Women of various religious backgrounds gathered for a first of its kind summit challenging Islamophobia.

More than 20 women attended North Wales' first Pathways to Peace event at the Rhyl Mosque, on Warren Road, to discuss an interfaith approach to peace.

Representatives of the ASK Christian centre on Water Street, Baha’i - a religion that teaches the equality of all religions - and the Triratna Buddhist Group met with organisers the Ahamdiyya Muslim Women’s Association to present the subject of women and peace from their respective beliefs.

Organiser Mumtaz Ahmed Rana said: “The general perception of people is that Muslim women are oppressed and have no freedom.

“This event will hopefully cleanse that image and show that Muslim women are free to do whatever they wish and can share their views peacefully with people of different backgrounds.

”While Islam’s teachings do include submitting oneself to the will of God to find personal peace, they also stress the importance of pursuing and actively creating peaceful relations within our communities as well as internationally.

The afternoon session also included a Q and A session, and concluded with a silent prayer and gift giving to all guests by the Amadiyya president Fakhra Richardson of headscarves as a token of appreciation.