Posts Tagged "women peace and security"

“We have courage because of your support.”

December 24, 2020

Agnes Wasuk Petia (below), the Coordinator of the South Sudan Council of Churches’ National Women’s Programme (SSCC-NWP) told us this in 2018 when she was here to talk with people across Canada about the anti-violence and peace-building initiatives spearheaded by the SSCC-NWP.  Throughout this difficult, unique year, KAIROS has continued to…

Post filed in: Gender Justice/Women of Courage

Second South-South gathering of KAIROS Women, Peace & Security partners, November 24-27

December 17, 2020

From November 24-27 KAIROS Women of Courage: Women, Peace and Security partners gathered virtually for the second South-South gathering of the program. During this virtual gathering, partners had the opportunity to: share and reflect on their work with grassroots women peacebuilders;…

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Spirited Reflection: A Rigorous Spirituality

December 9, 2020

A Cry for Justice – Theological Reflection from the KAIROS Palestine-Israel Delegation In the late fall of 2019, I was part of the KAIROS Church Leaders’ Delegation to Israel/Palestine.  This was, as one of our delegates, Rosalyn Elm, put it “Not…

Post filed in: Middle East, Spirited Reflections

Women peacebuilders call for a voice at the table despite threats and lock downs

December 3, 2020

The pandemic has been particularly cruel to women, disproportionately impacting their wellbeing and safety, not only in Canada but also abroad. KAIROS’ international partners, operating in some of the most protracted conflict areas in the world, report dramatic increases in gender-based…

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

WPS South-South Gathering builds solidarity for women peacebuilders

December 2, 2020

Amidst a global pandemic, KAIROS’ Women of Courage partners gathered online in late November to learn from one another to help empower women in the Global South for an equitable, just and feminist recovery and transformation.   The second annual KAIROS’ Women of Courage: Women, Peace and Security South-South Gathering brought together Organización Femenina Popular (OFP) (Colombia), Héritiers de la…

Post filed in: Gender Justice/Women of Courage

Spirited Reflection: Mary of Palestine

November 30, 2020

A Cry for Justice – Theological Reflection from the KAIROS Palestine-Israel Delegation A year ago, I was travelling the roads and cobblestone paths of Palestine on the KAIROS Israel-Palestine delegation.  When you’re a Christian in Bethlehem, in the days leading up to Christmas, the gospel stories of Jesus’ birth resound in your heart.  In Manger…

Post filed in: Executive Director, Middle East, Spirited Reflections

Reflection on Stories of Courage, Stories of Change

November 26, 2020

This morning I was honoured to be witness to the KAIROS Women of Courage: Women, Peace, and Security gathering. In this gathering, women from South Sudan, Colombia, The Democratic Republic of Congo, and Palestine shared their experience of gender-based violence…

Post filed in: Gender Justice/Women of Courage

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…

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

MEDIA RELEASE: Empowered women peacebuilders share stories of courage and change, November 26

November 24, 2020

KAIROS online event gathers frontline global partners and government officials on the crucial role of women peacebuilding (Toronto, Ontario) – Global women peacebuilders will share their stories of courage and change for inclusive, equitable and just peace on Thursday, November 26, at 10:00 a.m. – noon EST during an online public event by KAIROS’ Women…

Post filed in: Gender Justice/Women of Courage, Media Releases

Just transformation needed now: KAIROS responds to the 2020 Speech from the Throne

September 30, 2020

The Government of Canada addressed the pandemic – “our generation’s crossroad” – and how it plans to “build back better” in the much-anticipated Speech from the Throne on September 23. The speech touched on racism, gender and income inequality, the environmental crisis, dislocation, and the struggles facing Indigenous and global communities.   While the government addressed each issue separately, they intersect and are amplified by a pandemic that exacerbates human…

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

On International Day of Peace, KAIROS joins network in calling for Peace in South Sudan

September 21, 2020

KAIROS joins members of the Ecumenical Network South Sudan (ENSS) and partners of the South Sudan Council of Churches (SSCC) in calling international attention to the urgent need for peace in South Sudan. The ENSS has released a statement on the International Day of Peace, September 21st which describes the humanitarian crisis in South Sudan and…

Post filed in: Africa, Gender Justice/Women of Courage

Continued action needed to end attacks against human rights defenders in the Philippines with killing of Zara Alvarez

August 24, 2020

Zara Alvarez, a brave, well-known human rights defender who worked with a member organization of KAIROS partner Ecumenical Voice for Human Rights and Peace in the Philippines (EcuVoice), was fatally shot in Bacolod City on the Negros Island on August…

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

Berta Cáceres’ legacy among women land and water defenders in Latin America

June 30, 2020

By Ivonne Ramos  KAIROS closes Indigenous Women’s Month with a reflection by Ivonne Ramos of Acción Ecológica (Ecuador). Ivonne was one of three panelists for KAIROS’ virtual book launch of Who Killed Berta Cáceres? Dams, Death Squads, and an Indigenous Defender’s Battle for the Planet. Vidalina Morales, president of ADES and a friend of Berta, and Nina…

