Posts Tagged "colombia"

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…

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

Women’s critical role in peace building remains strong and visible in Colombia

November 16, 2016

The day after my arrival in Colombia I was travelling on the Magdalena Medio river in a small ferry with Gloria Amparo, coordinator of the Popular Feminist Organization (OFP),  to visit women’s centres (casas de Mujeres) in Puerte Wilches and…

Post filed in: Gender Justice, Latin America

NO MORE! END violence against women now! NO MAS!

November 14, 2016

Partner Tour to highlight violence against women in Colombia and Canada The United Nations has declared the period between November 25, the International Day to End Violence against Women and December 10, International Human Rights day, as 16 Days of…

Post filed in: Gender Justice, Latin America

KAIROS stands with Organizacion Femenina Popular (OFP) in Colombia

September 29, 2016

KAIROS stands with the Popular Feminist Organization (OFP), our partner in Colombia, as they prepare for the plebiscite on October 2 when Colombians will vote on the recently signed final Peace Accord. The OFP is currently working and praying for…

Post filed in: Latin America

URGENT ACTION: Indigenous Partner at Risk in Colombia

January 21, 2014

KAIROS is extremely concerned about the safety of Embera Chamí Indigenous leader, Flaminio Onogama Gutiérre from South West Colombia. Flaminio was in  Canada in 2010 as part of a KAIROS sponsored tour.  According to reports from Amnesty International,  Flaminio is…

Post filed in: Indigenous Rights, Latin America, UNDRIP Blog Updates

Another Empty Report on Human Rights and Trade in Colombia

July 2, 2013

On Friday afternoon, June 14, the Canadian government quietly released its second report on the human rights impacts of the Canada-Colombia Free Trade Agreement. The report is so narrowly focused that it is silent on most human rights concerns and,…

Post filed in: Latin America

Hopes and Prayers for Colombia: KAIROS sends messages to the Ecumenical Forum for Peace in Colombia

May 22, 2013

‘Announcement from the Ecumenical Forum for Peace’ (PDF) Anuncio del foro Ecuménico por la Paz (PDF) On May 18-19 hundreds of church leaders, clergy, ecumenical organizations and representatives of social movements gathered for the Ecumenical Forum for Peace in Bogota,…

Post filed in: Latin America

Colombian paramilitaries torture and murder Benedicta Joya Aponte while seeking her brother

May 21, 2013

Note from KAIROS: Just days before an Ecumenical Forum on Peace, May 18-19,  we received terrible news from church partners in Colombia. Benedicta Joya Aponte, a campesina woman and sister of a local priest, was brutally murdered in their home. …

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

Update on the Situation of the OFP

March 19, 2013

A few weeks ago we wrote to you with grave concerns about the safety and security of the leadership and families of the Popular Feminist Organization (OFP), our partner in Colombia. KAIROS and the OFP are grateful for your response,…

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

Colombia can now buy prohibited automatic firearms from Canada

January 14, 2013

On December 13th, 2012 the Government of Canada eased its ban on automatic firearms sales to Colombia and added Colombia to its Automatic Firearms Country Control List (AFCCL).  Although controls remain on exporters, Canadian gun merchants now have the possibility…

Post filed in: Latin America

Honouring human rights defenders in photos: A KAIROS slideshow for International Human Rights Day

December 11, 2012

KAIROS marks International Human Rights Day, December 10, and the following week of celebration by commemorating the courageous work of our human rights partners in Canada and in the Global South. Through our migrant justice, Indigenous rights, women of courage and…

Post filed in: Africa, Asia-Pacific, Latin America, Middle East

Message to the ONIC

October 12, 2012

From October 8-12, 4,000 Indigenous leaders and elders met in Bogota, Colombia for the VIII National Congress of the National Indigenous Organization of Colombia (ONIC), under the banner “For the Consolidation of our Territories, the strengthening of autonomy and the…

Post filed in: Executive Director, Indigenous Rights, Latin America

OFP, KAIROS’ partner org in Colombia, receives more death threats

September 20, 2012

KAIROS is gravely concerned by the news that members of the Popular Feminist Organization (OFP), our partner organization in Colombia, have received more death threats. On September 13, Gloria Amparo Suarez, from the leadership team of the OFP, received a…

