Africa

KAIROS partner, South Sudan Council of Churches responds to latest peace plan in South Sudan

October 22, 2018

As a Church, we believe that peace is not something on paper. Peace is a practical reality on  the ground.” This time the peace agreement must not be allowed to fail. This time they will hammer their swords into plowshares…

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Héritiers de la Justice collaboration with 2018 Nobel Peace Prize co-laureate Dr. Dénis Mukwege 

October 12, 2018

Photo: Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Dr. Dénis Mukwege congratulated by local civil society partners October 6, 2018 at Panzi Hospital in Bukavu, Democratic Republic of the Congo including Neema Lubala, sixth from right, and Chantal Bilulu from KAIROS partner Héritiers…

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NEW VIDEO! Women Building Peace in South Sudan: Agnes Wasuk Petia and Awak Deng

March 15, 2018

This International Women’s Day, we honoured and celebrated two women of courage: Agnes Wasuk Petia and Awak Deng from the National Women’s Programme of the South Sudan Council of Churches (SSCC), a KAIROS partner. The following 5 minute video, Women…

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Politically Speaking: South Sudan and the Campaign Against Gender-Based Violence

December 19, 2017

Join Dave Szollosy for an indepth conversation on gender-based violence with Jim Davis, Africa Partnership Coordinator and a Youth Coordinator with the National Women’s Program of the South Sudan Council of Churches. Watch the interview.

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South Sudanese women spread plea for peace

December 18, 2017

Awak Hussein Deng, youth coordinator for the South Sudan Council of Churches, and Agnes Wasuk Petia, coordinator of the Council’s National Women’s Program, on Parliament Hill December 7, 2017. Photo by Deborah Gyapong. OTTAWA – If there’s one message two women leaders…

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South Sudanese church representatives call on Canada for policy and financial support

December 13, 2017

Photo: Agnes Wasuk Petia (left) and Awak Peng (right) are calling on the Canadian government to increase overseas development assistance. Photo: Joelle Kidd Written by Joelle Kidd. Originally published in the Anglican Journal on December 13, 2017 Two co-ordinators of…

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Support women peace-builders on International Human Rights Day

December 8, 2017

“The role of women in peace-making in South Sudan is crucial.” These are the words of Agnes Wasuk Petia, reflecting on the conflict in South Sudan that she has lived through for much of her life. Agnes and Awak Deng,…

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‘Be the spark’: South Sudanese women call on Canada for help

December 5, 2017

“Women are used like tools in war,” but with help they could be peacemakers, says Agnes Wasuk Petia Photo: Agnes Wasuk Petia (right) and Awak Hussein Deng are both involved in national women’s programming for the South Sudan Council of…

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COMMUNIQUÉ de PRESSE: Des femmes leaders du Soudan du Sud appellent le Canada à soutenir les femmes artisanes de la paix

November 22, 2017

Deux représentantes du Conseil des Églises du Soudan du Sud visitent sept villes canadiennes dans le cadre de la tournée No Mas II, du 24 novembre au 10 décembre 2017  (Toronto, Ont.) – Exhorter le gouvernement du Canada à soutenir,…

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MEDIA RELEASE: South Sudan women leaders urge Canada to support women peace builders

November 21, 2017

Two representatives from South Sudan Council of Churches to tour seven Canadian cities during No Mas II tour, November 24 – December 10 (Toronto, ON) – Urging the Canadian government’s political and financial support for grassroots women’s organizations to ensure…

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MEDIA ADVISORY: Women’s grassroots peace building featured at Kitchener-Waterloo events, November 26-27

November 6, 2017

South Sudanese women peace leaders in Canada to address gender-based violence and women’s empowerment as part of KAIROS’ seven-city No Más II tour  (Toronto, ON) – Two South Sudanese women will present a compelling case for Canadian political and financial…

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MEDIA ADVISORY: Women’s grassroots peace building featured at Toronto event, November 24

November 3, 2017

South Sudanese women peace leaders kick off Canadian No Más II tour in Toronto (Toronto, ON) – Two South Sudanese women will present a compelling case for Canadian political and financial support for community-based women’s organizations focused on peace building…

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South Sudan partners tour Canada during No Más II, November 24 – December 10

October 4, 2017

In the September KAIROS Times you were alerted to the No Más II Tour this fall with two South Sudanese women visitors from the South Sudan Council of Churches (SSCC) National Women’s Programme (NWP). The tour will run from November…

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South Sudanese women to share their fight against gender-based violence

September 6, 2017

KAIROS is looking forward to hosting two South Sudanese women in Canada in late fall 2017 to share their fight against gender-based violence (GBV) as part of the No Mas II tour.  The educational tour between November 24 and December…

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Appeal for famine relief in South Sudan

June 21, 2017

News about the impact of long term climate change – exacerbated by human- made famine and often compounded by cholera – in northeast Nigeria, Somalia, South Sudan and Yemen has become increasingly prominent.  In northeast Nigeria and Somalia, the disaffected…

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A call to action regarding human-made famine and conflict in South Sudan

May 3, 2017

South Sudan’s church leaders are calling for the world’s and Canada’s attention and action in the midst of a human-made famine in the conflict-riven, fragile state. While KAIROS members are contributing to humanitarian responses through the ACT Alliance (Action of…

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Q & A with Sr. Mary Ellen Francoeur, ‘living contemplatively in the universe’

April 13, 2017

Sr. Mary Ellen Francoeur lives with intent, focusing on “growing into being more fully human.” After decades doing peace work, seeking truth and reconciliation for Canada’s indigenous people, and in short-term healing work with communities in Rwanda and the Democratic…

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Bracing for violence, praying for justice 

December 21, 2016

DR Congo update – December 21, 2016. The Congolese people are bracing themselves for social unrest and violence after the mandate of President Joseph Kabila expired at midnight on Monday, December 19. Gerard Kwigwasa, the executive secretary of Héritiers de…

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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…

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Letter to Prime Minister Trudeau on the current situation in Democratic Republic of Congo

July 13, 2016

In this letter to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, KAIROS joins four other human rights organizations in calling on the Canadian government to support democracy and human rights in the Democratic Republic of Congo by increasing diplomatic pressure on the Kinshasa government to hold…

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South Sudan Council of Churches condemns the violence in Juba & calls for de-escalation & calm

July 11, 2016

KAIROS is deeply concerned and saddened by the outbreak of violence in Juba, South Sudan, this past week. The following statement from our ecumenical partner, the South Sudan Council of Churches (SSCC), condemning the violence and calling for de-escalation and…

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Easter Hope for South Sudan

March 24, 2016

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Churches gather to support democracy and peace building in Congo

June 16, 2015

Two years ago, Peter Lamont was deeply moved by testimony from Eliza, a rape survivor.  The retired military judge was in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) representing the Presbyterian Church in Canada with the KAIROS’ delegation. Prior to his…

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How Can Canada Help End Sexual Violence in Conflict?

June 10, 2014

On June 11-13, survivors of sexual violence will gather with governments and civil society groups for the first ever Global Summit to End Sexual Violence in Conflict, hosted in London by the UK Government. Over the past year, more than…

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