Gender Justice/Women of Courage

Organización Femenina Popular’s call to the international community

May 10, 2021

“Women have suffered from hunger, fear, and uncertainty in the face of deepening poverty and unemployment; we have feared that everything could get worse by having to pay more or eat less in the face of the proposed tax reform; we have felt the fragility…

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KAIROS condemns the Colombian government’s violent repression of its people

May 5, 2021

Since April 28, 2021, thousands of people have taken to the streets of Colombia; the initial catalyst of the protests was the federal government’s proposed tax hike. Amid the social, economic, and health impacts of the pandemic as well as the ongoing insecurity—massacres, the targeting of…

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KAIROS’ response to federal budget 2021

May 4, 2021

Heralded as a shift from the Washington Consensus, a doctrine of free-market economic policies that prioritizes austerity over social support, Budget 2021: A Recovery Plan for Jobs, Growth, and Resilience outlines $101.4 billion in new spending targeted at those who were hit hard by pandemic – specifically women. While KAIROS applauds the shift to greater social…

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

Solidarity Statement on the occasion of the May 2 Ecumenical Sunday of Lament in the Philippines

April 30, 2021

Respect and Protect God’s Gift of Life and Reject the Prevailing Culture of Violence and Death!  Let us all Pray and Work for a Just and Lasting Peace.  On April 28 and 29, 2021 the Asia Pacific Forum (APF) met in its…

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Women Resisting Extractivism Film Club | Firewater Thunderbird Rising

April 29, 2021

Join KAIROS’ MERE Hub on Thursday, May 20th at 7:00pm EDT for the fourth installment of its virtual film club on the gendered impacts of resource extraction.   This penultimate session will be hosted by Tasheena Sarazin, an Algonquin artist with roots from Pikwàkanagàn First Nation and Bear Island. Tasheena is a hard-working mother of three children and an active member…

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

Ecumenical call opposing evictions and demolitions of Palestinian homes in East Jerusalem

April 29, 2021

KAIROS joins other Christian denominations, church agencies, ecumenical organizations and networks in  calling on the Canadian government to take action on the recent acceleration in attempts by Israeli settler organizations to forcibly evict and dispossess hundreds of Palestinian families  in the Sheikh Jamal and Silwan neighbourhoods in East Jerusalem.  From Palestinian and Israeli partners, we have learned that fifteen families totaling…

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

The gendered impacts of the mining industry in Brazil

April 29, 2021

The impacts of the mining industry in Brazil are best known by the two major tailing dam bursts that took place in Mariana (2015) and Brumadinho (2019) in the state of Minas Gerais. These human-made disasters took the life of hundreds of people and caused massive environmental destruction. However, well before these breaches, the mining industry had been a source of afflictions and human rights…

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

Time to rethink the model: distinctions-based framework is colonial, sexist, and simply doesn’t work

April 22, 2021

Invite us to the table. End the discrimination. And respectfully use a distinction-based approach when it is needed. Not as a blanket approach to exclude women and gender diverse people or other relevant stakeholders. The federal government likes to say…

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Gender-based violence in Colombia, from the utopia of norms to reality #CSW65

April 20, 2021

Among the many conclusions at the UN Commission on the Status of Women as well as figures and statistics—concrete data and real cases—on the global increase of gender-based violence experienced in the last year due to the pandemic, the specific case of Colombia continues to astonish. In Colombia femicides have increased by 175% compared to last year, with a total of 630 femicides during 2020.  Despite this reality, there is…

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First climate change lawsuit in Ecuador

April 19, 2021

La versión en español de este blog sigue a continuación.  The following is a summary and update from Ivonne Yánez of Acción Ecológica (Ecuador) on the status of the first climate change lawsuit to be heard in Ecuador. Acción Ecológica is a KAIROS global partner.   Acción Ecológica, together with the Union of People Affected by Texaco (UDAPT),…

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

IPMSDL hosts third Women Resisting Extractivism Film Night

April 13, 2021

KAIROS would like to thank the international Indigenous Peoples Movement for Self-Determination & Liberation (IPMSDL) for hosting the April Session of the Women Resisting Extractivism Film Club.  Over seventy people joined the evening to watch the documentaries Ground Zero and Imaset, which were introduced by Beverly Longid through video. And listen…

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Extraction, cooptation are not feminist policies #CSW65

April 8, 2021

en français | en español From Zoom link to livestream, across multiple corners of the Earth, and very much in spite of digital inequities, people came together for the 65th session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW65). The COVID-19 pandemic prompted the United Nations and other organizing entities to undertake…

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The pandemic will not hinder us from uniting as women #CSW65

April 6, 2021

en français | en español I was honored to attend the CSW65 from March 15-26, 2021 as part of the KAIROS’ delegation and through the generous accommodation of ACT Alliance.   The pandemic may have hindered women from gathering physically but, through technology, participants including here in the Philippines were able to experience New York for two weeks. Indeed, not…

