Gender Justice/Women of Courage

Voting for change and human rights in the Philippines

May 3, 2022

Filipinos go to the polls on May 9 to elect a new leader and government. This could be a moment for positive change, or a continuation of well documented human rights violations that have escalated under President Durante’s regime.  The…

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Tabled: Two new bills asserting that Human Rights and Accountability are Non-negotiable

March 30, 2022

A people and planet first approach to business is long overdue. This is why KAIROS welcomes the tabling of two corporate accountability bills in the House of Commons today. These two bills seek to address deficiencies in the way Canada…

Post filed in: Corporate Accountability, Gender Justice/Women of Courage

Indigenous Women’s March in defense of land and natural resources in Brazil

March 28, 2022

Highlighting MERE Hub Brazil  Led by Indigenous women, Indigenous people mobilized in 2021 to counter governmental attempts to further dispossess and displace them of their lands and territories. The Brazilian government is seeking to open large areas to both domestic…

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

This International Women’s Day register for a Women of Courage workshop at the UNCSW66

March 7, 2022

FRANÇAIS | ESPAÑOL | ENGLISH | Joignez-vous à nous pour un atelier sur les Femmes de Courage lors de la Commission des Nations Unies sur la condition de la femme (CSW66) Joyeuse Journée Internationale de la Femme!  Aujourd’hui, nous reconnaissons…

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Urge your MP to ensure women peacebuilders are well funded in 2022/23 Budget

March 6, 2022

The Canadian government made an important promise in 2021.   That promise, if fulfilled, will help to effectively address urgent challenges, including the COVID-19 pandemic, climate change and conflict that affect us all, nationally and globally.  In the 2021 Throne Speech,…

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KAIROS joins partners in condemning the assassination of human rights defenders Teófilo Acuña Ribón and Jorge Alberto Tafur in Colombia

March 2, 2022

On February 22, Teófilo Acuña Ribón and Jorge Alberto Tafur, two well respected human rights defenders working for land rights in Colombia were killed. Teófilo and Jorge Alberto are two of thirty-three human rights defenders murdered thus far in 2022…

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

Kaji’ Ajpop Strengthens Indigenous Women’s Rights in Guatemala

March 1, 2022

KAIROS has a long history of working with partners in Guatemala on Indigenous rights, environmental and land defense, and gender justice. In 2021, KAIROS began exploring a new partnership and supporting the work of Kaji’ Ajpop, an association that promotes…

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

Land defenders’ human rights continue to be violated – this must change

February 28, 2022

On February 6, Gidimt’en land defenders made a submission to the UN denouncing Canada’s violation of Indigenous rights in the development of the Coastal GasLink pipeline. In recent days, there have been several key events pertaining to water and land…

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

Decolonization is at the heart of effective climate action

February 25, 2022

Photo: Environment and Climate Change Minister Steven Guilbeault, pictured on the Hill on Jan. 31, 2022. Decolonization is at the heart of effective climate action. This means giving space to Black and other racialized people, particularly women, to have a…

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

Join us for Women of Courage Workshop at UN Commission on the Status of Women #CSW66

February 24, 2022

KAIROS is hosting a virtual parallel event at the 2022 United Nations Commission on the Status of Women (CSW66), on March 22, 2022, at 10.00AM – 12.00PM EST. The workshop, ‘Women peacebuilders build back with environmental and economic security’, will…

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Strengthening the livelihoods of Palestinians through agriculture in the West Bank

February 23, 2022

The agricultural sector, considered the cornerstone of Palestinian economic development, has not been able to play its strategic role because of the dispossession of land and the denial of access to agricultural areas, water resources, domestic and external markets as…

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

KAIROS wish list 2022

February 1, 2022

As Canada and the world grapples with multiple crises, including pandemic related impacts and extreme weather events fueled by global heating, KAIROS calls on all levels of government in Canada to prioritize a just and equitable recovery. This includes a…

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

Start 2022 by calling on Canada to pass corporate accountability legislation

January 20, 2022

Thank you for being an advocate for corporate accountability in 2021.    Whether you participated in KAIROS’ Women Resisting Extractivism film club, attended the launch of MERE Hub Brazil and/or the Testimonio and Storytelling event, read the report “Wolastoqiyik and Mi’kmaq Grandmothers-Land/Water Defenders Sharing and Learning Circle: Generating Knowledge for Action,”…

