Events in Vancouver

Please join us at one of these free events in September in Vancouver.

We have partnered with One Free World International to bring Rev. Majed El Shafie to Vancouver from September 26 – 30, 2018. He will speak of 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.

For more information or to volunteer, contact us at:

Ceremony and Press Conference
Guest speaker: Rev. Majed El Shafie
MP Jenny Kwan will be speaking
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)

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 to sign the petition.


Header image credit: CBC Radio, June 20, 2018
(Government must do more to help Yazidi refugees, says advocate)