Women who rocked the boat YOUTUBE
November 28th, 2021, the Women Refugees Advocacy Project held a fundraiser for a new project working with Afghan-Canadian filmmaker Brishkay Ahmed in support of Afghan women who have newly arrived in Canada. Brishkay spoke at the event. Thank you to all who contributed.

Compassion Film Festival
The Least We Can Do is an official selection of the Compassion Film Festival® Carbondale, Colorado, to be screened between August 13 – 22, 2021. The Least We Can Do is one of three feature length films that will be screened. The theme of this year’s festival is “Healing Together”.

LA Independent Film Channel
The Least We Can Do streamed June 5-7, 2021, on the LA Independent Film Channel. It was broadcast as an official selection of the Venice Shorts film festival in Venice, California.

Congress 2021
“Congress 2021” (May 27 to June 4) is Canada’s largest academic gathering. It is a virtual conference this year, organized in partnership with the University of Alberta and the Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences.

A virtual discussion of The Least We Can Do was held at Congress 2021 on June 3, 1:00 to 2:00pm, hosted by Moving Images Distribution..

Yorkton Film Festival
The Least We Can Do documentary was nominated for a Golden Sheaf Award and screened online in the Yorkton Film Festival (May 27-30). Film links were available for free. For more information, please see the Yorkton Film Festival website.

International Women’s Day 2021
On March 8th, The Least We Can Do was screened with a discussion. Thank you to the generous sponsors, Powell River Film Festival and Powell River Council for Arts and Culture.
To learn more:

Letter Writing Campaign
The campaign was launched at the Powell River International Women’s Day virtual film screening event on March 8, 2021. Please advocate for the Yazidi. Our template letter is here.

Help the Yazidi in Sinjar
The Yazidi people in Sinjar need immediate help as they face a dire humanitarian crisis. WRAP is working with One Free World International to ensure aid gets directly to the people. WRAP held an online fundraising campaign to provide aid to Sinjar. The fundraiser is now complete.

The Least We Can Do documentary premiere
Activist discussion to follow
Film: Saturday, Dec 12, 2020 @ 3pm PST/6pm EST
Discussion: Saturday, Dec 12, 2020 @ 4pm PST/7pm EST
Film & discussion will then be available to view until Dec 21 at 7:00pm

The Least We Can Do premiered at Ottawa’s One World Refugee Film Festival online Canada wide. The screening was followed by a discussion and Q&A The Clock is Ticking: The Urgent Situation Unfolding for the Yazidi.

The discussion panel brought significant knowledge and insight to the state of the Yazidi in Iraq’s refugee camps and in Sinjar, their destroyed homeland. Panelists included:
• The Honourable S. B. Mobina Jaffer QC, Senate of Canada, international advocate for protection of women and girls in war
• The Honourable Lloyd Axworthy, chair of the World Refugee & Migration Council, Former Minister of Foreign Affairs Canada
• Rev. Majed El Shafie, founder and president of One Free World International
• Dr. Leora Kuttner, international expert on pain and anxiety management
• Aveen, Yazidi refugee from a previous genocide
• Dr. Jan Kizilhan, leading world expert on trauma care for Yazidi genocide survivors

Call for intervention in the humanitarian crisis taking place as thousands of Yazidi leave refugee camps to return to Sinjar

Online Press Conference
10:30am, Tues, Sept 15, 2020
MC Senator Mobina Jaffer
Welcome T’uy’t’tanat-Cease Wyss
Christine McDowell, Women Refugees Advocacy Project (WRAP)
Aveen, Yazidi artist and humanitarian activist
Ellen Woodsworth, Chair, Women Transforming Cities International
Lloyd Axworthy, Chair, World Refugee & Migration Council
Watch the Press Conference here

December 6th 2019 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:


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
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)


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.

Header image credit: Umit Bektas/Reuters by permission