International Women’s Day Celebration


About 60 men and women gathered in the Downtown Courtyard Marriot Hotel in Toronto on March 21, 2015 to celebrate International Women’s Day.  It was the 9th Annual International Women’s Day event hosted by WFWP-Toronto.   With the topic: Young Women and Leadership: Education, Opportunities and Obstacles, the speakers covered topics based on being a women and the obstacles they had to face to reach where they were today.  In addition to the main speakers, the Honorable Jean Augustine, former MP, gave her congratulations to the event, an Author, Marnie Kay, spoke on the power of believing in yourself, and poetess Nakita Portelance shared a moving poem entitled “Time”


1618367_10205340470684243_5674623709750154302_o 10517279_10205340469644217_262933692452049680_o 10549968_10205340467204156_5373552133498760653_o 10818418_10205340485244607_7332440312158943083_o 10847432_10205340504965100_5160941280519419464_o 10848501_10205340473964325_5463540264969092438_o 10857306_10205340492524789_8519648230816741360_o 10860900_10205340481124504_353673207077047385_o 10985067_10205340501565015_5212042540652099925_o 10987415_10205340475444362_6437635984790823454_o 10987415_10205340494524839_7268874512903786449_o 10993971_10205340486684643_8769899999572867781_o 10996797_10205340496244882_7077334793274856566_o 11043250_10205340477724419_452295412245878152_o 11053178_10205340480244482_2491189600714393523_o 11054334_10205340493444812_1774499864256509037_o 11069741_10205340471884273_1703824171906519553_o 11070744_10205340479284458_8107135289388465085_o 11083728_10205340506445137_7995263971835631253_o

International Women’s Day-Toronto Event


“Break the silence.  When you witness violence against women and girls, do not sit back. Act.” 

-Ban Ki Moon, UN Secretary General

On Saturday March 23, 2013, WFWP Toronto Chapter held its 7th annual International Women’s Day Luncheon.  This year again we followed the theme of the 57th session of the Commission of the Status of Women : Women standing up to violence: Finding ways through, with hope and connections.

The programme was attended by over fifty participants including members from the York Region Police Department, Community Leaders, Notable Authors, NGO leaders as well as numerous WFWP members, families and friends.

 The event was held at a prominent downtown Toronto Holiday Inn. The intimate luncheon was beautifully decorated by Valerie Augustine, who donated a raffle gift basket and flowers from Lite it UP, her Toronto based candle company.  The hosting hotel graciously donated a complimentary night as a door prize in honour of the WFWP event.

Karlyn D. Percil, Author, Speaker, and Self-love Advocate opened the event.  Karlyn, who has also appeared on the Oprah Winfrey network, told her story of how she tried to hide from the shame in her life, shame that others had put upon her.  She encouraged all women to know their value and not to let shame rule their lives.  Karlyn stated the need to create a culture to break the silence.  She continued, that even if you have not gone through traumatizing events, those you know may have…and need help to express their past.  Karlyn strongly pointed out  all individuals should know their own value, then they would ultimately be able to find joy and happiness and the purpose of their lives.

Karlyn D. Percil, Author and Advocate
Confrence Room at Holiday Inn

   The second speaker was Bahi Krishnkhanthan, a Motivational Speaker, Facilitator and Psychotherapist.  She hoped to raise awareness among all cultures and genders.  She shared her experience and the violence that she endured as a young lady and young mother.  Fighting to stand up for her rights and for the rights of her young children, Bahi committed herself to end the abuse that she faced.  But in the end…she found that it wasn’t the end of the abuse that changed her life.  It was the ability to finally forgive the abuser that finally gave her the freedom that she seeked since her youth.  She encouraged all of those who had faced abuse…to find forgiveness in their hearts.

Bahi Krishnakhantan, Motivational Speaker, Facilitator and Psychotherapist

 The event was closed with the WFWP national President’s Address.  Mrs. Lilly Tadin presented the need for women to know the facts.  She presented the report from the UN’s Status of Women Conference.  In addition she pointed out the violence here at home in Canada…especially towards Aboriginals of both genders.   Ending violence against women, one of the UN’s Millienium Development Goals, has not yet been accomplished on the World Level.  She stressed that it must be included in any new development framework.

Mrs. Lilly Tadin, WFWP President Canada, Vice President WFWPI

   Numerous entertainers performed at the event, including Clear Stone Band, Poetess Nadine Williams, and the Tamale Sisters, with a beautifully a capella selection.

A candle light ceremony concluded the event.  A representative man and women lit the first two candles symbolizing a new beginning of a joint partnership.  Where violence would no longer be tollerated.  The “light” was then passed to candles held by all the participants.

WFWP would like to thank all of its members who invested their time and effort to making this event a success. A special thank you to…Eveline Stewart as MC, Diane Dixon, Jennifer Biscocho,and the many more members who worked behind the scenes…we thank you!

Eveline Stewart and Diane Dixon with the Raffle
Tamale Sisters
Question and Answer Section of the Conference

Toronto Event Around the Corner…International Women’s Day March 23!!

WFWP USA Logo 2012Women’s Federation for World Peace Canada 
            NGO in General Consultative Status
       with the Economic and Social Council of the UN

WFWP, Toronto invites you to our Seventh Annual International Women’s Day celebration, on March 23/13
IWD is an occasion for honoring the achievements of women. The past century has brought
astonishing progress, by just about every measure, in terms of women’s health, their economic opportunities, their political power and more.
Today, women are leaders in every field…….. yet violence against women in the family, work and society still continues.

This year 2013, WFWP selected the theme : ” Women Standing up to Violence: Finding Ways Through, with Hope & Connection”, that aligns with UN Commission on the Status of Women theme, for it’s 57th session. 

As this theme suggests, violence against women affects us all, and everyone – 
men and women – must be part of the solution.

On International Women’s Day 2013, we call on all Canadians to work together 
to end violence against women. Violence is not just a women’s issue: men have 
key roles to play in making our country safe for everyone. 

During her meeting with African civil society organizations,UN Women Executive Director, Ms. Bachelet stated, “Let us make every effort to unleash the full potential of women and 
girls. Let us redouble efforts towards the eradication of all forms of 
gender-based violence and discrimination.” 

UN S.G Ban Ki Moon remarked “…we especially need to speak out against rape and sexual violence in conflict. Governments must support victims and end the culture of impunity”.

Mahatma Gandhi asserted “I object to violence because when it appears to do good, the good is only temporary; the evil it does is permanent.”

At the same time, International Women’s Day is also an occasion for recognizing how much more is still needed to be done to support women and girls worldwide. I encourage everyone reading this to reflect on what each one of us can do to support women — to put words and ideas into action.

Date:          Saturday, March 23 2013

Place :        Holiday Inn Toronto, downtown Centre 30 Carlton St.Toronto one block East of
Yonge South on Carlton, Yonge and College subway station.
Time:         11: 30 AM – 3:00 PMSeminar Fee: $40 pp with hot buffet

Speakers:  Karlyn Percil:  Author, International Speaker & Self-Love Advocate, appeared on
                  Oprah Winfrey Network

Bahi Krishnakhanthan: Motivation Speaker, Facilitator & Psychotherapist

Lilly Tadin : President WFWP Canada,  Vice -President WFWPI 

Contact us :

Lilly Tadin : (647) 834-6121 lillytadin@yahoo. com
Eveline Stewart: (289) 683-4293” How are you going to assure equal rights? By force? External laws? Emotional persuasion? It
is through love. It is through love that women can be equal to men. Through love, a mother can be equal to her son, even though he may be the president of a nation”.Rev. S.M. Moon co-Founder of WFWPI