Africa

Standing with partners on the International Day of Peace

September 21, 2021

The United Nations International Day of Peace (IPD), celebrated on September 21, is devoted to strengthening the ideals of peace, both within and among all nations and peoples. The 2021 theme is “recovering better for an equitable and sustainable world”. …

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

Tour of the coltan mines, DR Congo in 2013 #KAIROS20

August 18, 2021

In our time, can we still do without a laptop? Who isn’t tempted by the latest MP5 player or a new digital camera? These electronic devices are and will always be an integral part of our daily lives. But do…

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Témoignage en RD Congo : Tour dans les mines de coltan en 2013 #KAIROS20

August 18, 2021

À notre époque, peut-on encore se passer d’ordinateur portable? Qui n’est pas tenté par le dernier lecteur MP5 ou une nouvelle caméra digitale? Ces appareils électroniques font et feront toujours partie intégrante de notre quotidien. Mais savons-nous ce qui se…

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Empowerment of women and girls in the DR Congo #KAIROS20

August 3, 2021

My sincere thanks to KAIROS who supported my trip to Canada to participate in the 2019 International Human Rights Training Program held in Montreal and the Women Deliver Conference in Vancouver, in June 2019.  Left to right: Rachel Warden and Néné Lubala.Left to right: Dayna the translator and Néné Lubala. With the support of KAIROS Canada, 8 women members of SALVIS…

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L’autonomisation des femmes et jeunes filles en République du Congo #KAIROS20

August 3, 2021

Mes sincères remerciements à KAIROS qui a supporté mon voyage au Canada pour participer au Programme International de Formation aux Droits humains 2019 tenue à Montréal et à cette occasion passer un bon moment avec Rachel Warden en vue de participer à Women Deliver Conference tenue à Vancouver en juin 2019.  De gauche à…

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World Student Christian Federation – Africa partnership #KAIROS20

July 28, 2021

I had the opportunity to work with KAIROS and more directly with 3 Staff – John Mihvec (late), John Dillon (late) and Jim Davis. All very instrumental in supporting voices from the “South” on critical issues concerning our lives and perspectives. Which…

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KAIROS and partners mark the 10th anniversary of South Sudan: the world’s youngest country

July 8, 2021

Friday, July 9th marks the 10th anniversary of South Sudan, the world’s newest country.   Despite some progress towards peace and reconciliation, particularly since the signing of the latest iteration of the peace agreement, the Revitalized Agreement on the Resolution of the Conflict in the Republic of…

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183 organizations call on Canadian officials to hold ReconAfrica accountable for massive oil and gas plans near Okavango Delta

June 4, 2021

Today, 183 community and non-governmental organizations from around the world urged Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, the Ministers of Global Affairs Canada (Marc Garneau, Mary Ng, and Karina Gould), and other Canadian officials to investigate and take action regarding the plans…

Post filed in: Africa, Ecological Justice

Oil drilling in the Kavango Basin

May 28, 2021

ReconAfrica (Reconnaissance Energy Africa), a Canadian company, has secured petroleum licenses for 3,542 hectares of land in Namibia and Botswana, upstream from the Okavango Delta, an area of rich and unique biodiversity that has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage site. This…

Post filed in: Africa, Ecological Justice

An urgent call for peace and justice in the Democratic Republic of Congo

January 20, 2021

In response to growing impunity, unrest, and violence in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and concerns raised by our partner, Héritiers de la Justice and other members of Congolese civil society, KAIROS wrote a letter to the Minister of Foreign Affairs urging the Canadian government to reinforce the international community and civil…

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Ecological devastation of the Niger Delta by oil extraction should be a concern to the whole world

September 23, 2020

Given the onset of nearly irreversible climate change, the irony is that many areas of the Global South where people have contributed substantially less to greenhouse gas emissions are comparatively more impacted. This inequality is linked to environmental racism and…

Post filed in: Africa, Ecological Justice

On International Day of Peace, KAIROS joins network in calling for Peace in South Sudan

