Hundreds of women gathered for a peace conference this weekend.

Over 170 guests joined members of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Womens’ Association at Western Europe’s largest mosque - Baitul Futuh Mosque, in Morden on Saturday, November 16.

The National President of the Ladies Auxiliary, Nasira Rehman, said the theme of the evening, A Time for Peace, was especially poignant following remembrance Sunday last week.

Guests had the opportunity to tour the mosque complex which includes libraries and various exhibitions displaying works of the community around the world.

Kim Rogers, a guest, said: "It was quite an eye opener to realise that people think about the same things you think about, I was surprised by the involvement of women in the community and just how empowered they are."

Merton mayor Councillor Crystal Miller talked about faith and heard from Hibatul Rahman Al Jabi’s emotional recounting of her experiences growing up in Syria, giving a first hand account of the realities of international conflict, describing the kidnap and torture of her relative by the Free Syria Rebels.