Women of Courage

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

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…

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Hot off the Press: Women, Peace and Security Year One at a glance

October 4, 2019

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We need more Canadian aid. Not less.

October 3, 2019

The planet is in crisis.  Over the last few weeks more than 6 million people, mostly youth, from around the world have mobilized under the message, “We want you to panic!”  Both the analysis of this crisis and the responding…

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Nairobi workshop helps break down onerous reporting barriers for Women, Peace and Security African partners

September 23, 2019

Staff of the South Sudan Council of Churches (SSCC) and Héritiers de la Justice (HJ) in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), two of the five KAIROS Women of Courage: Women, Peace and Security partners, met in Nairobi, Kenya…

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On the eve of International Day of Peace, a strong statement for peace in Colombia

September 20, 2019

Over forty non-governmental, labour and faith-based groups from across Canada, including KAIROS and a number of our members, have signed a joint statement denouncing the escalating human rights crisis and urging the Canadian Government to take strong action to support…

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Philippines Partners’ Visit, August 23- September 3, 2019

September 12, 2019

At the partners’ roundtable on the first day of our visit to the Philippines, Bishop Rex Reyes challenged us to be “credible, consistent and courageous” in our solidarity and advocacy work. This became a theme throughout our trip as we…

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A story of results by KAIROS partner Héritiers de la Justice: Gender Equity in Inheritance

July 16, 2019

During a recent partner visit to Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Jim Davis, Africa Partnership Coordinator,  was asked by Chantal Bilulu, Women and Children’s program coordinator of KAIROS partner  Héritiers  de la Justice, to share the following story of impact….

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Canadian Subcommittee on Human Rights releases report on women human rights defenders

July 16, 2019

KAIROS welcomes the release of “Raising Her Voice: Confronting the Unique Challenges Facing Women Human Rights Defenders,” the Subcommittee on International Human Rights of the House of Commons Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and International Development’s report on women human…

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KAIROS Partners in Colombia

July 10, 2019

This is the second of two blogposts on KAIROS’ recent visit to Colombia. Read the first blog post There is nothing post-conflict about Colombia KAIROS partners on the ground, the Mesa Ecuménica por La Paz (Ecumenical Forum for Peace, MEP) and…

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KAIROS partner in BC: Néné Lubalal highlights the need to empower women peacebuilders

June 18, 2019

KAIROS partner Néné Lubala from Heritiers de la Justice in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and Rachel Warden KAIROS, partnership manager, met with members of the local KAIROS committee while in Vancouver for the Women Deliver Conference. Néné…

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KAIROS welcomes Canada’s first-ever Ambassador for Women, Peace and Security

June 13, 2019

KAIROS joins other members of the Women, Peace & Security Network-Canada (WPSN-C) in applauding the Government of Canada for the appointment of Canada’s first-ever Ambassador for Women, Peace and Security and in welcoming Jacqueline O’Neill to this new post. WPSN-C…

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KAIROS urges Canada to deliver on funding for grassroots women peace builders

May 16, 2019

KAIROS urges the Government of Canada to use the upcoming Women Deliver Conference in Vancouver as an opportunity to make a very important announcement: increased funding to grassroots women peace builders. The global conference on women’s equality, well-being and rights…

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KAIROS Partnership with Wi’am

April 3, 2019

Wi’am: the Palestinian Conflict Transformation Center is a respected, longstanding KAIROS partner, committed to peace building and human rights. For many years, it has received support not only from Canadian church and church related groups, such as the United Church…

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Budget 2019: KAIROS analysis

March 28, 2019

While Budget 2019 contains encouraging investments in Indigenous communities and the transition to a clean energy economy, it falls short in many other areas. What follows is an assessment of what Budget 2019 means for issues related to the KAIROS…

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

Reflections on the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women (CSW63)

March 25, 2019

I have just returned from an intense week at the United Nations Commission on Status of Women (CSW63) forum with Agnes Petia, Coordinator of the South Sudan Council of Churches National Women’s Programme (SSCC-NWP). The CSW’s priority theme this year…

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KAIROS’ partners celebrate International Women’s Day in Colombia

March 20, 2019

In Colombia Women Continue Braiding for Life, Territory, and Peace “Our political commitment as a women’s social movement…has as purpose our liberation as oppressed subjects as well as the continued demand for the protection of nature as a historical legacy…

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Highlights from International Women’s Day celebrations

March 15, 2019

8 Messages from 8 Women for March 8th On International Women’s Day, March 8, KAIROS kick-started the campaign 8 Women, 8 Messages, highlighting the voices of a few of the many courageous, creative and tenacious women we work with in…

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Reporting from UN Commission on Status of Women (CSW63)

March 14, 2019

The Holistic Care for Survivors of Sexual Violence in Conflict: A Session hosted by Nobel Peace Laureate Dr. Denis Mukwege Jane Thirikwa, KAIROS partnership coordinator and Agnes Petia from National Women’s Program of the South Sudan Council of Churches continue…

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KAIROS attends Canadian reception at the UN Commission on Status of Women (CSW63)

March 13, 2019

Agnes Petia, the Coordinator of the South Sudan Council of Churches National Women’s Programme (SSCC-NWP) and Jane Thirikwa, Global Partnerships Coordinator, attended a reception hosted by Marc-André Blanchard, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Canada to the United Nations, for Canadian…

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Balance for Better = Equilibrium for all

March 6, 2019

This International Women’s Day we will march under the banner, Balance for Better. At first, I wasn’t sure what to make of this slogan, given the current environment. What does balance mean in a context of growing extremism, patriarchy and…

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MP Laverdière presents the “Women of Courage” petition in the House of Commons

February 25, 2019

KAIROS had started an online letter campaign to ask Canadians to send a letter to their Member of Parliament asking for an increase in international assistance and an increase in funding to women peace builders. Our goal was to ensure that…

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Feminist Foreign Aid: Women peace builders are worth the investment

January 16, 2019

Peace-building sounds lofty and is often seen as the responsibility of world leaders and armed actors, but quite often it is manifested in the tireless work of women and male allies in communities caught in a conflict’s cross-fire. Héritiers de…

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Les femmes qui construisent la paix valent l’investissement

December 20, 2018

La consolidation de la paix a l’air noble et est souvent perçue comme relevant de la responsabilité des dirigeants mondiaux et des acteurs armés. Elle se manifeste aussi assez souvent dans le travail inlassable des femmes et de leurs alliés…

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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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