Gender Justice/Women of Courage

KAIROS continues to call for corporate accountability

February 25, 2021

The Government of Canada has concealed from the public a report outlining how it can grant the Canadian Ombudsperson for Responsible Business Enterprise (CORE) the autonomy and powers to investigate allegations of human rights abuses at the overseas operations of Canada-based companies. Global News reported…

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KAIROS Women of Courage partners at the CSW65

February 25, 2021

March 8 is the annual International Women’s Day (IWD), observed throughout the world as a day of action for women, a time to reflect on and celebrate advances in gender equality, as well as raising awareness of the work left to be done. This year’s campaign…

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Ecumenical Forum for Peace pens open letter to Colombian President

February 16, 2021

“The escalation of the armed conflict and the expansion of violence in addition to the health crisis are putting some human groups and communities at serious risk of extinction—t heir survival is in peril.  All this is aggravated by the systematic murder of ethnic…

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

Dr. Sherry Pictou on indigeneity, feminism, and resource extraction

February 5, 2021

“I have been working with KAIROS through the MERE project in advocating for accountability and [for a more substantive, authoritative role for] the recently appointed Canadian Ombudsperson for Responsible Enterprise, a position that basically remains advisory. My concern is this:…

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KAIROS 2021 Wish List

February 3, 2021

As Canada continues to grapple with the COVID-19 pandemic, we recognize that we are in a ‘kairos’ moment. In that spirit, KAIROS Canada wishes the following in 2021…  That the Canadian government, provinces and territories: Work with Indigenous family members and survivors, gender-diverse people, and Indigenous…

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KAIROS supports Global Launch of Investigate PH

February 1, 2021

Investigate PH is an independent, international investigation on human rights violations in the Philippines  KAIROS joins churches and civil society organizations and leaders from around the world in participating in InvestigatePH, an independent global initiative concerned with the current state of human rights situation…

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Ecumenical letter to Minister Garneau calls on Canada to respond to escalating human rights violations in the Philippines

January 29, 2021

KAIROS,  the Anglican Church of Canada  and the United Church of Canada, in solidarity with partners, the National Council of Churches in the Philippines (NCCP) and the Ecumenical Voice for Human Rights and Peace in the Philippines (EcuVoice), have written a letter to the Minister…

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Women Resisting Extractivism Film Club: February 16, 7PM EST

January 25, 2021

Join KAIROS’ MERE Hub from February to June 2021 for a monthly virtual film club on the gendered impacts of resource extraction.  Participants will meet virtually for screenings and discussions of films on the intersection of gender and large-scale resource extraction in Canada and abroad.   The film club will highlight…

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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…

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

“We have courage because of your support.”

December 24, 2020

Agnes Wasuk Petia (below), the Coordinator of the South Sudan Council of Churches’ National Women’s Programme (SSCC-NWP) told us this in 2018 when she was here to talk with people across Canada about the anti-violence and peace-building initiatives spearheaded by the SSCC-NWP.  Throughout this difficult, unique year, KAIROS has continued to…

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Second South-South gathering of KAIROS Women, Peace & Security partners, November 24-27

December 17, 2020

From November 24-27 KAIROS Women of Courage: Women, Peace and Security partners gathered virtually for the second South-South gathering of the program. During this virtual gathering, partners had the opportunity to: share and reflect on their work with grassroots women peacebuilders;…

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Government of Canada reneges on promise to empower CORE

December 16, 2020

Late in November of this year, KAIROS learned that the Minister of Small Business, Export Promotion and International Trade had made the decision not to grant the Canadian Ombudsperson for Responsible Business Enterprise (CORE) investigatory powers.   The decision comes almost three years…

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Women peacebuilders call for a voice at the table despite threats and lock downs

December 3, 2020

The pandemic has been particularly cruel to women, disproportionately impacting their wellbeing and safety, not only in Canada but also abroad. KAIROS’ international partners, operating in some of the most protracted conflict areas in the world, report dramatic increases in gender-based…

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

WPS South-South Gathering builds solidarity for women peacebuilders

December 2, 2020

Amidst a global pandemic, KAIROS’ Women of Courage partners gathered online in late November to learn from one another to help empower women in the Global South for an equitable, just and feminist recovery and transformation.   The second annual KAIROS’ Women of Courage: Women, Peace and Security South-South Gathering brought together Organización Femenina Popular (OFP) (Colombia), Héritiers de la…

