Events

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.

ANNOUNCING THE FREEDOM PROJECT

Rev. Majed El Shafie and One Free World International have now launched The Freedom Project:

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.

Visit FreedomProject.ca to sign the petition.

Thank you everyone for supporting the Yazidi 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
MP Jenny Kwan will be speaking
Senator Mobina Jaffer
MC Angela Marie MacDougall, Battered Women’s Support Services
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
Vancouver, BC
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
Room 7000
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
Multi-Faith Forum
“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
Vancouver, BC
All welcome *free event* (no ticket required)

For more information or to volunteer, contact WRAP at: wrapforjustice@gmail.com

Rev. Majed El Shafie and One Free World International

Rev. Majed El Shafie

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

Breaking News

Rev. Majed El Shafie and OFWI have now launched The Freedom Project:

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.

Visit FreedomProject.ca to sign the petition.

 

Header image credit: Christine McDowell
(Adiba interviewed by Canadian Press after the Press Gallery press conference, Dilkhaz providing translation, Oct 29, 2018)