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”
“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.
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.
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.
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!
Women’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
Lilly Tadin : President WFWP Canada, Vice -President WFWPI
Contact us :
Lilly Tadin : (647) 834-6121 lillytadin@yahoo. com Eveline Stewart: (289) 683-4293 email@example.com www.wfwp.ca. www.wfwp.org” 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