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Call on the International Criminal Court to resume investigation in the Philippines

December 13, 2021

KAIROS and member churches and church organizations have sent an open letter to the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court, calling on him to re-open the investigation for crimes against humanity committed under the auspices of the War on Drugs in the Philippines.   Such an investigation is needed to…

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Women’s rights organizations deliver change globally #16DaysOfActivism

December 13, 2021

Women’s rights organizations across the globe commemorated the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence with campaigns, events, activities, and mobilizations. Whether virtually or through in-person actions, the Women of Courage: Women, Peace and Security partner organizations drew attention to not only the daily and structural forms of violence but…

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KAIROS launches Women of Courage podcast

December 10, 2021

Today, we are extremely proud to launch a new audio podcast, Women of Courage. This podcast series will provide an additional effective and accessible platform to highlight the voices and work of partners – women-led human rights organizations, women peacebuilders, land defenders and environmental activists, in discussions of current and…

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Grassroots women’s informal peace efforts in South Sudan #16StoriesofCourage

December 9, 2021

Although religion and faith are important parts of the daily lives of much of the world’s population, their links with the Women, Peace and Security (WPS) agenda are not often discussed, particularly in terms of opportunities.   In South Sudan, the South Sudan Council of Churches’ National Women’s Programme (NWP) is bringing…

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Women community leaders #16StoriesofCourage

December 8, 2021

| en español | Local, grassroots women human rights defenders are community leaders whose work towards collective empowerment leaves a lasting legacy.   “I have been part of the Organización Femenina Popular (OFP) for 23 years. My life in the OFP has been an example of…

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Climate change’s assault on ecosystems is violence against women

December 7, 2021

To be truly feminist, Canada must fully consult women — particularly land and water defenders — to lay the groundwork for community-driven and inclusive clean energy economies, writes Jane Thirikwa with @kairoscanada. #16StoriesofCourage

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

Engaging men and boys to end violence against women #16StoriesofCourage

December 7, 2021

Patriarchy and the dominant, harmful expressions of masculinity link to all forms of violence against women and other marginalized groups.   Incorporating men and boys into the work to end Violence Against Women is essential to examining root causes and creating a safer, more…

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Gendered impacts of resource extraction #16StoriesofCourage

December 6, 2021

| en español | The negative impacts of large-scale resource extraction materialize in the form of violence against the land and also against women. In Intag, Ecuador, communities came together in defense of the land and water and passed a municipal ordinance declaring the…

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Enhancing socio-economic conditions for women in the West Bank through agriculture #16StoriesofCourage

December 5, 2021

The agricultural sector is the cornerstone of Palestinian economic development; however, it has not been able to play its strategic role because of the dispossession of land and the denial of access for farmers to agricultural areas, water resources, domestic and external markets.  …

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Ancestral knowledge and reciprocal relationships with the land #16StoriesofCourage

December 4, 2021

To safeguard Mother Earth from extractive violence, Indigenous women land protectors are guided by ancestral knowledge and Indigenous understandings of the importance of reciprocal relationship with human and non-human entities.   “I know I was guided to be here and protect…

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Voices at risk – women human rights defenders #16StoriesofCourage

December 3, 2021

Women human rights defenders and peace activists are being criminalized, attacked and murdered in the Philippines in the government’s “war on terror” which has become a war against its own people. In August, Zara Alvarez, a well-known human rights defender…

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Women’s inheritance and land rights #16StoriesofCourage

December 2, 2021

| en français | Across the global South, rural women suffer widespread gender-based discrimination in laws, customs and practices that cause severe inequalities in their ability to access, control, own and use land and limit their participation in decision-making at…

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KAIROS denounces the harassment by armed actors against the OFP

December 1, 2021

In the midst of the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence, the Organización Femenina Popular (OFP), a KAIROS women, peace, and security partner, reports that OFP members as well as the Women’s Centre in the municipality of San Pablo are being harassed through stalking by armed actors.   Harassment,…

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Women, consent, and community consultations #16StoriesofCourage

December 1, 2021

| en español | Indigenous women must be central to decision-making spaces, such as community consultations on potential extractive projects in their territories. In Guatemala, Maya women mobilize their communities in community-wide referendums guided by Indigenous governance.   Community consultations are…

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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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