International Women’s Day is Here!!

Dear Members of Women’s Federation for World Peace, Ambassadors for Peace and Friends, WFWP, Toronto Chapter cordially invites you to its 10th.annual IWD Luncheon, which will be held on Saturday, March 12th.2016

Seats are limited; please confirm your participation by March 7th.

Hope to see you there!

Lilly Tadin, President WFWP, Canada
Vice President, WFWP, North America
215 Mavety St. Toronto, ON
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Event Review: Bridging the Gap and WFWP Joint Program

Rogers Theatre at the Mississauga Living Arts Centre, filled to capacity, was bustling with activity on October 25th, 2015. Screen presentation of Zohra Zoberi’s award winning play “Questionably Ever After” was a hit success.
Bridging the Gap Productions, founder Zohra Zoberi joined hands with the Women’s Federation for World Peace to raise awareness of what unique challenges are faced by our multicultural society– special emphasis on how immigration affects marriage. Followed by Interactive dialogue and
Q &A session by Reva Stern, Brian Hull, David Stewart and Zohra.

Lilly Tadin, President of WFWP thanked the audience and encouraged them to help spread the message of harmony, love and appreciation in their marriage relationship. Lilly praised Zohra’s magnificent work. It was educational, informative and uplifting. Many important issues from petty to serious one were raised
A few talented actors present at the event: Tariq Hameed, Adeel Ahmad and Rakshi Zahur were applauded by the audience. Eveline Stewart conducted the welcome and reception with her warmth. Congratulations to both the teams for this highly engaging story on a screen presented as “Enlightenment through Entertainment”.
To top it off Bridging the Gap handed out a laminated copy of their ‘Magic Formula for Healthy Relationships”.

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WFWP/UPF Joint Conference: Visions of the Future World

LOCATION: Father Madden Hall, University of St. Michael’s College, University of Toronto

81 St. Mary Street, Toronto, On M5S1J4

DATE: Saturday, July 25, 2015

TIME: 09:00 AM – 04:00 PM

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Panel 1.  In search of absolute values

Panel 2.  Evaluation of the focus of education

Panel 3.  A world without borders

 Hosted by the Women’s Federation for World Peace (WFWP) and the Unification Peace Federation (UPF), the conference was a successful event that surfaced many important and challenging issues facing modern societies and nations.

On behalf of the attendees, we applaud the WFWP/UPF for choosing such timely topics that have an influence on all of our lives. The well-informed speakers (please request a copy of the program) who delivered much ‘food for thought’, sparked a dialogue that should be a beginning rather than a conclusion to such a meaningful event.

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Panel 1.  In search of absolute values

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Earl Smith Andrea Moore, Rev. Wendel Gibbs Rev. Mitch Dixon

In a world of conflicting values, fostered by different races, cultures and creeds, the speakers delivered from his or her religious perspective, experiential knowledge and worldview. An interesting observation was the decorum and politeness exhibited by the panelists and the audience despite the challenge to embrace viewpoints from different religious platforms. Ultimately, the consensus of human values did spring from a common religious perspective that underpin religion as opposed to distinct belief systems.

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Panel 2.  Evaluation of the focus of education

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 Mr. Errol Gibbs , Tahira Quamar and Christina Tadin

This topic spoke to the education system as one that focuses on Academic Information Literacy (AIL) which fosters careers, and materially driven lifestyles, at the expense of the broader goals of education. The topic led to a spirited discussion as the attendees inquired about the role of parents in a system dictated by educational policy makers facing challenges by a diverse community with competing worldviews. The question of home schooling arose as an alternative for some parents, but there is no universally accepted standard for home schooling parents.

The discussion shed light on great expenditures in lifestyle illnesses, the justice system, and military despite great expenditures in education. These in-depth discussions showed that there was a need for an evaluation of the focus of education, but how can the public influence the policy makers policy makers pose a dilemma for the attendees.

