Putting Faith into Action Women gather to share their wisdom.

 connectionnewspapers.com: In today’s political climate, women can often feel powerless. But more than 100 women of various faiths came together recently to learn how they can and are making a difference in the world around them.

Hosted by the Women’s Auxiliary of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, the event was held March 18 at the Mubarak Mosque in Chantilly. It’s presented each year in commemoration of Women’s History Month, and the theme this time was “Activism Through Faith: How Women Make an Impact.”

Welcoming everyone was Sahar Choudhary, regional president of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community’s Virginia chapter. She said her religion “categorically rejects terrorism in any form and endorses the separation of church and state. We champion universal human rights, protection of minorities and the empowerment of women through education.”

Ananda Vrindavan, temple president of the International Society of Krishna Consciousness in Washington, D.C., was the first speaker. Born and raised in Ireland, she taught in India for 21 years. “It’s sad that evil happens when good people don’t stand up and say something,” she said. “But you don’t want to lose yourself in the process, so it’s a balance.”

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