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

The Art of Sofía Acosta Varea (La Suerte)

June 20, 2020

Yesterday, KAIROS brought you an interview with Sofía Acosta Varea. Today, we bring you a sample of her work.   . . CACAÑAN (A Crappy Road)  Sometimes it’s good to see so much crap running around town.  Take water from the Machángara River. Mix this water with…

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

KAIROS Interviews La Suerte (Sofía Acosta)

June 19, 2020

(sigue el texto en español) Sofía Acosta Varea aka La Suerte is an Ecuadorian visual artist who designed Mother Earth and Resource Extraction: Women Defending Land and Water’s (MERE Hub) logo and has created all of the illustrations for KAIROS’ digital hub on the gendered impacts of resource extraction. This…

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

Take action for international human rights and against annexation

June 18, 2020

Our choices define us as people and nations. It is our prayer that Canada will choose to be a nation that does not remain silent in the face of illegal actions but will work alongside other nations to uphold human…

Post filed in: Gender Justice/Women of Courage, Middle East

Women peacebuilders key to just recovery towards a post-pandemic world

June 8, 2020

These days in Canada we often hear the phrase “We’re stronger together.” But stronger how? And who, precisely, are “we?” COVID-19 has exposed the vulnerability of certain communities and, in my work in Canada and globally with Indigenous peoples, migrant…

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

June 18: Stories of Courage: Women Defending Land and Water in Canada and Brazil

June 1, 2020

Watch our webinar recordings online. Join KAIROS’ MERE Hub on June 18h at 11:00am PDT / 2:00pm EDT/ 3:00pm ADT for Stories of Courage: Women Defending Land and Water in Canada and Brazil. This online teach-in is the last in a series of virtual events in…

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

KAIROS and members sign ecumenical letter calling on Canada to uphold international law and the rights of Palestinians

May 19, 2020

KAIROS has joined several members churches in signing an ecumenical public letter to Foreign Affairs Minister, Francois-Philippe Champagne, expressing grave concern about Canada’s silence regarding the government of Israel’s plans to propose a vote in the Knesset (likely July 1st) on annexing a significant part…

Post filed in: Gender Justice/Women of Courage, Middle East

An act of care: reframing global efforts to contain COVID-19

May 13, 2020

The narrative of war and rallying support for the battle of our lives and those of our fellow citizens excludes anyone who does not conform to a dominant masculine/feminine binary narrative. We are waging war , we are told. We…

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

KAIROS African partners respond to the COVID-19 Pandemic

May 6, 2020

In order to avoid the spread of virus COVID-19, “We must also be particularly aware exactly what we normally do, is what we should not do now, if we want to protect life.” A quote from the Pastoral Message from the South Sudan Council of…

Post filed in: Africa, Gender Justice/Women of Courage

Women peacebuilders respond to COVID-19

May 6, 2020

Advising remote communities on how to protect themselves from COVID-19 and assisting women who are experiencing an increase in gender-based and domestic violence are a few of the ways that KAIROS’ Women of Courage: Women, Peace and Security partners are responding to the…

Post filed in: Africa, Asia-Pacific, Gender Justice/Women of Courage, Latin America, Middle East

Online Teach-in on Community Self-determination in the Face of Resource Extraction in Guatemala and Canada

April 14, 2020

On Wednesday, April 22, join MiningWatch Canada for “Finding Common Ground: Community self-determination in the face of resource extraction in Guatemala and Canada.” This KAIROS-endorsed online teach-in will focus on the peaceful resistance to the Escobal silver mine in southeastern Guatemala owned by Pan American Silver (formerly…

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

Support for the National Council of Churches in the Philippines and their Lenten Call

April 8, 2020

Care and compassion for the poor, do not arrest or shoot them  “A systematic distribution of food and other assistance are imperative right now. Again, our Lenten call, test more people and help the poor, do not arrest or shoot them,”  …

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

Closer together with our global partners

March 30, 2020

“Caremongering” is a new word and one we hope becomes part of our lexicon as the world unfolds, we hope, towards the creation of more equitable, just, resilient and sustainable societies here at home and for our global partners.  Yet, the word, “home” is a curious one.   The virus reminds us of many things. One…

Post filed in: Gender Justice/Women of Courage

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…

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

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…

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

Spirited Reflection: Coping with lockdown, quarantine, staying-at-home

March 25, 2020

A long-time partner of KAIROS in the Philippines, Vernie Yocogan-Diano, shared the following with us to keep up our spirits, to learn from the Igorot and to remind us all worldwide of the choices we face. In northern  Philippines, the Igorot (a collective term for Indigenous peoples in the Cordillera mountain region) are composed of several…

Post filed in: Asia-Pacific, Spirited Reflections