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Please click HERE to view the highlights of this past year:
• Hosting an evening with Afghan Parliamentarian Sabrina Sadiq in October at the University of Ottawa. The theme of the event was the impact of the 2014 elections on women and education in Afghanistan, and the challenges for women involved in Afghan political life.
Also at the event Senator Mobina Jaffer, Chair of the Standing Senate Committee on Human Rights and author of a study entitled “Training in Afghanistan: Include Women. “ The event was well received and all agree that the only problem was that the evening was too short.
• Product sales at the Great Canadian Theatre Companies production of “This is War” by Hannah Moscovitch and participation in a panel on the women, war, the military and literacy in Afghanistan.
• Our 2nd Annual Celebration of Nawrooz
Our current coordinating committee are from left to right Jennifer Simpson, Co-Chair, Eileen Olixeuk, Treasuer, Najia Haneefi, Co-Chair, Nahid Gharzai, Nancy Rheaume (Product Coordinator) and Hosia Qasmi.
In addition, not in the picture Asyieh Norouzpour, Assistant Treasurer, Danielle Blondin, Event Coordinator and Jodie Densmore, Volunteer Coordinator.
We are truly a great team!
Najia Haneefi, Eileen Olixiuk, Senator Mobina Jaffer, Sabrina Sadiq, Danielle Blondin, Jennifer Simpson, Masiam Najafizada, Nancy Rheaume.
The Coordinating Committee - Ottawa Chapter of CW4WAfghan (from left to right)
Helen, Amika, Amy,Brenda, Zahira, Asiyeh, Eileen – photographer Jennifer
The Ottawa Chapter was established in early 2010 (see below) at the instigation of Roya Rahmani, former country director for CW4WAfghan in Kabul and Board Member of CW4WAfghan. Roya left our chapter at the end of April to return to Afghanistan and work as an advisor to the Afghanistan's Ministry of Education. Helen Hayward and Jennifer Simpson agreed to act as Co-chairs, with Margaret Williamson as member of the executive, Eileen Olexiuk, as Treasurer and Mahshaz Yousufzai as our Secretary. We are also fortunate to have the support of other engaged and passionate women in Ottawa.
To initiate interest and awareness, an event was held on April 28 at which Roya spoke on women and Islam, the same presentation she gave in Kelowna last October. About 20 women attended and participated in an interesting discussion and question period following Roya's presentation. We also had a draw for a beautiful mounted photograph of a woman in a white burqa among white doves which she is feeding donated by Farzana Wahidy.
Helen, Jennifer and Eileen are planning to attend the upcoming AGM in Oakville and are looking forward to connecting with chapter members across the country.