Gender Justice/Women of Courage

#ICantBreathe and Environmental Racism in Ecuador

September 23, 2020

The death of George Floyd in the US has once again demonstrated that racism plays a prominent role in the dominant system and that its violence and cruelty can reach unimaginable limits. The incident quickly led to a wave of…

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

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…

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

KAIROS condemns surge in violence and massacres in Colombia

September 16, 2020

KAIROS joins several civil society organizations in Canada including human rights, labour, and church groups in supporting the Committee for Human Rights in Latin America’s (CDHAL) solidarity statement published earlier this week condemning the surge in violence and the massacres that have swept both urban and rural regions of Colombia in recent weeks.   The intensification of violence in…

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

Where is the support for the women defending land and water, Canada?

August 25, 2020

This op-ed by Gabriela Jiménez, KAIROS’ Latin American Partnerships Coordinator was published in Canada’s National Observer on August 23, 2020.  Canadians care about the environment. Multiple polls found that the climate crisis was one of the top issues of the…

Post filed in: Ecological Justice, Gender Justice/Women of Courage, Latin America

Continued action needed to end attacks against human rights defenders in the Philippines with killing of Zara Alvarez

August 24, 2020

Zara Alvarez, a brave, well-known human rights defender who worked with a member organization of KAIROS partner Ecumenical Voice for Human Rights and Peace in the Philippines (EcuVoice), was fatally shot in Bacolod City on the Negros Island on August…

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

My journey at KAIROS and the MERE Hub: A Humber College summer intern

August 14, 2020

My journey began back in March when I was able to listen to a riveting presentation about the Wet’suwet’en people, free, prior, and informed Consent, and the gendered impacts of resource extraction from KAIROS staff in one of my classes. While I had been studying…

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Help us reach 4,000 e-petition signatures by September 1st in support of corporate accountability

August 12, 2020

There is less than a month left to sign the e-petition to the House of Commons calling for corporate accountability of Canadian companies operating abroad.   More than two and half years after announcing the creation of the Office of the Canadian Ombudsperson for Responsible Business…

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

“Territorial Feminisms and Diverse Ecologies”: A series of virtual gatherings on women and land defense

August 6, 2020

The Latin American Network of Women Defenders of Social and Environmental Rights, a KAIROS partner, will be hosting a series of virtual gatherings collectively called “Territorial Feminisms and Diverse Ecologies”  from August to December 2020.   The ten gatherings are organized around themes related to…

Post filed in: Gender Justice/Women of Courage, Latin America

Support the OFP in Colombia establish a community radio station

August 5, 2020

The Organización Femenina Popular (OFP), one of KAIROS’ partners in the Women Courage: Women, Peace, and Security program, is raising funds to establish their community radio station, La Mohana FM. The OFP was awarded the radio licence in December 2019 and must now secure the funds…

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KAIROS denounces the feminicide of María Angélica Polanco Medina of Barrancabermeja, Colombia

July 24, 2020

“It is with pain that we once again witness barbarism, dehumanization, and cruelty on the bodies of women.” Organización Femenina Popular  On July 22, the Organización Femenina Popular (OFP), a KAIROS partner, released a statement mourning the death and denouncing the feminicide of María Angélica Polanco Medina, an educator…

Post filed in: Gender Justice/Women of Courage, Latin America

Take action to end attacks against human rights defenders in the Philippines

July 17, 2020

Over the last year the human rights situation has significantly deteriorated in the Philippines. The government has increasingly made use of the process of red-tagging, used to identify many human rights organizations as “front organizations of local communist terrorist groups.” The consequences of red-tagging are dire. Some…

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

Continue to take action for international human rights and against annexation

July 13, 2020

The government of Israel publicly communicated plans to move forward with the formal annexation of significant parts of the West Bank and all of its settlements, consisting of territory that Israel has been militarily occupying since 1967, giving July 1,…

Post filed in: Gender Justice/Women of Courage, Middle East

Webinar recording: What’s next? Annexation, COVID-19 and Palestine

July 13, 2020

A discussion about human rights and women, peace and security in Palestine-Israel with our partner Wi’am and members of the KAIROS Palestine-Israel Delegation. Wi’am staff provides an update about their work and the current context including the impacts of COVID-19…

Post filed in: Gender Justice/Women of Courage, Middle East

Berta Cáceres’ legacy among women land and water defenders in Latin America

June 30, 2020

By Ivonne Ramos  KAIROS closes Indigenous Women’s Month with a reflection by Ivonne Ramos of Acción Ecológica (Ecuador). Ivonne was one of three panelists for KAIROS’ virtual book launch of Who Killed Berta Cáceres? Dams, Death Squads, and an Indigenous Defender’s Battle for the Planet. Vidalina Morales, president of ADES and a friend of Berta, and Nina…

Post filed in: Gender Justice/Women of Courage, Latin America

The Art of Sofía Acosta Varea (La Suerte)