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Take action before Dec 30! Protect human rights defenders in the Philippines

December 2, 2020

There is less than a month left to sign!  The petition ends on Dec 30, 2020.  If you are a Canadian citizen,  please sign and encourage others to do so as well. For more details on the petition. KAIROS encourages you…

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Reflection on Stories of Courage, Stories of Change

November 26, 2020

This morning I was honoured to be witness to the KAIROS Women of Courage: Women, Peace, and Security gathering. In this gathering, women from South Sudan, Colombia, The Democratic Republic of Congo, and Palestine shared their experience of gender-based violence…

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The OFP Calls for a National State of Emergency

November 25, 2020

This fall marks both the 20th anniversary of the United Nations Security Council’s Resolution 1325 and the fourth anniversary of the ratification of the Peace Accords in Colombia between the government and the former guerrilla group, the FARC. Integrating some of UNSCR 1325’s recommendations, Colombia’s Peace Accords have been heralded for their attention to the gendered…

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

MEDIA RELEASE: Empowered women peacebuilders share stories of courage and change, November 26

November 24, 2020

KAIROS online event gathers frontline global partners and government officials on the crucial role of women peacebuilding (Toronto, Ontario) – Global women peacebuilders will share their stories of courage and change for inclusive, equitable and just peace on Thursday, November 26, at 10:00 a.m. – noon EST during an online public event by KAIROS’ Women…

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Reaffirming women peace builders, 20th Anniversary of UNSCR1325

October 30, 2020

 “I came to (the Wi’am human rights) session to fulfil a requirement for my law professor.  I always thought that women’s issues were important, but I thought we had to decide between these issues and Palestine’s sovereignty. I did not believe we…

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Demand that the Government of Canada Support Peace in Colombia

October 29, 2020

Violence in Colombia continues undaunted, and in some ways aggravated, by the COVID-19 pandemic. Just days after public health directives were put in place to contain the spread of the coronavirus in March, Carlota Isabel Salinas Pérez, a member of the Organización Femenina Popular (OFP) was killed. Carlota is…

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

Raising concerns about ongoing human rights violations in the Philippines

October 23, 2020

In solidarity with our partners in the Philippines, the National Council of Churches in the Philippines (NCCP) and Ecumenical Voice for Human Rights and Peace in the Philippines ( EcuVoice), KAIROS, the United Church of Canada, and the Anglican Church of Canada have…

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Women of Courage: Women, Peace and Security year two at a glance

October 15, 2020

KAIROS needs to raise funds to match the government’s contribution and we need your help! Every dollar you donate to these four Women of Courage: Women, Peace and Security partners will generate an additional $3 in funding from Global Affairs Canada (GAC)….

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KAIROS and Partners sign on to open letter marking the 20th anniversary of UNSCR 1325

October 6, 2020

KAIROS Canada and two of its Women of Courage: Women, Peace and Security program partners – Héritiers de la Justice (DRC) and Wi’am: Palestinian Conflict Transformation Centre (West Bank), have signed on to an open letter published by the NGO Working Group on Women, Peace and Security…

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Rights for People, Rules for Business!

October 5, 2020

A Virtual Rally for Real Canadian Corporate Accountability Join the Canadian Network on Corporate Accountability (CNCA), of which KAIROS is a member, on Sunday, October 18th at 4:00PM EDT for a virtual rally in support of corporate accountability.  Surpassing the initial goal of…

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Femmes de courage: Femmes, paix et sécurité: aperçu de la deuxième année

October 5, 2020

La participation active des femmes à la paix et à la sécurité offre des possibilités uniques et essentielles de créer des solutions transformatrices de l’égalité des sexes et, en fin de compte, des sociétés plus inclusives, égalitaires entre les sexes…

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Just transformation needed now: KAIROS responds to the 2020 Speech from the Throne

September 30, 2020

The Government of Canada addressed the pandemic – “our generation’s crossroad” – and how it plans to “build back better” in the much-anticipated Speech from the Throne on September 23. The speech touched on racism, gender and income inequality, the environmental crisis, dislocation, and the struggles facing Indigenous and global communities.   While the government addressed each issue separately, they intersect and are amplified by a pandemic that exacerbates human…

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

#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…

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