Gender Justice

Video message from our partners about Global Affairs Canada funding

May 30, 2018

Today we celebrate resilience and solidarity!  We are delighted to announce that the KAIROS proposal to Global Affairs Canada for Women of Courage: Women Peace and Security, a five country, five year project led by grassroots women, has been fully…

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MEDIA RELEASE: KAIROS’ Women of Courage: Women, Peace and Security Program to receive $4.5 million

May 30, 2018

(le français suit) (Toronto, ON) – KAIROS Canada is thrilled to announce a renewed collaboration with the Government of Canada to deliver Women of Courage: Women, Peace and Security in Colombia, the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), the Philippines, South…

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Women Voicing their Resistance to Extractivism

May 9, 2018

“They wanted to silence me, but I told them that it’s about time that I am singing. And I am singing very out loud in my community.”   –Yvonne Sampear, WoMin, South Africa “Nunca nos callaremos. Es por nuestro derecho y…

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KAIROS Partner Delegation Participates in the International Gathering Women Resisting Extractivism in Montreal, April 27-30

April 16, 2018

From April 27 to 30, KAIROS delegates from Canada and the Global South will participate in the International Gathering of Women Resisting Extractivism in Montreal. This gathering will bring together more than 40 land and life defenders from around the…

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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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KAIROS Women of Courage Program: Being a Feminist every day of the year

March 7, 2018

On International Women’s Day everyone is encouraged to be a feminist.  It’s one day of the year where we have the rare opportunity to highlight the women’s movement and the significant achievements of courageous women, as well as current struggles…

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Human rights ombudsperson will bring long-awaited accountability to Canadian mining

February 14, 2018

The government has an opportunity to entrust the ombudsperson with the responsibility to ensure that the rights of women and girls are respected, that resource extraction does not result in increased gender-based violence, and that the unique perspective and concerns…

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Letter to the Editor: Will Canada’s new ombudsperson have the power and funding to make a difference?

January 24, 2018

Published in the Toronto Star on January 24, 2018 Thank you to Jennifer Wells for scrutinizing the recently announced Canadian Ombudsperson for Responsible Enterprise. For years, Kairos and our international partners have called on Canada to hold Canadian companies accountable…

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Letter to the Editor: Canada’s back or Canada first?

January 22, 2018

We could do better on aid, Editorial, Jan. 16 The government’s recently announced Feminist International Assistance Policy could have far-reaching and long-lasting positive impacts for global peace. But — and it’s a big but — the policy’s success will depend…

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Fear’s Gift: The story of a young human rights activist in the Philippines

January 20, 2018

The KAIROS Toronto office finally received this long-anticipated Geez issue. KAIROS’ Connie Sorio shares her harrowing story as a young student and human rights activist in the Philippines, and how fear motivated her to take action. Her article also covers…

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Show Support for Effective Human Rights Ombudsperson Office

January 18, 2018

KAIROS is greatly encouraged by the Honourable Minister of International Trade’s announcement today regarding the creation of a Canadian Ombudsperson for Responsible Business Enterprise.We are cautiously optimistic because it is still unclear if the Ombudsperson will be completely independent at…

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The Agenda with Steve Paikin: Development Through a Feminist Lens

January 3, 2018

Host Steve Paikin interviews Agnes Wasuk and Awak Deng, who visited Canada from South Sudan for the KAIROS No Más II Tour, KAIROS’ Rachel Warden and Plan Canada’s Saadya Hamdani. They discuss the critical role of grassroots women’s organizations in…

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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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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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KAIROS sponsors Guatemalan Hip Hop Artist Rebeca Lane

September 21, 2017

KAIROS is thrilled to sponsor the Mestizo Soul – Identity and Rights Tour with Guatemalan Hip Hop artist Rebeca Lane, organized by Breaking the Silence (BTS) and local committees.   Rebeca Eunice Vargas (Rebeca Lane)  is an acclaimed Feminist, Sociologist, Activist…

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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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Women building peace in Colombia: Isabel Polanco and Organización Femenina Popular

March 7, 2017

This year KAIROS is celebrating International Women’s Day (March 8) with the launch of a video on Isabel Caicedo  Polanco and the work of KAIROS’ partner, the  Organización Femenina Popular (OFP) in Colombia. Isabel Caicedo Polanco is a woman of…

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KAIROS welcomes the Canadian government’s renewed commitment to women peace builders

February 17, 2017

KAIROS welcomes the Canadian government’s response to the report of the Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and International Development (FAAE), which reaffirms the critical role of women and women’s rights organizations in peace building. In tabling the government’s response on…

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Concern for KAIROS Partner Acción Ecológica

December 23, 2016

Acción Ecológica is a well respected partner of KAIROS, in Ecuador.  On December 23, 2016, KAIROS  wrote to the President of Ecuador asking for a halt to a Ministry of the Interior process that would withdraw the legal status of…

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16 women of courage to inspire us during the #16Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence Campaign

December 10, 2016

A different woman of courage will be highlighted on Facebook every day. Please share with your networks.

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Congolese human rights defenders need our support

December 6, 2016

KAIROS asks you to keep the women and men of Congo in your thoughts and prayers in the midst of that country’s ongoing political crisis. The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) is a political tinderbox ready to explode as President…

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Canadian government must support women’s rights organizations in these troubled times

November 30, 2016

More than words is needed to address gender-based violence around the world. In the wake of the U.S. election, when hope seems very dim for those committed to women’s rights and gender justice, we can be inspired by women’s rights…

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Women’s role building peace and ending gender-based violence the focus of Colombian organization’s Canadian tour

November 23, 2016

Organización Femenina Popular, a Colombian grassroots women’s rights organization and KAIROS partner, visits Toronto, Montreal, Quebec City and Ottawa, November 23 – December 4 (Toronto, ON) – Women’s critical role in peace building in Colombia and bearing international witness to…

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Celebrating women defenders of nature in Ecuador

November 16, 2016

From October 14 to 23, Rachel Warden, Latin America Partnerships and Gender Justice coordinator, traveled to Ecuador to celebrate the 30th anniversary of Accion Ecologica, KAIROS’ long time partner, and to participate in the Latin America Network of Women Defenders’ fourth…

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Women’s critical role in peace building remains strong and visible in Colombia

November 16, 2016

The day after my arrival in Colombia I was travelling on the Magdalena Medio river in a small ferry with Gloria Amparo, coordinator of the Popular Feminist Organization (OFP),  to visit women’s centres (casas de Mujeres) in Puerte Wilches and…

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