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

Good News: Colombian government to restart peace talks with the FARC

August 30, 2012

After years of pressing the government and guerrilla movements to start new peace talks, Colombian churches and civil society groups welcomed the news on Monday, August 27that the Colombian government and one of the guerrilla armies (the Revolutionary Armed Forces…

Post filed in: Latin America

Report on Living Courage Eastern Tour and TRC, June 5-25, 2012

August 13, 2012

KAIROS partners, Claudia Castellanos, from the Popular Feminist Organization (OFP) in Colombia, and Lucy Talgieh from Wi’am: Palestinian Conflict Resolution Center in Bethlehem, Occupied Palestinian Territories visited communities in Nova Scotia, Newfoundland, Ontario and Saskatchewan during the Living Courage tour,…

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

Solidarity and Support for the Indigenous communities in Northern Cauca, Colombia

July 30, 2012

KAIROS is concerned with the situation facing Indigenous communities in Northern Cauca, Colombia and in particular with the escalation of violence in recent weeks.

Post filed in: Executive Director, Indigenous Rights, Latin America

Thank you from Colombia

July 17, 2012

July 13, 2012 Dear friends, Thank you so much for taking action to protect the lives of human rights defenders in the wake of the threats received last week. Your letters do make a difference and can save lives. Lilia…

Post filed in: Latin America

Serious Threats to Human Rights Defenders & Partners in Colombia

July 9, 2012

KAIROS is extremely concerned about recent news of a serious death threat to human rights defenders and partners in Colombia.  Thirteen human rights defenders—among them Lilia Solano of the Justice and Life Project, a KAIROS and United Church of Canada…

Post filed in: Latin America

Women’s Rights: Instruments for Lasting Peace

September 30, 2011

Collaborative Research & Analysis — “Women’s Rights: Instruments for Lasting Peace”” contributes research and analysis to the KAIROS Women of Courage Initiative, a program of research, education, networking and advocacy to promote women’s rights and support women’s rights defenders in…

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

Call to Action: Vigil for human rights and social justice in Colombia

September 20, 2011

On Thursday September 22nd, those able to afford the minimum $1,000 ticket price will attend a gala at the Ritz-Carlton in Toronto to honour Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos as Statesman of the Year. The award from the Canadian Council…

Post filed in: Latin America

KAIROS is deeply saddened and troubled by the recent murder of Father José Reinel Restrepo

September 19, 2011

View the Joint Letter ‘Re. the Assassination of Father José Reinel Restrepo of the municipality of Marmato, Colombia’   KAIROS is deeply saddened and troubled by the recent murder of Father José Reinel Restrepo, parish priest of the municipality of…

Post filed in: Latin America

Remembrance and Resistance

May 27, 2011

10 years is a long time. It’s amazing what you remember. I remember coming into my office at Deer Park United Church on Monday, June 4, 2001, to find colleagues frantically trying to determine the whereabouts of Kimy Pernia Domico,…

Post filed in: Latin America, UNDRIP Blog Updates

Women’s Rights : Instruments for Lasting Peace

May 14, 2011

‘Women’s Rights : Instruments for Lasting Peace’ contributes research and analysis to the KAIROS Women of Courage Initiative , a program of research, education, networking and advocacy to promote women’s rights and support women’s rights defenders in the global South….

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

The Struggle for Mining Accountability Continues in the Wake of Bill C-300

October 28, 2010

KAIROS is deeply disappointed by the defeat of Bill C-300 at its third reading in the House of Commons. The private member’s bill, which would have created new mechanisms to hold Canadian mining, oil and gas companies accountable when they…

Post filed in: Africa, Asia-Pacific, Ecological Justice, Latin America

Women of Courage delegate Vernie Yocogan writes article on the Colombia tour

September 15, 2010

Vernie Yocogan has posted a great article on the Women of Courage Colombia tour in the ‘Northern Dispatch (nordis) Weekly’, a blog of the nordis Weekly, a people’s newspaper for Northern Philippines: “Women’s Front: Women of Courage visits Colombia” http://www.nordis.net/?p=7682…

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

Returning home, but this is a beginning

August 27, 2010

We are all returning home after the Women of Courage delegation. It has been a rich and deep experience – unforgettable. I feel very lucky to have had the opportunity to travel with these amazing women and to get a…

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

Cora reflects on Women of Courage

August 25, 2010

This blog entry was written by CORA DE LA PENA I feel fortunate to be invited by KAIROS to participate in this Women of Courage project. I feel so privileged to be able to accompany the women in Colombia. In…

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