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Panel 3.  A world without borders

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This was a rather interesting topic, given the major challenges of managing and controlling legal and illegal immigrants, with new challenges such as refugees of famines, natural disaster refugees, and refuges of wars and genocide. The concept seemed impracticable, since all nations need to manage and control peoples within and outside their borders for planning national programs.

Some of the discussions took a turn toward the opening of commercial borders for moving goods and services more effectively between nations, which was feasible as a mutual benefit for the nations involved. Cited, as a downside was that the more powerful nations would maintain an advantage in negotiations from a position of mass production capacity, and their dollar value. The subject was well-worth discussing.

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 Keynote address “The Nation and World of Peace Sought by God and Humanity delivered by Lilly Tadin

In summary, the conference was a worthwhile proposition for all of us to contemplate the three important topics. Everyone shared afterthoughts of the conference that will resonate within us for a long time. As the seminar backgrounder ‘Visions of the future world’ states, it was a glimpse into the future by shaping our reality of what we want the future world to become with the welfare of all people in mind.

Written by Mr. Errol Gibbs and Lilly Tadin

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9th Annual Poetry Reading- WFWP Toronto

On Sunday, July 19th, 2015, WFWP and Bridging the Gap Productions collaborated to present the 9th annual International Poetry Reading.
Under the continuous theme” Crossing Boundaries, Connecting Hearts”, poets from different poetry clubs, communities and cities, gathered on Sunday afternoon to share their newly published poems. Topics on love, peace, relationships, economy, ecology and so on were read by each poet.
The President of WFWP, Canada, Lilly Tadin welcomed all the participants and expressed her apprecition for their excellent work and continued collaboration with WFWP.
This year several young poets were warmly welcomed by the already established poets and all the participating guests. With much enthusiasm and excitement, they read their very first poems. Besides the regular poetry reading, the audience was showered with a most intriguing “slam” poetry reader, Alex Wichert, an activist for homeless youth.
James Quinn, an author, poet and musician entertained the participants with his collection of poems and narratives through a unique presentation of songs played on a guitar.
Llloyd Howell, an author of several books came from Long Island, NY to present his latest published book ” Remembering Father “. The book was written about the life of Reverand Moon and Lloyd’s personal experiences with him.
The whole program was lead by Zohra Zoberi from “Bridging the Gap Productions” and Eveline Stewart from WFWP, Canada, Hamilton chapter.
With encouraging words we continue to work together for our next get together, which will be a major mile stone; our 10th international gala event poetry reading .
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Mother Daughter Seminar and Tea

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On Sunday, June 28th, WFWP, Toronto Chapter held a seminar on ” Exploring the Core of the Mother Daughter Relationship” followed by Mother Daughter Tea Party.
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The beautifully decorated room was buzzing with excitement and with the laughter of little girls, and young and mature ladies.
Christina Tadin and Lilly Tadin welcomed the audience representing Mother and Daughter. Each one of them shared valuable points of how important mothers are in lives of their daughters.
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Every mother, enjoys and longs to have a close relationship with her daughter, yet many times it’s hard to even talk to her. Even with the best intentions, a strong mother-daughter bond won’t happen easily. It takes time and effort to build the desired relationship.
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Lilly focused on the importance of the feminine and spiritual aspects and the role of a mother. A Mother is a natural giver because of the connection established while the child is in her womb. Lilly concluded that in order to maintain strong family and moral values, and to fulfill the role of a good mother, a mother should seek spiritual guidance through prayer, and studying the Holy Scripture, Koran and DP.
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At the “open mic”, participants were given the opportunity to share their own stories.
Tahira Hassan, an immigrant to Canada, shared her story and the challenges she faced with her own daughter. She experienced the difficulty in trying to raise her daughter with different cultural standards, traditions and norms. She pointed out that it was not easy for new immigrants.
Hon. Jean Augustine was happy to share her own experiences and some challenges with her own two daughters. Raised up by strong women in her native Grenada, Jean compared values, educational norms, and respect  in her own country with Canadian standards.
Younger women, Miki Young and Rev. Younhee Chang shared their own stories and thoughts about their mothers adding warmth and laughter to the event.
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The event included “break-out” activities that gave mother and daughters a chance to express their love for each other.  And games in which mothers and daughters were quizzed on how well do they know each other.
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Special thank you to the organizers, Unity Hendricks / Chang, Christina and Mie Tadin for making beautiful decorations, delicious snacks and deserts.
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We are thankful to Edmond Young for taking many beutiful photos of the event.
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International Women’s Day Celebration

