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…

April 20, 2021 — 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…

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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, 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. …

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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…

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Extraction, cooptation are not feminist policies #CSW65

April 8, 2021

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 a mostly virtual…

Post filed in: Gender Justice/Women of Courage

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

April 6, 2021

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 even a pandemic can…

Post filed in: Gender Justice/Women of Courage

Spirited Reflection: A great number of people followed him . . . crowds who had gathered there

March 31, 2021

Large numbers of people, bodies crowded together in one place, along the side of a road, or on top of a hill . . . these images fill me with unease in the Easter season of 2021—a year after a…

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Héritiers de la Justice in DR Congo overcame language challenges to engage virtually in #CSW65

March 30, 2021

KAIROS partner in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DR Congo), Héritiers de la Justice (HJ) participated in workshops during the virtual United Nation’s Commission on the Status of Women Session 65, March 15 to 26, 2021 (CSW65) based on a number of themes related to increasing capacity for programming within the framework of the Women, Peace and Security project.  HJ focused on: women’s leadership;…

Post filed in: Gender Justice/Women of Courage

Thank you to outgoing regional representative Ellen Wood

March 29, 2021

A special thank you from all of us at KAIROS goes out to Ellen Wood for her dedication as the Northwestern Ontario and Manitoba (NWOM) KAIROS regional representative from 2017-2021. Volunteer regional representatives are often the face of KAIROS. Whether…

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New decolonization resource: Listening to Indigenous Voices

March 29, 2021

A new resource from the Jesuit Forum for Social Faith and Justice that seeks to stimulate dialogue and action in favour of justice and decolonization will be available in April in both English and French. Listening to Indigenous Voices: A Dialogue Guide on…

Post filed in: Indigenous Rights

Women Resisting Extractivism Film Club | “Ground Zero”

March 29, 2021

Join KAIROS’ MERE Hub on Monday, April 12th at 8:00pm EDT (8:00am Tuesday, April 13 in the Philippines) for the third installment of its virtual film club on the gendered impacts of resource extraction.   This third session will be hosted by Beverly Longid of international Indigenous Peoples Movement for Self-Determination & Liberation (IPMSDL). IPMSDL have chosen the documentary “Ground Zero.” The…

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

I am not alone #CSW65

March 29, 2021

Greetings from Bethlehem. I would like to thank KAIROS for providing the opportunity for me to participate in the sixty-fifth Commission on Status of Women (CSW65) for the first time. I am Minerva Q. Jarayseh, a lecturer in the social science department at the University of Bethlehem, women’s advocate and family counselor.  There were many interesting and relevant topics with great panelists outlined in the heavily packed programmes. It was rather unfortunate that…

Post filed in: Gender Justice/Women of Courage

BC-Yukon regional update

March 24, 2021

During this season of Lent 2021, there is lots of faith-full action happening!   Wednesdays from February 3 to March 3: A 5-session book club series on Braided Sweetgrass by Robin Wall Kimmerer led by Susan Draper and Janet Gray (Victoria).   KAIROS BC-Yukon and some subregional engagement in the newly formed BC…

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À propos du premier rapport d’Investigate PH

March 24, 2021

La Coalition Internationale d’organisations civiles, politiques et juridiques (Investigate PH) qui a enquêté sur les violations des droits humains aux Philippines a finalement complété son premier rapport et l’a rendu public lors d’une cérémonie officielle tenue le 16 mars 2021.  Ce rapport a dévoilé non seulement l’existence des cas…

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

Investigate PH releases searing report to the UN on political repression in the Philippines

March 24, 2021

In its first report, released on March 16, Investigate PH warns of intensified political repression in the Philippines since the summer, fueled by the recently enacted Anti-Terrorism Act, and the brutal implementation of a National Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict.  The report, which is the first in a series that will be submitted to the UN Human Rights Council 48th Session in September…

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

Open letter calls on the Canadian government to speak out against killings in the Philippines

March 23, 2021

KAIROS was among sixty-five organizations in Canada (including churches, trade unions and Filipino associations) that sent an open letter to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau calling on him to publicly condemn the killings of human rights defenders in the Philippines.    The letter responds to a series of military operations that took place during the weekend of March 4-7, 2021 in which 9 labour and Indigenous…

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

The global gender inequality pandemic highlighted at the #CSW65

March 22, 2021

In the first of the two week of meetings that I have participated in at the CSW65 on March 15-26, 2021, similar issues have been raised by women from around the world and these have been numerous – the impacts of COVID-19 on women and the ensuing vaccine inequity, the alarming…

Post filed in: Gender Justice/Women of Courage

World Water Day 2021 – Valuing Water

March 19, 2021

The theme of World Water Day 2021 is valuing water.  In naming this theme, the UN affirmed that “water has enormous and complex value for our households, food, culture, health, education, economics and the integrity of our natural environment.” Water has inherent value in…

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Being a part of history #CSW65

March 19, 2021

I am Lucy Talgieh, the Women Coordinator at Wi’am: Palestinian Conflict Transformation Center in Bethlehem, Palestine. I am currently participating in the online 65th UN Commission on the Status of Women (UNCSW65). It was always my dream to take part in the CSW’s meetings….

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For such a time as this… SHE DARES! #CSW65

March 18, 2021

When women who know themselves begin to speak, there is no doubt that their presence fills the room.  Even over the internet, a “breath of life” connects the body gathered, as these rooted women ignite passion. Their narratives come from…

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KAIROS and partners at the UN Commission on Status of Women, March 15-26

March 17, 2021

CSW65 blog series A delegation of 20, comprised of KAIROS Women of Courage partners from Colombia, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Israel/Palestine, the Philippines and South Sudan and KAIROS partnership staff, is currently participating in the online UN Commission on Status of Women (UNCSW65).  The annual…

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Stories of Courage, Stories of Change: Women peacebuilders as frontline workers

March 16, 2021

The first blog coming from KAIROS delegates to the 65th session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW65).

Post filed in: Gender Justice/Women of Courage

People before patents, open letter to PM on vaccine equity

March 11, 2021

KAIROS joined 40 civil society organizations in Canada including churches, unions, human rights groups and health organizations in signing an open letter to the Prime Minister calling for greater action from the Canadian government on vaccine equity.  The letter calls on Canada to endorse a proposal at the World Trade…

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Call to the Canadian government to take action on vaccine equity

March 11, 2021

A year into the global COVID-19 pandemic, it’s time to “use every tool” to ensure that people world-wide have access to vaccines, argues the head of the World Health Organization (WTO).  KAIROS has written to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to encourage greater efforts toward fair global access to COVID vaccines. The…

Post filed in: Gender Justice/Women of Courage, Migrant Justice