Audrey E. Kitagawa, the current Chair of the UN Task Force and the Programmatic Areas Standing Committee of the Parliament of the World’s Religions selected as the first women chair of PoWR. It was a historical moment witnessed by city of Toronto. It is first time that a woman came in to such a prestigious position in the history of PoWR.Audrey E. Kitagawa, also the President/Founder of the International Academy for Transcultural Cooperation, the President of the Light of Awareness International Spiritual Family, the former Advisor to the Office of the Special Representative of the Secretary General for Children and Armed Conflict at the United Nations.
The curtain came down on the 2018 Parliament of the World’s Religions hosted by the city of Toronto from November 1st.This is the same Parliament of World’s Religions in which Swami Vivekananda delivered his speech in 1893 at Chicago and attracted world’s attention to Indian spirituality heritage.The 2018 Parliament of the World’s Religions was attended by more than 10,000 persons of faith and conscience from 80 countries and with more than 200 unique spiritual backgrounds. The Parliament offered programming for all, from scholars and activists to families and children – lectures to interactive cultural experiences. Parliament presenters included students, clergy, interfaith leaders, scholars, Nobel Laureates, city mayors, spiritual luminaries, best-selling authors, globally-recognized entertainers, thought leaders, state actors, and more.