The Canadian Patriotic Society is pleased to present the award-winning documentary “Honor Diaries.” The movie deals with violence against women caused by the religious extremism of the so-called honor killings.
The event is free of charge. It will take place on Thursday, October 9, 2014, at Agincourt Public Library, 155 Bonis Avenue from 6:30 to 9:30 pm.
After the movie, there will be presentations by four speakers with extensive knowledge of the problem:
Sayeh Hassan: Sayeh is a criminal defense lawyer based in Toronto and a pro-democracy activist fighting for regime change in Iran. Born in Tehran, Iran, she was forced to flee her homeland with her family at the age of 7 to Turkey, where they lived for 5 years as refugees, before moving to Canada. Sayeh co-founded a pro-democracy association while at university. She has spoken at various conferences both in Canada and the US, and her articles have appeared in both English and Persian media, including the National Post and the Toronto Star among others. She has her own blog: shiro-khorshid-forever.blogspot.com.
Athar Khan: Born in Pakistan, Athar came to Canada with his family when he was 8. As a teenager, influenced by a friend, he became a devout salafi Muslim for a period of time. While in university enrolled in Islamic courses, Athar developed a more critical stance towards Islam. As an outspoken political commentator, Athar has made regular guest appearance on SunNews TV. For the last 3 years he has been on the Toronto police Muslim consultative committee.
Jonathan Halevi: Jonathan is the Founder and director of the Canadian Centre for Intelligence and Analysis (CCIA), a senior researcher of the Middle East and radical Islam at the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs, a co- founder of the Orient
Research Group Ltd., a former adviser to the Policy Planning Division of the Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs and a retired IDF intelligence officer (Lt. Col.) As a security and intelligence expert, Jonathan is regularly consulted by government agencies as well as media.
Homa Arjomand (via video message): Homa is an Iranian-born political activist now based in Canada. She is a well known leading force to stop Sharia Court in Canada. While working full time for women and girls at risk, Homa has led other numerous human rights and pro-secular and pro-democracy campaigns. Among them: Stop Polygamy; Stop Honor Killing; International campaign to close down Iranian embassies and Campaign for One Secular School in Ontario. She is the founder of the Cultural Bridges Association. Homa has received numerous awards in recognition of her tireless efforts and achievements, including Humanist of The Year Award (2006) and Ruby Award (2014).