Gender Justice

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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

Post filed in: Ecological Justice, Gender Justice, Op Eds & Rabble

OFP inaugurates a House Museum for Collective Memory and Human Rights in Barrancabermeja

August 8, 2019

On Thursday, July 25th in Barrancabermeja, Colombia, the Organización Femenina Popular (OFP) inaugurated the Casa Museo de la Memoria y los Derechos Humanos de las Mujeres de la región del Magdalena Medio, or the House Museum of Memory and Human…

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Canadian Subcommittee on Human Rights releases report on women human rights defenders

July 16, 2019

KAIROS welcomes the release of “Raising Her Voice: Confronting the Unique Challenges Facing Women Human Rights Defenders,” the Subcommittee on International Human Rights of the House of Commons Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and International Development’s report on women human…

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Government of Canada turns back on communities harmed by Canadian mining overseas, loses trust of Canadian civil society

July 11, 2019

KAIROS supports the resignation of all fourteen civil society and labour union representatives of the government’s Multi-Stakeholder Advisory Body on Responsible Business Conduct Abroad (Advisory Body). KAIROS is a member of the Canadian Network on Corporate Accountability (CNCA). ———————————————————————- Ottawa, July 11,…

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Exchanges and Collaboration: KAIROS in Ecuador

July 3, 2019

“Un pueblo no existe sin territorio.” Indigenous people cannot exist without their territory. Fany, a Shuar woman from Ecuador, made this declaration during the talking circle of the pilot of the first version of the Ecuadorian blanket exercise held this…

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America is a mass grave

June 25, 2019

An ensemble of living and non-living beings is calling an alarm: América es una fosa común. America is a mass grave. According to the Government of Mexico, at least 200,000 people have been murdered and 40,000 people have been disappeared since 2006…

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KAIROS urges Canada to deliver on funding for grassroots women peace builders

May 16, 2019

KAIROS urges the Government of Canada to use the upcoming Women Deliver Conference in Vancouver as an opportunity to make a very important announcement: increased funding to grassroots women peace builders. The global conference on women’s equality, well-being and rights…

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Corporate accountability is also a feminist issue

May 9, 2019

To address corporate misconduct, the federal government needs to truly commit to independence and power in an ombudsperson because the safety and well-being of Indigenous women are at stake. There is an indisputable difference between claiming to be a feminist…

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Hundreds take to the streets to call for justice for communities abused by Canadian mining

May 8, 2019

Toronto – National human rights, faith and labour organizations along with concerned Torontonians rallied in Toronto to call for a Ombudsperson with the power to investigate corporate abuses abroad. The Canadian Ombudsperson for Responsible Enterprise (CORE) was created last month,…

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An Independent and Empowered CORE is at the core of corporate accountability and gender justice

April 10, 2019

On Monday, April 8, the federal government appointed the Canadian Ombudsperson for Responsible Business Enterprise (CORE), but failed to create an independent office with real powers to investigate abuses and redress harms caused by Canadian companies operating abroad, essentially breaking…

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Canadian Government reneges on promise to create Independent Corporate Human Rights Watchdog

April 8, 2019

KAIROS joins members of the Canadian Network on Corporate Accountability (CNCA) in expressing profound disappointment at the failure of the Government of Canada to fulfill its promise of an independent Ombudsperson with the power to investigate. The Government of Canada…

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Time is running out for an Independent Ombudsperson with power to Investigate…

April 4, 2019

… Join thousands in calling on the Government to keep its Promise KAIROS Executive Director, Jennifer Henry, has joined key leaders from diverse sectors in Canada’s labour, human rights, and development communities,  in writing a public letter to the Minister…

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Budget 2019: KAIROS analysis

March 28, 2019

While Budget 2019 contains encouraging investments in Indigenous communities and the transition to a clean energy economy, it falls short in many other areas. What follows is an assessment of what Budget 2019 means for issues related to the KAIROS…

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

Reflections on the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women (CSW63)

March 25, 2019

I have just returned from an intense week at the United Nations Commission on Status of Women (CSW63) forum with Agnes Petia, Coordinator of the South Sudan Council of Churches National Women’s Programme (SSCC-NWP). The CSW’s priority theme this year…

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Highlights from International Women’s Day celebrations

March 15, 2019

8 Messages from 8 Women for March 8th On International Women’s Day, March 8, KAIROS kick-started the campaign 8 Women, 8 Messages, highlighting the voices of a few of the many courageous, creative and tenacious women we work with in…

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Reporting from UN Commission on Status of Women (CSW63)

March 14, 2019

The Holistic Care for Survivors of Sexual Violence in Conflict: A Session hosted by Nobel Peace Laureate Dr. Denis Mukwege Jane Thirikwa, KAIROS partnership coordinator and Agnes Petia from National Women’s Program of the South Sudan Council of Churches continue…

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KAIROS attends Canadian reception at the UN Commission on Status of Women (CSW63)

March 13, 2019

Agnes Petia, the Coordinator of the South Sudan Council of Churches National Women’s Programme (SSCC-NWP) and Jane Thirikwa, Global Partnerships Coordinator, attended a reception hosted by Marc-André Blanchard, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Canada to the United Nations, for Canadian…

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