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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”

 

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In Review: Window Shopping for Lasting Love, A Program on Marriage in Canada, Nov 2, 2014

Event article in the local paper in Mississauga
Event article in the local paper in Mississauga

A good crowd gathered on Sunday November 2nd, including the Consul of India and his wife, at the Mississauga Arts Centre for an afternoon of theatre and discussion on the topic of arranged marriages. The audience included other writers, members of the cast, representatives from the Universal Peace Federation, Dr. Moon Shik Kim and Rev. Mitch Dixon who also took care of the technical aspects of the event, and a beautiful rainbow of faces, colours and ages reflecting the diversity that it is Canada. The discussion was stimulated by first watching a screen recording of Zohra Zoberi’s excellent award-winning play, “Window Shopping … for Lasting Love”. The event was sponsored by Zohra’s ‘Bridging the Gap Productions and Women’s Federation for World Peace Canada (WFWP).

The play centers around the dilemma faced by a 27 year old, Seema, a professional young Canadian adult coming from a South Asian family, in dealing with her parents’, and especially her mother’s aspirations to arrange her marriage and the desires of her own heart. A potential well educated, professional match comes from Detroit with his family and it seems that the arrangement is going to move forward. Seema, with no help at all from a troublesome, but for the audience, highly amusing younger brother, and her more thoughtful girlfriends, goes through a difficult process of conforming herself to her parents’ viewpoint. This included ending her relationship with her Caucasian boyfriend who professed his love for her and, we can presume, dealing with her office colleagues. Then it transpires that the young Detroiter has a girlfriend and no interest in the attractive, intelligent Seema. So it seems that Seema has lost everything. But at the end love and marriage are found through a blind date, arranged by her brother Omar, with a young man completely acceptable to Seema’s parents and family.

The play provided an excellent introduction for a very lively question and answer session with the assembles panel of the play’s author Zohra Zoberi; Jasmin Jackman, Director of Skills for Change, who met her husband on a blind date; Roohina Gilani, a counselor with Victim Services of Peel, who shared the dark side of arranged marriages and David Stewart, whose marriage to the event’s MC, Eveline Stewart was arranged 32 years ago by the WFWP founders, the Rev. and Mrs. Sun Myung Moon. A quick showing of hands showed that many of the audience’s marriages had been arranged. This included the Consul of India, Aklesh Mishra and his wife, Reeti, who both shared very warmly and humorously their experience in being successfully matched by their parents. The Consul also shared how only in Canada has he repeatedly been invited to events originating in the Pakistani community for which he is very grateful and honoured. One young man shared how his parents’ attempt to arrange his marriage did not work out and how this has affected him. Others were quick to point out the differences between “forced” and “arranged” marriages, the former sadly still occurring in Canada more frequently than one might think. All agreed something must be done to curb the current divorce rate. Clearly arranged marriages are alive in Canada, if under some attack from the Canadian-born and educated young adults growing up in those communities in which such marriages are the cultural norm.

Many thanks to WFWP President Lilly Tadin for her help in organizing the event and her words of introduction, and most especially to Zohra Zoberi without whom this on-going stimulating discussion would not have started and who also provided the huge delicious cake enjoyed by all in celebration of the tenth anniversary of ‘Bridging the Gap Productions’.

