Women’s religious rights will be discussed at WAFE luncheon

Women’s religious rights will be discussed at the first annual luncheon of the International Federation of Women Against Fundamentalism and for Equality Canada on Tuesday, March 8, which is International Women’s Day.

Women’s religious rights will be discussed at the first annual luncheon of the International Federation of Women Against Fundamentalism and for Equality Canada on Tuesday, March 8, which is International Women’s Day.

WAFE Canada is a new chapter of WAFE International, which was founded in Geneva in 2004 and looks at the challenges to women’s human rights by extremist religious regimes. The Canadian Awareness Luncheon, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at CrossRoads Church, features several speakers, including Citizenship Judge Sonia Bitar of Edmonton, who will discuss the trafficking of women.

Theology and history professor Carole Fontaine, of Andover Newton Theological School in Massachusetts, will talk about women, fundamentalism and Iran.

Director of the Washington-based Council for a Community of Democracies David Kilgour will look at Iraq’s humanitarian crisis Camp Ashraf.

Alberta minister of Seniors and Community Supports and Red Deer North MLA Mary Anne Jablonski will speak about women’s issues in Canadian politics.

Red Deer Mayor Morris Flewwelling will open the luncheon. A light lunch and entertainment will also be provided.

Tickets are a minimum donation of $25. RSVP by calling Adéle at 403-343-0067 or email porattomullen@gmail.com.

CrossRoads Church is located at 32nd Street and Hwy 2.