Women of Courage

Closer together with our global partners

March 30, 2020

“Caremongering” is a new word and one we hope becomes part of our lexicon as the world unfolds, we hope, towards the creation of more equitable, just, resilient and sustainable societies here at home and for our global partners.  Yet, the word, “home” is a curious one.   The virus reminds us of many things. One…

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Women of Courage partners and International Women’s Week

March 13, 2020

An overview of Women of Courage activities during International Women’s Week. Peruse the photo album at the bottom of this page. EcuVoice – ecumenical voice for peace and human rights in the Philippines dvenkatesan “We are women of faith. Today…

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The OFP commemorates International Women’s Day by highlighting grassroots feminist economies

March 11, 2020

“We are women living in rural and urban areas who are building a grassroots feminist economy.”  For International Women’s Day, the Organización Femenina Popular (OFP) co-organized a week of activities with other local organizations who are part of a network known as the…

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The Alternative Mining Indaba: A cautionary tale of constructive engagement

February 28, 2020

While in Africa for partnership visits, I took the opportunity to travel to South Africa to participate in the Alternative Mining Indaba in Cape Town and meet with WoMin African Alliance in early February. “Indaba” is a Zulu and Xhosa…

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

Ecumenical Network South Sudan and the value of persistent, patient advocacy

February 28, 2020

Concerned about a lack of global interest in the welfare of South Sudan, which for years has been mired in a brutal civil war, the Ecumenical Network South Sudan (ENSS)’s annual gathering focused on enhancing international advocacy and the role…

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

A women’s income generating collective in eastern DR Congo

February 28, 2020

A small collective of women is in the process of cultivating new hillside fields and planting sorghum and sweet potatoes for harvesting in June in Nayatende, South Kivu province in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).  They have plans to…

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

Report from the KAIROS delegation to Palestine and Israel last November

February 27, 2020

“Equality is the precondition to justice and peace will be the fruit.” The final report from the KAIROS delegation to Palestine and Israel last November is now available.  Delegates will be taking this report with them to Ottawa from March…

Post filed in: Middle East, Women of Courage

Gloria Chicaiza, Presente!

January 8, 2020

By Rachel Warden, Partnerships Manager We have lost a courageous and compassionate defender of life, nature and dignity and a dear friend. When I learned from our partner Acción Ecológica in Ecuador that Gloria Chicaiza had started her journey to…

Post filed in: Latin America, Women of Courage

Lost Harvest, Seeds of Hope

December 20, 2019

By Lana Robinson Today included a visit to the Canadian Embassy in Tel Aviv, a kibbutz, to meet with an Israeli peace activist, and a meeting with The Coalition of Women for Peace. Today marks the International Day for the…

Post filed in: Middle East, Women of Courage

A terrible beauty

December 20, 2019

By Paul Hansen After a week of profound experiences of occupation of a people, check points, human degradation, a formal liturgical moment was needed. I had come to name my experience of the first week in Palestine: A Terrible Beauty….

Post filed in: Middle East, Spirited Reflections, Women of Courage

Learning from historical trauma at Yad Vashem

December 19, 2019

By Lori Ransom For most of the past 15 years, my work has focused on healing and reconciliation from the historical trauma suffered by Indigenous children in Canadian residential schools. This has led to a deep interest in how communities…

Post filed in: Middle East, Women of Courage

No way to treat a child

December 18, 2019

By Helen Smith Yesterday when we visited Yad Vashem, the most difficult part for me was the sights and sounds of the children – in the ghettos and camps. Today began with a trip to Mehwar, a women’s shelter. The…

Post filed in: Middle East, Women of Courage

One Day: Three stories of resilience and self-determination

December 17, 2019

By Susan Johnson Story #1 from Qalqilya Our day started on the bus, again, but we travelled with Ramzi Zananari from International Christian Community, a founder of the Department of Services to Palestinian Refugees (DSPR). As we drove, Ramzi described…

Post filed in: Middle East, Women of Courage

You are the light of the world…let your light shine before others…

December 13, 2019

(Matt. 5:14,16) By Andreas Thiel What sort of courageous people did we encounter today? Not an inappropriate question to pose, considering that each day in the West Bank brings us face to face with individuals and groups that yield fresh…

Post filed in: Middle East, Spirited Reflections, Women of Courage

A conspiracy with the God of Hope

December 13, 2019

By Jennifer Henry I have rarely seen anything as beautiful as the group of women and children who gathered to meet the KAIROS delegation in Thabra in the West Bank. About thirty women and young children, all so incredibly welcoming…

Post filed in: Executive Director, Middle East, Women of Courage

Not your Grandmother’s pilgrimage

December 12, 2019

By Rosalyn Elm Packed into a tight airplane seat, excitement was building as we woke from our slumber, touching down in Tel Aviv. It was uneventful as we breezed through security and customs, and were greeted by our driver, Nassar….

Post filed in: Middle East, Women of Courage

“Come and see…and act” KAIROS solidarity delegation visits Palestine and Israel

December 11, 2019

The KAIROS Church Leaders Delegation to Palestine and Israel took place between Nov 17-28, 2019, bringing together 8 delegates – Indigenous persons, settlers, and newcomers – representing 7 members of KAIROS and the Executive Director of KAIROS (link to bios)….

Post filed in: Middle East, Women of Courage

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…

Post filed in: Gender Justice, Women of Courage

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…

Post filed in: Gender Justice, Women of Courage

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

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…

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

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…

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

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…

Post filed in: Gender Justice, Media Releases, Women of Courage

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…

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

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

Raising her voice: KAIROS calls on Canada to include grassroots women’s organizations in peace building policies and practice

October 8, 2019

This article was written by Kirsten Van Houten, Global Partnerships Coordinator @Kirsten Explores and Rachel Warden Partnerships Manager, KAIROS Canada @kairoscanada and published as a part of #WPSAdvice series on Oct. 6 on Women, Peace and Security-Network. A recent visit with our partners…

Post filed in: Asia-Pacific, Women of Courage

Hot off the press: Women, Peace and Security year one at a glance

October 4, 2019

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