Gender Justice/Women of Courage

Canada must act now to stop Duterte’s war against the Filipino people

November 30, 2021

I work with human rights defenders and peacebuilders in some of the most dangerous places in the world. I fear for their safety, and sometimes my worst fears come true.  This happened in August last year. Zara Alvarez, a well-known human…

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Economic empowerment to address gender-based violence #16StoriesofCourage

November 30, 2021

Violence against women (VAW) is the most pervasive violation of human rights worldwide. VAW is also an economic issue, which carries significant costs to individuals, households, the public sector and society. In situations of protracted conflict, VAW includes economic abuse – controlling…

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Honouring missing and murdered Indigenous women, girls, 2SLGBTQQIA people #16StoriesofCourage

November 29, 2021

There is a strong correlation between the presence of extractive projects and violence against Indigenous women, girls, and 2SLGBTQQIA people. In protecting the land and water, Indigenous women land defenders are also enacting women’s rights and Indigenous self-determination.   “We decided that we’re…

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Women survivors of armed conflict can become women human rights defenders #16StoriesofCourage

November 28, 2021

| en español |  Through psychosocial support, legal accompaniment, and human rights training, women survivors of armed conflict can become women human rights defenders.   Indeed, women are key to peacebuilding in conflict and post-conflict settings.  “I believe that if I had…

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Women and post-conflict rebuilding #16StoriesofCourage

November 27, 2021

In times of conflict, women and children make up the majority of the population who take refuge outside their country’s borders. Post-conflict, women’s reintegration and contributions to peace and reconstruction have long been underestimated. Women are a driving force for peace, often on the…

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Women lead gender-based violence awareness raising #16StoriesofCourage

November 26, 2021

| en français | High levels of sexual violence in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), combined with stigmatizing media coverage, have resulted in a presentation of sexual gender-based violence as exclusively part of a military strategy. There are, however, numerous cases of gender-based violence (GBV) committed by civilians,…

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

Indigenous women and the protection of Mother Earth #16StoriesofCourage

November 25, 2021

| em português | Indigenous women are at the forefront in the defense of Mother Earth. In Brazil, Indigenous land defenders continue to prioritize Mother Earth despite the dangers of undertaking those efforts—criminalization, harassment, physical attacks, etc.  “And so, all warrior women, land and water…

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16 days of activism – 16 Stories of Courage

November 25, 2021

Beginning November 25 (International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women) and lasting through December 10 (International Human Rights Day), KAIROS will join the international community and partners for the global 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence campaign. To complement local and national…

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Highlighting stories of courage during #16Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence Campaign

November 16, 2021

2021 marks the 30th anniversary of the Global 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence Campaign. Launched by the Center for Women’s Global Leadership (CWGL) at its first Women’s Global Leadership Institute in 1991, this Campaign has been used worldwide to call for the elimination…

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Congratulations to all the winners of the youth poster contest

November 1, 2021

To mark its 20th anniversary, KAIROS wants to lift up the artistic work of young activists. We asked for original artwork that shares a message of justice, peace and hope – artwork that will help us as a movement and…

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Testimonio and Storytelling: Canadian extractivism in territories affected by genocide

October 27, 2021

Join KAIROS, Atlantic Regional Solidarity Network (ARSN), the Department of Human Rights at St. Thomas University, MiningWatch Canada, Atlantic Human Rights Centre, Solidarité Fredericton, NB Media Coop, and Maritimes-Guatemala Breaking the Silence Solidarity Network on Monday, November 8, 2021 at 6:00pm EST for “Testimonio and Storytelling: Canadian extractivism in territories affected by…

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KAIROS Mandate Letters to the Prime Minister of Canada

October 25, 2021

Dear Prime Minister Trudeau,  We at KAIROS write to you during a kairos moment, when multiple crises have converged and opportunities arise for transformational change. In our work we advocate for such change in elevating the rights and wellbeing of Indigenous peoples, women, temporary foreign workers, and ecological systems.   The climate crisis and COVID-19,…

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

Musings from a hopeful: a commitment to witness in the Philippines

October 6, 2021

Many times, I have encountered the phrase “hope springs eternal” from colleagues and fellow advocates since I started working with church people, peace advocates and human rights defenders. This seems to be the rally cry for peace advocates who faithfully remain committed to achieving a just and…

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Wolastoqiyik and Mi’kmaq Grandmothers protect land and water

September 27, 2021

In commemoration of the first National Day for Truth and Reconciliation this week, KAIROS is honoured to launch “Wolastoqiyik and Mi’kmaq Grandmothers-Land/Water Defenders Sharing and Learning Circle: Generating Knowledge for Action,” a report written by Sherry Pictou and share two Stories of Courage videos created by…

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Standing with partners on the International Day of Peace

September 21, 2021

The United Nations International Day of Peace (IPD), celebrated on September 21, is devoted to strengthening the ideals of peace, both within and among all nations and peoples. The 2021 theme is “recovering better for an equitable and sustainable world”. …

