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OFP to celebrates 50 years of sowing life, territory and peace in Colombia

May 30, 2022

On July 21, the Organización Femenina Popular (OFP), a KAIROS Women, Peace and security partner in Colombia, will celebrate its 50th anniversary. This represents an incredible history and achievement – 50 years of working with communities and grassroots women in…

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

Event

WOMEN PEACEBUILDERS BUILD BACK with ENVIRONMENTAL and ECONOMIC SECURITY

A virtual parallel event at the NGO-CSW66 Forum. Session will be available in English, French and Spanish. SESSION FOCUS Broaden the approach and intersection of Women, Peace and Security to include economic injustice and the climate crisis. Support wholistic women-led…

KAIROS joins partners in condemning the assassination of human rights defenders Teófilo Acuña Ribón and Jorge Alberto Tafur in Colombia

March 2, 2022

On February 22, Teófilo Acuña Ribón and Jorge Alberto Tafur, two well respected human rights defenders working for land rights in Colombia were killed. Teófilo and Jorge Alberto are two of thirty-three human rights defenders murdered thus far in 2022…

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KAIROS denounces the harassment by armed actors against the OFP

December 1, 2021

In the midst of the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence, the Organización Femenina Popular (OFP), a KAIROS women, peace, and security partner, reports that OFP members as well as the Women’s Centre in the municipality of San Pablo are being harassed through stalking by armed actors.   Harassment,…

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Congratulations to the OFP on their 49th anniversary

July 22, 2021

This week the Organización Femenina Popular (OFP) celebrates their 49th anniversary.   The OFP will be hosting two public events in Spanish this week to commemorate the organization’s forty-nine years:  Thursday, July 22 at 5:00pm EDT | Virtual conversation on the feminist economic alternatives on Facebook Live via the OFP’s Facebook account   Saturday,…

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

National feminist vigil in Colombia

May 31, 2021

“We cry out for a just and true peace, a peace that mobilizes us in love for other people and nature, a peace that guarantees respect for human rights, a peace that allows all Colombian families to store sufficient water…

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Organización Femenina Popular’s call to the international community

May 10, 2021

“Women have suffered from hunger, fear, and uncertainty in the face of deepening poverty and unemployment; we have feared that everything could get worse by having to pay more or eat less in the face of the proposed tax reform; we have felt the fragility…

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

KAIROS condemns the Colombian government’s violent repression of its people

May 5, 2021

Since April 28, 2021, thousands of people have taken to the streets of Colombia; the initial catalyst of the protests was the federal government’s proposed tax hike. Amid the social, economic, and health impacts of the pandemic as well as the ongoing insecurity—massacres, the targeting of…

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

Gender-based violence in Colombia, from the utopia of norms to reality #CSW65

April 20, 2021

Among the many conclusions at the UN Commission on the Status of Women as well as figures and statistics—concrete data and real cases—on the global increase of gender-based violence experienced in the last year due to the pandemic, the specific case of Colombia continues to astonish. In Colombia femicides have increased by 175% compared to last year, with a total of 630 femicides during 2020.  Despite this reality, there is…

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Ecumenical Forum for Peace pens open letter to Colombian President

February 16, 2021

“The escalation of the armed conflict and the expansion of violence in addition to the health crisis are putting some human groups and communities at serious risk of extinction—t heir survival is in peril.  All this is aggravated by the systematic murder of ethnic…

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The OFP Calls for a National State of Emergency

November 25, 2020

This fall marks both the 20th anniversary of the United Nations Security Council’s Resolution 1325 and the fourth anniversary of the ratification of the Peace Accords in Colombia between the government and the former guerrilla group, the FARC. Integrating some of UNSCR 1325’s recommendations, Colombia’s Peace Accords have been heralded for their attention to the gendered…

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Demand that the Government of Canada Support Peace in Colombia

October 29, 2020

Violence in Colombia continues undaunted, and in some ways aggravated, by the COVID-19 pandemic. Just days after public health directives were put in place to contain the spread of the coronavirus in March, Carlota Isabel Salinas Pérez, a member of the Organización Femenina Popular (OFP) was killed. Carlota is…

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

KAIROS condemns surge in violence and massacres in Colombia

September 16, 2020

KAIROS joins several civil society organizations in Canada including human rights, labour, and church groups in supporting the Committee for Human Rights in Latin America’s (CDHAL) solidarity statement published earlier this week condemning the surge in violence and the massacres that have swept both urban and rural regions of Colombia in recent weeks.   The intensification of violence in…

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

Support the OFP in Colombia establish a community radio station

August 5, 2020

The Organización Femenina Popular (OFP), one of KAIROS’ partners in the Women Courage: Women, Peace, and Security program, is raising funds to establish their community radio station, La Mohana FM. The OFP was awarded the radio licence in December 2019 and must now secure the funds…

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KAIROS denounces the feminicide of María Angélica Polanco Medina of Barrancabermeja, Colombia

July 24, 2020

“It is with pain that we once again witness barbarism, dehumanization, and cruelty on the bodies of women.” Organización Femenina Popular  On July 22, the Organización Femenina Popular (OFP), a KAIROS partner, released a statement mourning the death and denouncing the feminicide of María Angélica Polanco Medina, an educator…

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Large-scale resource extraction exacerbates the threat of COVID-19 across the American hemisphere, especially for Indigenous peoples

May 4, 2020

Across Abya Yala and Turtle Island, territories otherwise known as America, governmental and corporate responses to and amid the spread of the novel coronavirus have put into sharp focus the crisis of the status quo. This is especially true of large-scale resource extraction. The grave threat…

Post filed in: Ecological Justice, Gender Justice/Women of Courage, Indigenous Rights, Op Eds & Rabble

KAIROS Canadá condena la violencia que ha sido exacerbada por COVID-19 en Colombia

March 27, 2020

KAIROS: Iniciativas ecuménicas canadienses por la justicia, que aglutina a diez iglesias y organizaciones religiosas, condena los asesinatos de líderes y lideresas sociales a lo igual que el aumento de la violencia basada en género que han acompañado la propagación de COVID-19 en Colombia.  El 25 de marzo, KAIROS se enteró del feminicidio de una…

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KAIROS condemns the violence that has been exacerbated by COVID-19 in Colombia

March 27, 2020

KAIROS: Canadian Ecumenical Justice Initiatives, which unites ten churches and religious organizations, condemns the assassinations of social leaders and the rise in gender-based violence that have accompanied the spread of COVID-19 in Colombia.  On March 25, KAIROS learned about the feminicide of a long-time member of the Organización…

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A peace process undermined: Land defense and the non-repetition of violence in Colombia

March 13, 2020

The non-repetition of violence is a cornerstone of Colombia’s Peace Agreement between the government and the FARC—the former guerilla group (now political party). Recently published reports by the UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights defenders in Colombia…

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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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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…

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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…

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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…

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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,…

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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,…

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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. …

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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/Women of Courage, Latin America