Gender Justice

Closer together with our global partners

March 30, 2020

“Caremongering” is a new word and one we hope becomes part of our lexicon as the world unfolds, we hope, towards the creation of more equitable, just, resilient and sustainable societies here at home and for our global partners.  Yet, the word, “home” is a curious one.   The virus reminds us of many things. One…

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KAIROS Canadá condena la violencia que ha sido exacerbada por COVID-19 en Colombia

March 27, 2020

KAIROS: Iniciativas ecuménicas canadienses por la justicia, que aglutina a diez iglesias y organizaciones religiosas, condena los asesinatos de líderes y lideresas sociales a lo igual que el aumento de la violencia basada en género que han acompañado la propagación de COVID-19 en Colombia.  El 25 de marzo, KAIROS se enteró del feminicidio de una…

Post filed in: Gender Justice, Latin America

KAIROS condemns the violence that has been exacerbated by COVID-19 in Colombia

March 27, 2020

KAIROS: Canadian Ecumenical Justice Initiatives, which unites ten churches and religious organizations, condemns the assassinations of social leaders and the rise in gender-based violence that have accompanied the spread of COVID-19 in Colombia.  On March 25, KAIROS learned about the feminicide of a long-time member of the Organización…

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A peace process undermined: Land defense and the non-repetition of violence in Colombia

March 13, 2020

The non-repetition of violence is a cornerstone of Colombia’s Peace Agreement between the government and the FARC—the former guerilla group (now political party). Recently published reports by the UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights defenders in Colombia…

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Women of Courage partners and International Women’s Week

March 13, 2020

An overview of Women of Courage activities during International Women’s Week. Peruse the photo album at the bottom of this page. EcuVoice – ecumenical voice for peace and human rights in the Philippines dvenkatesan “We are women of faith. Today…

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The OFP commemorates International Women’s Day by highlighting grassroots feminist economies

March 11, 2020

“We are women living in rural and urban areas who are building a grassroots feminist economy.”  For International Women’s Day, the Organización Femenina Popular (OFP) co-organized a week of activities with other local organizations who are part of a network known as the…

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Supporting women’s organizations & movements – a strategic approach to climate action

February 28, 2020

“Women and girls are disproportionately impacted by the climate crisis. They have to be part of the solution.” A strategic approach to climate actionDownload This report was created by the Nobel Women’s Initiative (NWI) and Equality Fund. .

Post filed in: Ecological Justice, Gender Justice

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…

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

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…

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

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…

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

MERE Hub Wants YOU

February 6, 2020

KAIROS is developing the Canadian phase of Mother Earth and Resource Extraction: Women Defending Land and Water (MERE Hub), a digital platform on the gendered impacts of resource extraction. MERE Hub is being created for and in consultation with women land defenders from across the globe who are mobilizing around large-scale resource…

Post filed in: Ecological Justice, Gender Justice

Canadian ecumenical response to attacks on the Lumad evacuees in Mindanao

February 3, 2020

KAIROS joins churches in Canada in signing the following ecumenical statement condemning the attacks against Indigenous Lumad evacuees at the United Church of Christ in the Philippines-Haran (UCCP-Haran) evacuation centre in Davao, Mindanao.   In September 2019 KAIROS staff visited the…

Post filed in: Asia-Pacific, Gender Justice, Indigenous Rights

Recognizing International Women’s Day in prayer

January 31, 2020

Just as we remember Sarah and Hagar, Tamar and Esther, and the stories of their ancient struggles for gender justice, now we remember Gloria Chicaiza, Berta Cáceres, Tina Fountaine and so many more in the ongoing struggles for justice and…

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MERE Hub: Interview on FemRadio with Gabriela Jimenez and Magdalena Ugarte

January 22, 2020

In this week’s feature story at FemRadio, hear Sofia’s exclusive interview with Gabriela Jimenez and Magdalena Ugarte, all about MERE Hub, a new resource for women land defenders around the world.

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Strong medicine for toxic resource extraction

January 15, 2020

The final report of the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls (MMIWG) Inquiry released on June 3 outlines 231 recommendations for addressing the ongoing discrimination and violence targeted against Indigenous women in Canada. The detailed report diagnoses patriarchy and…

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Court ruling of women defenders of nature and peoples against mining

December 18, 2019

Towards the start of the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-based violence, Natalia Atz Sunuc wrote about her experience at the X Assembly of the Latin American Network of Women Defenders of Social and Environmental Rights, which took place in…

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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…

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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

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…

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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…

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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…

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Launching Mother Earth and Resource Extraction: Women Defending Land and Water

October 31, 2019

On November 25, 2019, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, KAIROS will launch the first phase of Mother Earth and Resource Extraction: Women Defending Land and Water. Mother Earth and Resource Extraction (MERE) is a living…

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Priorities for Canada’s 43rd Parliament

October 25, 2019

Canadians have elected a minority government. Collaboration is critical for the survival of Canada’s 43rd Parliament and is urgently needed to appropriately address mounting and systemic issues. Indigenous rights and wellbeing, the climate crisis, migrant justice, and support and protection…

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

Climate crisis requires industrial mobilization on scale not seen since Second World War

September 23, 2019

The climate crisis requires industrial mobilization on a scale not seen since the Second World War. While Canadian governments have moved at snail-like speed to fully address the emergency, in just a few weeks last spring, thousands of Canadians gathered…

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