The Honourable Mobina S. B. Jaffer Q.C., Senate of Canada
Since 2015, Senator Mobina Jaffer has worked tirelessly with the women who formed the Women Refugees Advocacy Project to bring awareness and aid to the Yazidi victims of genocide.
Senator Jaffer represents the province of British Columbia in the Senate of Canada, where she is deputy-chair of the Standing Senate Committee on National Security and Defense. Appointed to the Senate on June 13, 2001, she is the first Muslim senator, the first African-born senator, and the first senator of South Asian descent.
After spending almost a decade with the Standing Senate Committee on Human Rights, Senator Jaffer served as Canada’s Special Envoy for Peace in Sudan from 2002 to 2006. From 2002 to 2005, she chaired the Canadian Committee on Women, Peace, and Security. Senator Jaffer is often invited to speak at international conferences on security issues and the United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325, which “urges all actors to increase the participation of women and incorporate gender perspectives in all United Nations peace and security efforts” and “calls on all parties to conflict to take special measures to protect women and girls from gender-based violence, particularly rape and other forms of sexual abuse, in situations of armed conflict.” As a grandmother, women’s rights and children’s rights are central to Senator Jaffer’s advocacy.
Senator Jaffer speaks out on Aug 3, 2016, the second anniversary of the Yazidi genocide by ISIS, watch here: https://vimeo.com/488674933
One Free World International continues to mobilize resources to rescue women and girls enslaved by ISIS, and have been bringing aid to assist the displaced and marginalized Yazidi people forced to live in refugee camps in Iraq and Syria.
Please visit the OFWI website to learn about all the work they do:
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