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TAKE ACTION to stop state-sponsored killings and human rights violations in the Philippines

August 24, 2021

Hundreds of thousands of Indigenous peoples, land and human rights defenders, and low-income people are being displaced, terrorized, jailed and killed in the Philippines by their own government.   SEND A LETTER TO YOUR MP NOW! INVESTIGATE PH is documenting these abuses in a series of three reports. The second report,…

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Tour of the coltan mines, DR Congo in 2013 #KAIROS20

August 18, 2021

In our time, can we still do without a laptop? Who isn’t tempted by the latest MP5 player or a new digital camera? These electronic devices are and will always be an integral part of our daily lives. But do…

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Empowerment of women and girls in the DR Congo #KAIROS20

August 3, 2021

My sincere thanks to KAIROS who supported my trip to Canada to participate in the 2019 International Human Rights Training Program held in Montreal and the Women Deliver Conference in Vancouver, in June 2019.  Left to right: Rachel Warden and Néné Lubala.Left to right: Dayna the translator and Néné Lubala. With the support of KAIROS Canada, 8 women members of SALVIS…

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L’autonomisation des femmes et jeunes filles en République du Congo #KAIROS20

August 3, 2021

Mes sincères remerciements à KAIROS qui a supporté mon voyage au Canada pour participer au Programme International de Formation aux Droits humains 2019 tenue à Montréal et à cette occasion passer un bon moment avec Rachel Warden en vue de participer à Women Deliver Conference tenue à Vancouver en juin 2019.  De gauche à…

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Congratulations to the OFP on their 49th anniversary

July 22, 2021

This week the Organización Femenina Popular (OFP) celebrates their 49th anniversary.   The OFP will be hosting two public events in Spanish this week to commemorate the organization’s forty-nine years:  Thursday, July 22 at 5:00pm EDT | Virtual conversation on the feminist economic alternatives on Facebook Live via the OFP’s Facebook account   Saturday,…

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

KAIROS calls on Canada to heed recommendations of Investigate PH report

July 21, 2021

Holding the Philippines government to account for human rights violations  KAIROS has recently joined thirty-five civil society organizations, churches and prominent individuals representing labour, youth, faith communities, human rights defenders, and the Filipino community in delivering a letter to the Minister of Foreign Affairs,…

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Hot off the press! Women Peace and Security At a Glance report for year 3

July 15, 2021

The At a Glance report for Year 3 of the KAIROS Women of Courage: Women Peace and Security program is now available in English, French and Spanish.  The report highlights the critical work of KAIROS partners – grassroots women peacebuilders in Colombia, Democratic Republic of Congo, South Sudan and Palestine – in a year that…

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Gender and land defense in Abya Yala in times of pandemic

July 9, 2021

“In this new global context, the compilation of struggles and the essential role of women in the defense of territories, the specificities and damages that they experience in socio-environmental conflicts, become relevant…” Latin American Network of Women Defenders of Social and Environmental Rights, 2020 annual report  Women…

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KAIROS and partners mark the 10th anniversary of South Sudan: the world’s youngest country

July 8, 2021

Friday, July 9th marks the 10th anniversary of South Sudan, the world’s newest country.   Despite some progress towards peace and reconciliation, particularly since the signing of the latest iteration of the peace agreement, the Revitalized Agreement on the Resolution of the Conflict in the Republic of…

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Investigate PH releases 2nd report on escalating human rights violations in the Philippines

July 7, 2021

Yesterday, INVESTIGATE PH released its second report on human rights violations in the Philippines. The findings – which highlights escalating state-driven violence – are deeply alarming and demand urgent attention. The report is the second in a series of three…

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Women peacebuilders lay groundwork for sustained transformational change

July 6, 2021

Located literally under the shadow of the West Bank wall in Bethlehem, Wi’am: Palestinian Conflict Transformation Centre offers women victims of gender-based oppression and violence just that—transformational change.  Wi’am—a partner of KAIROS Canada’s Women of Courage, Women, Peace and Security (WPS) program—is one of four women-led grassroots organizations that…

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Hilando y tejiendo juntas: camino de hermandad y solidaridad #KAIROS20

June 29, 2021

English KAIROS está celebrando 20 años como organización de justicia social, ecuménica y ambiental. Desde sus inicios comenzamos a trabajar juntos. Nuestras organizaciones, hilando y tejiendo juntas.   Siempre encontramos sintonía en la lucha frente a los impactos de las actividades…

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Spinning and weaving together: A journey of siblinghood and solidarity #KAIROS20

June 29, 2021

Español  KAIROS is celebrating 20 years as a social, ecumenical, and environmental justice organization. From its beginning we began to work together. Our organizations, spinning and weaving together.  We always find harmony in the struggles against the impacts of oil and mining activities, climate change, and the role of Indigenous peoples and women in the…

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