Women of Courage

Women of Courage: Perspectives from Inaugural Global Partners Gathering

November 30, 2018

KAIROS is truly honoured to have hosted ten partners at the inaugural Women of Courage: Women, Peace and Security global partners gathering in Toronto and Ottawa, November 19 – 27. The gathering highlighted the critical role that women’s grassroots organizations…

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Spirited Reflection: Women of Courage – making visible the women who work for peace

November 21, 2018

I am not a theologian, but when I hear the passage from Luke 19 and Jesus’s words as he enters the city of Jerusalem: “If you, even you, had only recognized on this day the things that make for peace….

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#HearMeToo: women-led grassroots organizations are best chance to end violence

November 19, 2018

Research by UN Women also tells us that only five per cent of international funds are allocated to programs targeting gender equality and women’s empowerment in fragile states. Canada can change this chronic underfunding by investing in the best chance for sustained peace…

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KAIROS Women of Courage global partners visit Toronto and Ottawa, November 19-27

November 12, 2018

KAIROS Canada will host an inaugural Women of Courage: Women, Peace and Security partners gathering from November 19 – 27, 2018 in Toronto and Ottawa,  bringing together for the first time our five international partners: Héritiers de la Justice –…

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KAIROS partner, South Sudan Council of Churches responds to latest peace plan in South Sudan

October 22, 2018

As a Church, we believe that peace is not something on paper. Peace is a practical reality on  the ground.” This time the peace agreement must not be allowed to fail. This time they will hammer their swords into plowshares…

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Héritiers de la Justice collaboration with 2018 Nobel Peace Prize co-laureate Dr. Dénis Mukwege 

October 12, 2018

Photo: Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Dr. Dénis Mukwege congratulated by local civil society partners October 6, 2018 at Panzi Hospital in Bukavu, Democratic Republic of the Congo including Neema Lubala, sixth from right, and Chantal Bilulu from KAIROS partner Héritiers…

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NEW VIDEO: Women of Courage in Colombia talk about peace

September 5, 2018

In conflict and post-conflict zones, such as Colombia, there is often a tendency to treat victims only as victims—instead of hearing what they have to say about what they expect. Here are voices of women from Colombia and elsewhere, including…

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Resilience and collective responsibility in peace building in Palestine

August 20, 2018

In July, my colleague Rachel Warden and I travelled to the West Bank to visit with Wi’am: Palestinian Conflict Transformation Center, one of five KAIROS partner organizations in the Women of Courage: Women, Peace and Security (WPS) program. I was…

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Grassroots feminist initiatives for peace in post-agreement Colombia

July 30, 2018

In the Magdalena Medio region of Colombia, where the Organización Femenina Popular (Popular Feminist Organization or OFP) operates, a climate of political uncertainty, social insecurity, and economic precarity prevails. While the signing of the Final Peace Agreement—unprecedented in its inclusion…

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Canada boosts transformative work of grassroots women peace builders

June 26, 2018

Women are often prime targets in war but, when given the chance, they can also be critical agents for peace. Isabel Caicedo is one such woman. Forcibly displaced from her home after paramilitary forces massacred her neighbours during a decades-long…

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Video message from our partners about Global Affairs Canada funding

May 30, 2018

Today we celebrate resilience and solidarity!  We are delighted to announce that the KAIROS proposal to Global Affairs Canada for Women of Courage: Women Peace and Security, a five country, five year project led by grassroots women, has been fully…

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MEDIA RELEASE: KAIROS’ Women of Courage: Women, Peace and Security Program to receive $4.5 million

May 30, 2018

(le français suit) (Toronto, ON) – KAIROS Canada is thrilled to announce a renewed collaboration with the Government of Canada to deliver Women of Courage: Women, Peace and Security in Colombia, the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), the Philippines, South…

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KAIROS women resist mining at international gathering in Montreal

May 2, 2018

More than 40 women, mostly Indigenous, from 15 countries exchanged experiences and strategies of resilience and resistance against mining in their communities at the Women Resisting Extractivism gathering in Montreal from April 27 to 29. In testimony after testimony the…

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Colombian women speak peace, May 4 in Toronto

May 2, 2018

KAIROS Canada hosts Colombian partner, Organización Femenina Popular for panel on Women, Peace and Security (Toronto, ON) – Two Colombian women peace builders will visit Toronto on May 4 to share their work in empowering women victims of Colombia’s 50-year…

