KAIROS virtual UN event to spotlight women’s key role in peace and sustainable development, March 22


KAIROS Media Release

March 8, 2022 (International Women’s Day) 

Toronto – Treaty 13 with the Mississaugas of the Credit 

WHAT 

The intersection of conflict, the climate crisis and economic injustice and women’s powerful role in peace and sustainable development, will be the focus of KAIROS Canada’s interactive workshop, Women peacebuilders build back with environmental and economic security, a virtual parallel event at the 2022 United Nations Commission on the Status of Women (CSW66), held March 22 from 10 a.m. to noon EST.  

This event will include English, French and Spanish translation.  

WHEN 

Tuesday, March 22, 2022, 10:00 a.m. to noon EST. 

WHERE 

Online. Register here: kairoscanada.org/join-us-for-women-of-courage-workshop-csw66  

WHY 

The intersection of conflict, the climate crisis and economic injustice is often overlooked in policy and practice. Moreover, the gender dimensions of security and climate issues, primarily led by women, are often not r understood, prioritized, or integrated in security and climate policies. In the workshop, KAIROS and its global Women, Peace and Security partners will spotlight these gaps and the powerful role that local women and girls play in peacebuilding, climate action and economic development.   

Since 2019, KAIROS and its Women of Courage partners have participated in the CSW to highlight their work and advocate for sustainable, just and equitable peace. KAIROS’ virtual workshop aligns with CSW66’s theme: “achieving gender equality and the empowerment of all women and girls in the context of climate change, environment and disaster risk reduction policies and programmes.” 

Canadian participants will be encouraged to contact their Members of Parliament to urge the federal government to increase its overseas development assistance to reach the international standard by 2030, meet its international climate commitments and ensure that funding reaches grassroots women’s rights and peacebuilding organizations. 

WHO 

Panelists: 

  • Chantal Bilulu, Program Officer, Women and Children Program, Héritiers de la Justice (HJ), Democratic Republic of the Congo 
  • Natalia Atz Sunuc, President of the Board of Directors and Legal Representative, Kaji’ Ajpop, Guatemala 
  • Sherry Pictou (PhD), Honorary District Chief, Confederacy of Mainland Mi’kmaq, & Assistant Professor, Schulich School of Law – Dalhousie University, L’sɨtkuk/Bear River First Nation 
  • Beverly Longid, Coordinator, International Indigenous People Movement for Self-Determination and Liberation, Philippines 

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

Recent related KAIROS op-eds: 

The Hill Times: Decolonization is at the heart of effective climate action, by Radia Mbengue. 

Canada’s National Observer: Climate change’s assault on ecosystems is violence against women, by Jane Thirikwa 

About KAIROS: Canadian Ecumenical Justice Initiatives: 

KAIROS is a social justice organization that includes ten Canadian churches and religious organizations. We are Indigenous, settlers and newcomers in Canada working with people of faith or conscience all over the world for ecological justice and human rights. We deliberate on issues of common concern, advocate for social change, and join with people of faith and goodwill in action for social transformation. Learn more: KAIROS Canada website.  

Media Contact:

Cheryl McNamara, Media Coordinator, KAIROS Canada 
416-875-0097 (mobile), cmcnamara@kairoscanada.org 


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