 

WFW /UPF Mini Conference January 11 2014

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The first panel’s topic was, ‘Is the family in decline, as values are lost, leading to anarchy and chaos?’ guided by Eveline Stewart of Hamilton WFWP. To begin Nazila Isgandarova looked at the question from a Muslim perspective. Originally from Azerbaijan, Nazila is well aware of the challenges face by the immigrant population and, given that our identities are formed in the family, has seen the results of dysfunctional Muslim families, those which cannot live up to the dictates of the Koran. Thus the Muslim divorce rate is rising in N. America, with all of its resultant problems. Yet still the historical benefits of the Koran’s teaching in controlling and increasingly ending polygamy and creating equality for women must always be remembered.P1120524Nazila was followed by Chelomie Colchrist, a Christian. Chelomie stressed that stable families need both husband and wife modeling  ‘godly principles’ and that children cannot be left to raise themselves. Inspiring the audience that, “We are the change”, Chelomie underscored the power of the family to set the foundation to be passed on to the future.

This theme was continued by Rev. Mitch Dixon, Unificationist and Co-Chairman of the Toronto UPF. Using Rev. Moon’s remarks that lineage is more important than love or life and that the loss of lineage caused God the greatest pain, Rev. Dixon asked us to think forward 5 or 20 generations. He then compared the lineages of two early pioneer Americans, one starting with Max Juke, as studied in Richard L. Dugdale’s “The Jukes: A Study in Crime, Pauperism, Disease and Heredity”, the other beginning with the preacher Jonathan Edwards. From the preacher descended judges, professors, senators, mayors, even a vice-President. From the hard drinking, womanizing Juke came murderers, prostitutes, alcoholics, vagrants and bank robbers!

P1120543The second panel was a perspective on marriage and family from two young adult Unificationists, Sharon Fuchs and Miki Young. They warmed and won the audience’s hearts with their testimonies of their ‘matchings’ to their respective spouses, Sharon’s German, Miki’s Japanese, followed by the story of the development of real, substantial relationships and the difficulties they have so far faced and overcome.

P1120639After a delicious lunch, much enjoyed by all, Rev. Stoyan Tadin addressed the conference theme with his normal humor, passion and intelligence. Rev. Stoyan Tadin delivered the keynote addressed on the topic of “Stable Families Bring Prosperity, Peace, and Integrity to the Nation.” Rev. Stoyan was explicitly clear that the

most serious problem humankind is facing today is the gradual destruction of family values due to uncontrolled check upon immorality and erosion of divine values. The stability in families comes through love between one man and one woman,which is the basis of pro-creativity designed by God.

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The final panel, convened by Lilly Tadin, Canada WFWP Chairwoman, dealt with, ‘How do Religious Norms and Values add Stability to the Family. Has this been weakened by hypocrisy?’ Sandra Palin of the Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter Day Saints, shared the great value of Monday evening family night from when she was growing up right until today. Coming from a family of 9 she remembered how she loved it when all the family baked together. This tradition reflects the great value her church places on the family as, ‘ordained by God’ and that we are accountable before God.

Rev. David Stewart of the Unification Church looked at the commonly held assumption that divorce is as prevalent in Christian families as it is in the non-religious. Despite the problems faced in religious families he concluded that active, committed religious homes do indeed provide greater stability than the norm.  David was followed by Mrs. Kim Auckbaraullee graciously reading the presentation of the sadly absent Prof. Sahar Al-Majali, which provided insights from an Islamic perspective on the question at hand. Prefacing her remarks as to the centrality of the family in the Abrahamic faiths and other world religions as well as its sociological importance Prof. Al-Majali said that also, “the family was in all stages as a mirror that reflects the society in which it was created”. Thus despite the respect Islam has for the family and the care with which Islam has crafted its norms and values to protect the family and its members it has always been and remains under “waves of attack”. This is why Prof. Al-Majali exhorted all present to work hard to prevent greater disintegration and collapse of the family and Muslims to adhere strictly to the family norms and values of their religious tradition.

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-Photographs by E. Young