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Héritiers de la Justice in DR Congo overcame language challenges to engage virtually in #CSW65

March 30, 2021

en français | en español KAIROS partner in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DR Congo), Héritiers de la Justice (HJ) participated in workshops during the virtual United Nation’s Commission on the Status of Women Session 65, March 15 to 26, 2021 (CSW65) based on a number of themes related to increasing capacity for programming within the framework of the Women, Peace and Security project.  HJ…

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Women Resisting Extractivism Film Club | “Ground Zero”

March 29, 2021

Join KAIROS’ MERE Hub on Monday, April 12th at 8:00pm EDT (8:00am Tuesday, April 13 in the Philippines) for the third installment of its virtual film club on the gendered impacts of resource extraction.   This third session will be hosted by Beverly Longid of international Indigenous Peoples Movement for Self-Determination & Liberation (IPMSDL). IPMSDL have chosen the documentary “Ground Zero.” The…

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

I am not alone #CSW65

March 29, 2021

en français | en español Greetings from Bethlehem. I would like to thank KAIROS for providing the opportunity for me to participate in the sixty-fifth Commission on Status of Women (CSW65) for the first time. I am Minerva Q. Jarayseh, a lecturer in the social science department at the University of Bethlehem, women’s advocate and family counselor.  There were many interesting and relevant topics with great panelists outlined in the heavily…

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À propos du premier rapport d’Investigate PH

March 24, 2021

La Coalition Internationale d’organisations civiles, politiques et juridiques (Investigate PH) qui a enquêté sur les violations des droits humains aux Philippines a finalement complété son premier rapport et l’a rendu public lors d’une cérémonie officielle tenue le 16 mars 2021.  Ce rapport a dévoilé non seulement l’existence des cas…

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Investigate PH releases searing report to the UN on political repression in the Philippines

March 24, 2021

In its first report, released on March 16, Investigate PH warns of intensified political repression in the Philippines since the summer, fueled by the recently enacted Anti-Terrorism Act, and the brutal implementation of a National Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict.  The report, which is the first in a series that will be submitted to the UN Human Rights Council 48th Session in September…

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Open letter calls on the Canadian government to speak out against killings in the Philippines

March 23, 2021

KAIROS was among sixty-five organizations in Canada (including churches, trade unions and Filipino associations) that sent an open letter to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau calling on him to publicly condemn the killings of human rights defenders in the Philippines.    The letter responds to a series of military operations that took place during the weekend of March 4-7, 2021 in which 9 labour and Indigenous…

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The global gender inequality pandemic highlighted at the #CSW65

March 22, 2021

en français | en español In the first of the two week of meetings that I have participated in at the CSW65 on March 15-26, 2021, similar issues have been raised by women from around the world and these have been numerous – the impacts of COVID-19 on women and the ensuing vaccine…

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Being a part of history #CSW65

March 19, 2021

en français | en español I am Lucy Talgieh, the Women Coordinator at Wi’am: Palestinian Conflict Transformation Center in Bethlehem, Palestine. I am currently participating in the online 65th UN Commission on the Status of Women (UNCSW65). It was always my dream to take part in…

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For such a time as this… SHE DARES! #CSW65

March 18, 2021

en français | en español When women who know themselves begin to speak, there is no doubt that their presence fills the room.  Even over the internet, a “breath of life” connects the body gathered, as these rooted women ignite passion. Their…

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KAIROS and partners at the UN Commission on Status of Women, March 15-26

March 17, 2021

CSW65 blog series A delegation of 20, comprised of KAIROS Women of Courage partners from Colombia, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Israel/Palestine, the Philippines and South Sudan and KAIROS partnership staff, is currently participating in the online UN Commission on Status of Women (UNCSW65).  The annual…

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Stories of Courage, Stories of Change: Women peacebuilders as frontline workers

March 16, 2021

The first blog coming from KAIROS delegates to the 65th session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW65).

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People before patents, open letter to PM on vaccine equity

March 11, 2021

KAIROS joined 40 civil society organizations in Canada including churches, unions, human rights groups and health organizations in signing an open letter to the Prime Minister calling for greater action from the Canadian government on vaccine equity.  The letter calls on Canada to endorse a proposal at the World Trade…

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Call to the Canadian government to take action on vaccine equity

March 11, 2021

A year into the global COVID-19 pandemic, it’s time to “use every tool” to ensure that people world-wide have access to vaccines, argues the head of the World Health Organization (WTO).  KAIROS has written to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to encourage greater efforts toward fair global access to COVID vaccines. The…

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

KAIROS decries recent raids and massacre in the Philippines

March 10, 2021

KAIROS is deeply concerned about the escalating human rights crisis and ongoing impunity in the Philippines.  We join partners in the Philippines and civil society organizations in Canada and around the world in condemning the recent raids and massacre, now known as the Bloody Sunday raids….

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

Urge full funding for women peacebuilders

March 8, 2021

Happy International Women’s Day! International Women’s Day, March 8, is 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 to raise awareness of the work left to be…

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