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  1. Canadian government must support women’s rights organizations in these troubled times 
  2. Congolese human rights defenders need our support 
  3. KAIROS response to federal government decisions on pipeline projects 
  4. 16 women of courage to inspire us during the #16Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence Campaign 
  5. NO MÁS! End Violence against Women NOW tour 
  6. The KAIROS Blanket Exercise receives high profile attention 
  7. Recognition to outgoing KAIROS regional reps for their outstanding contribution to the KAIROS network 
  8. Christmas video message this week!
  9. Make a Christmas donation today
  10. Standing in Solidarity with Migrant Workers on December 18 
  11. Featured Resource
  12. Featured Partner
  13. Spirited Reflections
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Canadian government must support women’s rights organizations in these troubled times

In the wake of the U.S. election, when hope seems very dim for those committed to women’s rights and gender justice, we can be inspired by women’s rights organizations worldwide that continue to secure justice and build peace despite huge obstacles.

The government of Canada has noticed that these organizations can be key drivers in building sustainable peace movements in the Global South. But the welcome feminist words need to be backed up with appropriate funding and public support. Read more.


Congolese human rights defenders need our support

The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) is a political tinderbox ready to explode as President Joseph Kabila’s second mandate draws to a close on December 19 with no sign of his ceding power or facilitating a democratic transition. KAIROS asks that you keep the women and men of Congo in your thoughts and prayers, and to please consider making a special donation to KAIROS at this critical time to support human rights defenders in DRC and help promote democracy and rule of law. Read more.


KAIROS response to federal government decisions on pipeline projects

KAIROS is dismayed with the federal government’s decision to approve the expansion of the Trans Mountain pipeline, as announced by Prime Minister Trudeau on November 29. Read more.


16 women of courage to inspire us during the #16Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence Campaign

From November 25  to December 10, KAIROS highlighted a different woman of courage on Facebook every day. Read more.


NO MÁS! End Violence against Women NOW tour

Isabel Caicedo Polanco toured Canada from November 23 to December 4. She works for the Organizacion Femenina Popular, one of the most respected, resilient and effective women's rights organizations in Colombia. KAIROS presented panel discussions on gender-based violence in Toronto (Nov 25), Quebec City (Nov 27), Montreal (Nov 29), and Ottawa (Dec 1) that featured Isabel and her Canadian counterparts. Read more.

During the tour, Radio Canada International interviewed Isabel Caicedo Polanco and KAIROS’ Rachel Warden in Spanish. Read the article and listen to the podcast.


The KAIROS Blanket Exercise receives high profile attention 

Recently, KAIROS presented its Blanket Exercise to notable participants. 

Mike Downie, brother of famed Tragically Hip front man Gord Downie, joined a facilitator training session in Toronto with Elder Andrew Wesley and Audrey Rochette, a clan leader with the Native Students Association at the University of Toronto, and KAIROS’ Shannon Neufeldt. He was there at the bidding of one of the participants to learn more about KAIROS and the Blanket Exercise. 

Downie was joined by University of Toronto students, diversity educators, teachers from the Toronto District School Board, a Christian camping organization that recently negotiated a KAIROS Blanket Exercise (KBE) Memorandum of Understanding, and an Indigenous consulting firm that is planning to add the KBE to its list of Indigenous awareness and cultural sensitivity training workshops. 

In Thunder Bay, KAIROS’ Ed Bianchi facilitated a Mass Blanket Exercise for more than 100 participants at the Gladue Summit, which was organized by the Ministry of the Attorney General's Indigenous Justice Division. Among those participating were the Chief Justice of Ontario and approximately a dozen of his colleagues, 13 members of the newly formed Elders Council that will advise the Ministry on matters related to Indigenous people and the justice system, crown attorneys, defense counsel and Ministry staff. Ed worked with a remarkable team of nine local facilitators from Lakehead University who have been introducing the KBE to area schools. 


Recognition to outgoing KAIROS regional reps for their outstanding contribution to the KAIROS network

KAIROS recognizes the outstanding service of two regional representatives who are stepping down: Bev McDonald, KAIROS Atlantic Regional Representative who served for eight years, and Don Dale, representing KAIROS Prairies North region for two years. Read more.


Christmas video message this week!

Keep your eye on your email inbox this week for a very special Christmas message from KAIROS Executive Director Jennifer Henry.


Standing in Solidarity with Migrant Workers on December 18

“On International Migrants Day, let us commit to coherent, comprehensive and human-rights based responses guided by international law and standards and a shared resolve to leave no one behind.” – Ban Ki-moon, UN Secretary General

Globally, millions of people are forced to migrate from their home countries every year. Some leave their families for economic reasons, others to escape environmental disasters, either natural or human-made. According to the United Nations, in 2015 there were an estimated 244 million migrants, up from 222 million in 2010, and 173 million in 2000.

KAIROS pays tribute to all the courageous women and men who confront adversity head-on in an attempt to provide their families with a better life. KAIROS also celebrates their resilience and spirit of solidarity as they work tirelessly and against huge odds to organize and mobilize themselves and their neighbours to educate and advocate for the protection and advancement of human and labour rights in Canada and around the world.

To contribute to this work of building solidarity between migrant workers, churches and civil society allies, KAIROS will release a new migrant justice education and action resource early in 2017. Stay tuned!   

On this International Migrants Day, let us join our voices with those who are calling for justice and standing in solidarity with migrant workers in Canada and around the world. 


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Featured Resource

Briefing Paper: We can fight climate change and hunger at the same time (2016)

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Featured Partner

Organizacion Femenina Popular is one of the most respected, resilient and effective women's rights organizations in Colombia. Its representative, Isabel Caicedo Polanco, toured parts of Canada during the recent 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence. Read More.

 

Spirited Reflections

Listening to Voices of Young Women, by Randy Klassen

Not many teenage girls make national headlines. We have to acknowledge, to our national shame, that far too often, teenage girls have made headlines for tragic reasons. Walking with respect in this hall of memories, beneath this sombre cloud of witnesses, I listen with a greater attentiveness to the voice of another, more distant, teenage girl. I listen to Miriam of Nazareth, whose voice sings across the centuries: My soul magnifies the Lord, and my spirit rejoices in God my Saviour. Read more.

Borderlands, illumination and preparing the way, by Matthew Morales

I still remember the smell of dust from the Arizona desert. In October 2016, I travelled to Arizona with a delegation from the World Student Christian Federation to learn about the Borderlands of US and Mexico. For ten days, our group learned about the experiences of migrants seeking life by crossing the border. As I reflect on my experience, a moment stands out for me. Read more.

On leaving Marrakesh: Reflections on the climate road ahead, by Joy Kennedy

Flying through the labyrinthine alleys of the Medina on a motorbike as the twenty-second session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 22) UN Climate Change Conference came to a close in Marrakesh, Morocco, I found it an apt analogy to the complex and intricate UN process responding to climate change. Read more.

 

Moonstruck, by Paul Gehrs

The season of Advent honours the honest admission that there are times when it feels like God is absent. Read more.

Call for Submissions: Aim to Inspire

As a key part of KAIROS’ commitment to faithful action for ecological justice and human rights, we are seeking new Spirited Reflections to help inspire our constituents and others. Read more.

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