Azerbaijani Women's Support Centre - AWSC
continues supporting those who have been afflicted by the earthquake in Turkiye and Syria. The packages included warm blankets, coats, hats, gloves, sweaters, and also medical and emergency supplies and food boxes with non-perishable items. We also made money transfers to Diyanet Canada to help victims in Turkey via AFAD! Your help is still needed! Hundreds of thousands of people have been affected! You can claim part of your donations during your tax return. Our charity number is 842500878RR0001
October 29, 2022: Find out more about the event that celebrated women philosophers:
September 10, 2022: Find out more about the event that celebrated the life and legacy of Yunus Emre and Khurshidbanu Natevan https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2TyTmDIC6gM
June 18, 2022: we had an amazing day with our children! Thanks to our summer interns and volunteers for organizing the event. Join us next time!
May 7, 2022:
Happy Mother’s Day!
April 17, 2022: Celebrating Ramadan with Azerbaijani students! Opening Iftar @Azerbaijani Women’s Support Centre
Speaker Feyza Hoca from Diyanet Canada
March 9, 2022: Representatives of the AWSC visited Darcia Moskaluk-Rutkay, President of the Ukrainian Women’s Association of Canada at the St. Demetrius Ukrainian Orthodox Church in Toronto and delivered a donation cheque from the AWSC members to the Canada-Ukraine Foundation and offered support to the organization.
AWSC is proud of our children, parents and of course, the teachers of the Azerbaijani Language Class at TDSB for another successful year.
Yegana Jafarova and Gulnar Nasirova, you are the heroes of this community.
We also thank our sponsors for supporting us to prepare New Year gifts for children (December 26, 2021).
CELEBRATING THE UNITY
On December 26, 2021, AWSC organzied an event to celebrate the Azerbaijani Language Class at TDSB. AWSC is proud of our children, parents and of course, the teachers for another successful year. Yegana Jafarova and Gulnar Nasirova, you are the heroes of this community. We also thank our sponsors for supporting us to prepare New Year gifts for children.
INTERNATIONAL WOMEN'S DAY
On March 8, 2021, AWSC organized an event honouring the the history of women's organizations in Canada. Our speakers were Nuzhat Jafri (CCMW), Eva Karpati (NCJWC, Toronto), Azeezah Kanji (Noor Cultural Centre), Barbara Helms (Faith leader, Chaplain), Arzu Jaeed (Social Activist). Our performers Christina Willatt, Minira Najafzade, Dr. Vusale Yusif and Shabnam Shikhaliyeva, and Dr. Shervin Shadpour and Gunel Hasanova also joined us with their musical performances.
FAMILY DAY CELEBRATION
On February 13, 2021, AWSC celebrated the Family Day with Prof. Firudin Agasioglu. For more, please visit us at:
EFFECTIVE TAX STRATEGIES WITH CPA
We are required to file a tax return every year. The process determines how much taxes we have to pay, how much we have already paid or we will get a refund of the taxes that have been withheld. On January 14, 2021, AWSC together with Chartered Professional Accountants has organized this event to learn about effective tax strategies. Our speaker was Heather Walsh from CPA. https://www.facebook.com/azerwomen/posts/193121359227075
CELEBRATING THE NEW YEAR AND THE DAY OF SOLIDARITY OF THE WORLD AZERBAIJANIS
On December 26, 2020, AWSC volunteers distributed gists to children in the community to celebrate the New Year and the Day of Solidarity of the World Azerbaijanis.
ANCIENT CAUCASIAN ALBANIAN CHURCHES IN KARABAGH
On December 19, 2020, AWSC organized an event to celebrate the history and legacy of Caucasian Albanian Churches, the historical and cultural heritage of Azerbaijan. Our speakers were Dr. Bayram Quliyev and Robert Mobili. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WNCBAyPLv5U&t=3583s
On December 3, 2020, the AWSC Board of Director, Dr. Nazila Isgandarova represented the Azerbaijani community in the meeting with the Rt. Hon. Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada, and faith leaders to reflect on faith communities' contribution in a pandemic. The event was organized by the Canadian Council of Churches, the Canadian Interfaith Conversation, and the Canadian Multifaith Federation. Dr. Isgandarova had the opportunity to share the survey by AWSC on perspectives on back to school during COVID-19 with the Prime Minister, the organizers and the participants.
AWSC in 2019-2020
AWSC, August 20, 2020
On August 20, 2020, Prof. Firudin Agasioglu Jalilov, a well-known Azerbaijani scholar, discussed the early Turkic roots of Azerbaijani people. He talked about the ancient proto-Turkic speaking tribes such as Kuti, lullubi, su, turukki, Skits, Sakhs, and others who established states in the territory of Azerbaijan. He noted that these states were able to create powerful states and established alliances with neighborhood states. According to Prof. Agasioglu, the historical materials by early Latin and Greek sources indicate that Alban/Albaniya/Aghvan/Aghvanq/Aran states established by Turkic speaking tribes such as Kimmers/Kamar, Sakhas/Iskits, Masagets/Maskat/Maskut, Kaspi, As/az, and non-Turkic tribes who were minority in South and North Azerbaijan.
On August 20, 2020, Dr. Bayram Bayramov talked about the Church of Albania or the Albanian Apostolic Church which was the most ancient Christian church in the Caucasus and survived to be independent until 1836. The architecture of the Albanian Churches was and are completely distinguishable from the Armenian Gregorian Churches. Despite the attempts to Armenize the Caucasian Albanian churches during the Russian colonialists, Armenian settlers in the Caucasus and the Soviet Empire, these churches have always remained valuable cultural and historical heritage of great Azerbaijan.
On August 20, 2020, Fatima Quliyeva talked about the forceful Armenization of the Christian heritage of Azerbaijan. She mentioned that after the Russian invasion, a hundred thousand Armenians were settled in the territory of Azerbaijan, including West Azerbaijan. The research proves that the Alban/Kipchak Christian dynasties and political bodies in Karabagh, Sunik, and Gafan belong to Albanian feudal generations lived in Khachin in late middle ages who were descendants of Hasan Jalal’s family, Albanian Mehranilar and Arshakilar dynasties.
On August 20, 2020, Dr. Elsever Samedov gave a speech about the history of Christianity in Azerbaijan. As it is well-known, Christianity spread in Caucasian Albania in the 1st century through St. Elisæus of Albania, who was a disciple of St. Thaddeus of Edessa. Unfortunately, the Caucasian Albanian church did not survive the Armenization of the Church first during the Arab invasion and later on, the Russian occupation of Azerbaijan.