June 20, 2020

Yesterday, KAIROS brought you an interview with Sofía Acosta Varea. Today, we bring you a sample of her work.   . . CACAÑAN (A Crappy Road)  Sometimes it’s good to see so much crap running around town.  Take water from the Machángara River. Mix this water with…

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KAIROS Interviews La Suerte (Sofía Acosta)

June 19, 2020

(sigue el texto en español) Sofía Acosta Varea aka La Suerte is an Ecuadorian visual artist who designed Mother Earth and Resource Extraction: Women Defending Land and Water’s (MERE Hub) logo and has created all of the illustrations for KAIROS’ digital hub on the gendered impacts of resource extraction. This…

Post filed in: Gender Justice/Women of Courage, Latin America

Take action for international human rights and against annexation

June 18, 2020

Our choices define us as people and nations. It is our prayer that Canada will choose to be a nation that does not remain silent in the face of illegal actions but will work alongside other nations to uphold human…

Post filed in: Gender Justice/Women of Courage, Middle East

KAIROS honours Women Land Defenders for Indigenous Women’s Month

June 14, 2020

June is Indigenous Women’s Month at KAIROS. As part of the month’s activities, KAIROS will launch on June 21st the Canadian phase of Mother Earth and Resource Extraction: Women Defending Land and Water (MERE Hub, for short). MERE is a living digital hub developed for and…

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

June 16: virtual book launch for “Who Killed Berta Cáceres? Dams, Death Squads, and an Indigenous Defender’s Battle for the Planet”

June 10, 2020

[español sigue]  Join KAIROS’ MERE Hub on June 16th at 6:00pm EDT for Who Killed Berta Cáceres? Dams, Death Squads, and an Indigenous Defender’s Battle for the Planet—book launch. This virtual book launch will feature author and journalist Nina Lakhani as well as members of the Latin American Network of Women…

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

Women peacebuilders key to just recovery towards a post-pandemic world

June 8, 2020

These days in Canada we often hear the phrase “We’re stronger together.” But stronger how? And who, precisely, are “we?” COVID-19 has exposed the vulnerability of certain communities and, in my work in Canada and globally with Indigenous peoples, migrant…

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

This June is Indigenous Women’s Month at KAIROS

June 1, 2020

Throughout June, KAIROS will highlight and celebrate Indigenous women working to make change in Canada and the Global South. Through profiles, spotlights and by sharing inspiration, KAIROS aims to raise up those working to live in a good way, and to improve society…

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Post-pandemic Canada should centre the needs of Indigenous women

June 1, 2020

The month of June barrels towards us with an important reconciliation anniversary, a recent lack of action in support of the approaching one year anniversary for the #MMIWG calls for justice, and a worldwide pandemic raining down on what would…

Post filed in: Gender Justice/Women of Courage, Indigenous Rights, Op Eds & Rabble

June 18: Stories of Courage: Women Defending Land and Water in Canada and Brazil

June 1, 2020

Watch our webinar recordings online. Join KAIROS’ MERE Hub on June 18h at 11:00am PDT / 2:00pm EDT/ 3:00pm ADT for Stories of Courage: Women Defending Land and Water in Canada and Brazil. This online teach-in is the last in a series of virtual events in…

Post filed in: Gender Justice/Women of Courage, Latin America

It’s time that the Government of Canada empower the CORE and enact mHRDD legislation

May 26, 2020

Allegations of human rights violations and environmental damage accompany the Canadian extractive sector. KAIROS partners substantiate. Forced labor, torture, rape, and the contamination of water sources are just some of the claims made against Canadian companies around the globe by…

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

May 29: Mining Tailings Dam Collapses in Canada and Brazil: Who Cares?

May 22, 2020

Access the webinar recording. Join us Friday, May 29, 2020 at 2:00PM EDT for a webinar with Judith Marshall and Daniela Campolina. The webinar will focus on three major tailings dam breaches that have occurred in the Americas over the last decade. Together these disasters in Canada…

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

KAIROS and members sign ecumenical letter calling on Canada to uphold international law and the rights of Palestinians

May 19, 2020

KAIROS has joined several members churches in signing an ecumenical public letter to Foreign Affairs Minister, Francois-Philippe Champagne, expressing grave concern about Canada’s silence regarding the government of Israel’s plans to propose a vote in the Knesset (likely July 1st) on annexing a significant part…

Post filed in: Gender Justice/Women of Courage, Middle East

KAIROS Signs on to open letter in support of the Shuar Arutam People in Ecuador

May 14, 2020

Over 100 organizations from across the globe have signed an open letter—co-written by KAIROS partner Acción Ecológica, MiningWatch Canada, and others—in solidarity with the Shuar Arutam People (PSHA) in the Ecuadorian Amazon. Letter signatories join the PSHA in condemning the Government of Ecuador for sanctioning the…

Post filed in: Gender Justice/Women of Courage, Latin America

An act of care: reframing global efforts to contain COVID-19

May 13, 2020

The narrative of war and rallying support for the battle of our lives and those of our fellow citizens excludes anyone who does not conform to a dominant masculine/feminine binary narrative. We are waging war , we are told. We…

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