September 21, 2020

KAIROS joins members of the Ecumenical Network South Sudan (ENSS) and partners of the South Sudan Council of Churches (SSCC) in calling international attention to the urgent need for peace in South Sudan. The ENSS has released a statement on the International Day of Peace, September 21st which describes the humanitarian crisis in South Sudan and…

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KAIROS African partners respond to the COVID-19 Pandemic

May 6, 2020

In order to avoid the spread of virus COVID-19, “We must also be particularly aware exactly what we normally do, is what we should not do now, if we want to protect life.” A quote from the Pastoral Message from the South Sudan Council of…

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Women peacebuilders respond to COVID-19

May 6, 2020

Advising remote communities on how to protect themselves from COVID-19 and assisting women who are experiencing an increase in gender-based and domestic violence are a few of the ways that KAIROS’ Women of Courage: Women, Peace and Security partners are responding to the…

Post filed in: Africa, Asia-Pacific, Gender Justice/Women of Courage, Latin America, Middle East

The Alternative Mining Indaba: A cautionary tale of constructive engagement

February 28, 2020

While in Africa for partnership visits, I took the opportunity to travel to South Africa to participate in the Alternative Mining Indaba in Cape Town and meet with WoMin African Alliance in early February. “Indaba” is a Zulu and Xhosa…

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Ecumenical Network South Sudan and the value of persistent, patient advocacy

February 28, 2020

Concerned about a lack of global interest in the welfare of South Sudan, which for years has been mired in a brutal civil war, the Ecumenical Network South Sudan (ENSS)’s annual gathering focused on enhancing international advocacy and the role…

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A women’s income generating collective in eastern DR Congo

February 28, 2020

A small collective of women is in the process of cultivating new hillside fields and planting sorghum and sweet potatoes for harvesting in June in Nayatende, South Kivu province in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).  They have plans to…

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Nairobi workshop helps break down onerous reporting barriers for Women, Peace and Security African partners

September 23, 2019

Staff of the South Sudan Council of Churches (SSCC) and Héritiers de la Justice (HJ) in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), two of the five KAIROS Women of Courage: Women, Peace and Security partners, met in Nairobi, Kenya…

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A story of results by KAIROS partner Héritiers de la Justice: Gender equity in Inheritance

July 16, 2019

During a recent partner visit to Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Jim Davis, Africa Partnership Coordinator,  was asked by Chantal Bilulu, Women and Children’s program coordinator of KAIROS partner  Héritiers  de la Justice, to share the following story of impact….

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KAIROS partner in BC: Néné Lubalal highlights the need to empower women peacebuilders

June 18, 2019

KAIROS partner Néné Lubala from Heritiers de la Justice in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and Rachel Warden KAIROS, partnership manager, met with members of the local KAIROS committee while in Vancouver for the Women Deliver Conference. Néné…

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KAIROS members are responding to powerful Cyclone Idai in southern Africa

March 21, 2019

The powerful winds and heavy rainfall of Cyclone Idai have recently hit southern Africa, killing hundreds and injuring and displacing thousands more in Mozambique, Zimbabwe and Malawi. Housing as well critical transportation, power and communication infrastructure have been damaged, disproportionately…

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Transparently opaque rigged DR Congo presidential election

February 1, 2019

The long-awaited presidential election that took place in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DR Congo) on December 30, 2018 was mired in inconsistencies, contentiousness and deception. Congolese civil society, including KAIROS partner, Héritiers of Justice (HJ, Heirs of Justice)…

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Feminist Foreign Aid: Women peace builders are worth the investment

January 16, 2019

Peace-building sounds lofty and is often seen as the responsibility of world leaders and armed actors, but quite often it is manifested in the tireless work of women and male allies in communities caught in a conflict’s cross-fire. Héritiers de…

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Les femmes qui construisent la paix valent l’investissement

December 20, 2018

La consolidation de la paix a l’air noble et est souvent perçue comme relevant de la responsabilité des dirigeants mondiaux et des acteurs armés. Elle se manifeste aussi assez souvent dans le travail inlassable des femmes et de leurs alliés…

Post filed in: Africa, En français, Gender Justice/Women of Courage, Op Eds & Rabble

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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