December 6th Letter Campaign
WRAP participated in the December 6th 2019 public ceremony held at the Women’s Monument, Marker of Change, in Thornton Park, Vancouver, BC. A letter calling the government to take action on Yazidi trauma care was passed around for signature. The letter with signatures was sent to the Prime Minster, relevant Ministries, and all Members of Parliament. No response yet.
For more information or to volunteer, contact WRAP at: firstname.lastname@example.org
PETITION DELIVERED TO PARLIAMENT
On Monday, October 29, 2018, the Yazidi trauma care petition was delivered to Jenny Kwan MP on Parliament Hill in Ottawa. Nine of us were present to hand over the petition, six Yazidi women from BC and Ontario, and three women from WRAP.
Petition delivery took place
October 29, 2018
9:00 am on Parliament Hill, Jenny Kwan MP received the petition.
10:00 am there was a 30 minute press conference in the Press Gallery.
Jenny Kwan MP spoke along with a representative of the Women Refugees Advocacy Project (WRAP) and Yazidi women from BC and Toronto.
We stayed afterwards and talked with the Canadian Press reporter.
3:00 pm Jenny Kwan MP tabled the petition in the House of Commons.
4:30 pm WRAP representatives and the Yazidi women met with MP Rob Oliphant in his office.
The petition is brought forward by a coalition of Co-Petitioner organizations. This is a non-partisan effort to encourage the federal government to keep their promise to provide comprehensive trauma care to the survivors of slavery and torture by ISIS, Yazidi women and girls who are now refugees in Canada.
Thank you everyone for supporting the Yazidi genocide awareness raising events that were held in Vancouver.
We partnered with One Free World International to bring Rev. Majed El Shafie to Vancouver from September 26 – 30, 2018. He spoke with passion and eloquence about the plight of the Yazidi at a Press Conference and at BC Children’s Hospital, Simon Fraser University Downtown, and in an open multi- faith forum at Canadian Memorial United Church.
Ceremony and Press Conference
Guest speaker: Rev. Majed El Shafie
and Yazidi survivor, Adiba
MP Jenny Kwan
MC Chris McDowell, Women Refugees Advocacy Project
Lorelei Williams, Skatin Nations/Sts’Ailes
Thursday, September 27, 2018
9:00 am ceremony (please bring flowers)
10:00 am press conference
Marker of Change, the Women’s Monument
Main St and Terminal Ave
Thornton Park, Vancouver, BC
Women’s and Children’s Hospital
“Addressing the unique mental health needs of Yazidi girls and women”
Meet Rev. Majed El Shafie & Moderator Dr. Leora Kuttner
Friday, September 28, 2018
10:00 am to 12:00 noon
Room D308, Third floor Shaugnessy Bldg
Heather St entrance #77
This event will be live streamed to satellite locations.
J.S. Woodsworth Presentation
Simon Fraser University
“One man’s fight on behalf of Yazidi women and girls”
Guest speaker, Rev. Majed El Shafie
Moderator Sharon McGowan
Friday, September 28, 2018
6:00 pm event
(Doors open 5:30 pm)
Harbour Centre, Downtown Campus
515 W Hastings St, Vancouver, BC
All Welcome *free event* (no ticket required)
Canadian Memorial United Church
“Ring the bells that still can ring”
Meet Rev. Majed El Shafie – Human Rights Advocate
Saturday, September 29
7:30 pm event
(Doors open 6:30 pm)
Burrard St & W 15th Ave
All welcome *free event* (no ticket required)
THE FREEDOM PROJECT Petition
Following his visit to Vancouver, Rev. Majed El Shafie and One Free World International launched and completed The Freedom Project petition:
Many want to make a difference to help girls and women trapped in ISIS sex slavery but feel helpless, they do not know where to begin. Another study or report will not save these women. We need to act now to save those still enslaved by ISIS and trafficked throughout the Middle East. The Freedom Project is empowering those wanting to be a part of change, and helping free the women and children, around the world held in captivity as sex slaves.
Rev. Majed El Shafie and One Free World International
Rev. Majed El Shafie is a human rights advocate and founder of One Free World International (OFWI). With 28 branches around the world, OFWI is now one of the leading organizations advocating for religious minorities globally.
Rev. Majed El Shafie’s human rights journey started in his native Egypt from which he was forced to flee after he was tortured and sentenced to death for his conversion to Christianity, and for bringing awareness to human rights violations related to religious persecution.
In Canada, Rev. El Shafie has worked with members of the Canadian House of Commons, Senate, and Cabinet, in order to educate decision-makers about violations of religious freedom around the world. He has had the opportunity to testify numerous times before parliamentary bodies, including the Subcommittee for International Human Rights of the Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and International Trade, the Standing Committee on Citizenship and Immigration, and the Parliamentary Inquiry into Antisemitism in Canada. He has advocated on behalf of Christians, Falun Gong, Jews, Bahá’í’s, Ahmadiyya Muslims, and China’s Uyghur Muslims, among others.
Honours and Awards
2016 Raoul Wallenberg Citation for Moral Courage
2012 Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal
Header image credit: Mikki Herbold
(Ceremony at Marker of Change, the Women’s Monument, Thornton Park, Sept 29, 2018)