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KAIROS Partner Delegation Participates in the International Gathering Women Resisting Extractivism in Montreal, April 27-30

April 16, 2018

From April 27 to 30, KAIROS delegates from Canada and the Global South will participate in the International Gathering of Women Resisting Extractivism in Montreal. This gathering will bring together more than 40 land and life defenders from around the…

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NEW VIDEO! Women Building Peace in South Sudan: Agnes Wasuk Petia and Awak Deng

March 15, 2018

This International Women’s Day, we honoured and celebrated two women of courage: Agnes Wasuk Petia and Awak Deng from the National Women’s Programme of the South Sudan Council of Churches (SSCC), a KAIROS partner. The following 5 minute video, Women…

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KAIROS Women of Courage Program: Being a Feminist every day of the year

March 7, 2018

On International Women’s Day everyone is encouraged to be a feminist.  It’s one day of the year where we have the rare opportunity to highlight the women’s movement and the significant achievements of courageous women, as well as current struggles…

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Support women peace-builders on International Human Rights Day

December 8, 2017

“The role of women in peace-making in South Sudan is crucial.” These are the words of Agnes Wasuk Petia, reflecting on the conflict in South Sudan that she has lived through for much of her life. Agnes and Awak Deng,…

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‘Be the spark’: South Sudanese women call on Canada for help

December 5, 2017

“Women are used like tools in war,” but with help they could be peacemakers, says Agnes Wasuk Petia Photo: Agnes Wasuk Petia (right) and Awak Hussein Deng are both involved in national women’s programming for the South Sudan Council of…

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COMMUNIQUÉ de PRESSE: Des femmes leaders du Soudan du Sud appellent le Canada à soutenir les femmes artisanes de la paix

November 22, 2017

Deux représentantes du Conseil des Églises du Soudan du Sud visitent sept villes canadiennes dans le cadre de la tournée No Mas II, du 24 novembre au 10 décembre 2017  (Toronto, Ont.) – Exhorter le gouvernement du Canada à soutenir,…

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MEDIA RELEASE: South Sudan women leaders urge Canada to support women peace builders

November 21, 2017

Two representatives from South Sudan Council of Churches to tour seven Canadian cities during No Mas II tour, November 24 – December 10 (Toronto, ON) – Urging the Canadian government’s political and financial support for grassroots women’s organizations to ensure…

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MEDIA ADVISORY: Women’s grassroots peace building featured at Kitchener-Waterloo events, November 26-27

November 6, 2017

South Sudanese women peace leaders in Canada to address gender-based violence and women’s empowerment as part of KAIROS’ seven-city No Más II tour  (Toronto, ON) – Two South Sudanese women will present a compelling case for Canadian political and financial…

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MEDIA ADVISORY: Women’s grassroots peace building featured at Toronto event, November 24

November 3, 2017

South Sudanese women peace leaders kick off Canadian No Más II tour in Toronto (Toronto, ON) – Two South Sudanese women will present a compelling case for Canadian political and financial support for community-based women’s organizations focused on peace building…

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27th Annual Feb 14 Women’s Memorial March for missing and murdered Indigenous women in Canada

January 31, 2017

On February 14, KAIROS will join Indigenous and non Indigenous groups from across Canada in remembering and honouring our missing and murdered sisters in Canada. More than 1,000 Indigenous women have been murdered or have gone missing, most over the last…

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Partners Tour to highlight violence against women in Colombia and in Canada

October 19, 2016

Gloria Amparo Suarez of the Organización Femenina Popular (OFP), a Colombian women’s rights organization and KAIROS partner, will visit Canada from Nov 23 to Dec 4. The KAIROS sponsored educational tour is timed to include the 16 Days of Activism…

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Letter to Prime Minister Trudeau on the current situation in Democratic Republic of Congo

July 13, 2016

In this letter to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, KAIROS joins four other human rights organizations in calling on the Canadian government to support democracy and human rights in the Democratic Republic of Congo by increasing diplomatic pressure on the Kinshasa government to hold…

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South Sudan Council of Churches condemns the violence in Juba & calls for de-escalation & calm

July 11, 2016

KAIROS is deeply concerned and saddened by the outbreak of violence in Juba, South Sudan, this past week. The following statement from our ecumenical partner, the South Sudan Council of Churches (SSCC), condemning the violence and calling for de-escalation and…

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