian organisations. We signed this…

Post filed in: Asia-Pacific

Open letter to the Philippines government in support of KAIROS partner

November 8, 2019

On Nov 7, KAIROS learned that our partner, the National Council of Churches in the Philippines (NCCP), was “red-tagged” a practice through which the government of the Philippines has identified its political opponents, organizations and individuals, as supporting the New…

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Praying with our Philippines partners for victims of the Mindanao Earthquakes

November 5, 2019

Between October 29th and the 31st the Davao region of Mindanao was rocked by two strong earthquakes that resulted in a number of deaths and the collapse of many residential and other buildings. The region has already been impacted by…

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In solidarity with the All Eyes on Nestle campaign to ensure access to water

October 31, 2019

KAIROS stands in solidarity with the Wellington Water Watchers who are fighting to protect water as a human right with the All Eyes on Nestle Campaign. We encourage you to write a letter to the Minister of the Environment or…

Post filed in: Ecological Justice

Federal Court of Canada to hear challenge to designation of the U.S. as a safe third country for refugees

October 29, 2019

KAIROS supports the legal challenge against the flawed Safe Third Country Agreement with the United States of America, and would like to call its members, migrant and refugee rights’ advocates to join the rally on November 4th at 12:30 pm…

Post filed in: Migrant Justice

Reflexión: El Amazonas y yo

October 29, 2019

“Regresa ahora al lugar donde Dios te ha dado la responsabilidad. Recuerda la paz y el amor que hemos celebrado. Y no dejen de mostrar a todas las personas la nueva vida que ya está entre nosotros ”. -Bendición, Michael…

Post filed in: Spirited Reflections

Spirited Reflection: Message on the Amazon from Rome

October 28, 2019

“Return now to the place where God has given you responsibility. Remember the peace and love we have celebrated. And do not fail to show, to all people, the new life that is already among us.” Blessing, Michael Ingham, Bishop…

Post filed in: Spirited Reflections