The Ahmadiyya Muslim Women Association (AMWA) of Prairie Region, Canada held an online Interfaith Symposium on March 6, 2021. The topic of the symposium was ‘Women as Nation Builders’. The topic was chosen to reflect the vital contributions of women at every stage of life and every background in establishing peace, love and tolerance in society.
The program was moderated by Shazia Rehman and Maham Malik.
Following speakers presented the topic according to their faith perspective
- Dr. Lillian Gadwa-Crier an Indigenous knowledge keeper spoke on the Cree Ways perspective
- Gurmit Kaur Sarpal a qualified Nurse and the founder of the Royal Women Cultural Association presented the Sikh perspective
- Dr. Brenda Anderson an Associate Professor in the University of Regina, teaching Religious Studies, and, Women-and-Gender Studies gave the Christian perspective
- Dr. Fozia Zakaria a Family Physician and an Assistant Professor of Medicine in the University of Alberta presented the Islamic perspective.
Throughout the program there were dignitaries’ speakers including
- Cindy Lamoureax, MLA for Tyndall Park
- The Honorable Christine Tell, MLA for Regina Wascana Plains.
- Nicole Sarauer, MLA Regina Douglas Park
- Aleana Young, MLA Regina University.
- Whitney Issik, MLA Calgary Glenmore
- Councillor Lorelee Marin, Lloydminster
- Erika Ritchie, MLA Saskatoon Nutana
- Heather McPherson, MP Edmonton Strathcona
A virtual book exhibition, A documentary on the history of Ahmadiyya Muslim Jamaat, a documentary on the Holy Quran and a presentation; Hazrat Maryam in the Holy Quran; were part of the program.
An interactive Kahoot Quiz based on questions from all speeches of the day at the end was participated by more than 60 attendees and well enjoyed by all.
The national president of Ahmadiyya Muslim Women Association of Canada Mrs Amatul Salam Malik thanked the audience for enriching the event by their participation.