National Committee for UN Women - Canada

National Committee for UN Women - Canada
Interdisciplinary Research Centre on Family Violence and Violence Against Women

Interdisciplinary Research Centre on Family Violence and Violence Against Women

May 27, 2011 11:49 ET

Almas Jiwani to Address Complex Realities and New Issues Surrounding Women Abuse at the Second Colloque International Conference on Violence Against Women

MONTREAL, QUEBEC--(Marketwire - May 27, 2011) - The Interdisciplinary Research Centre on Family Violence and Violence Against Women (CRI – VIFF) will feature Ms. Almas Jiwani, President of the National Committee for the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women – Canada) as one of the keynote speakers at the Second Colloque International Conference on Violence Against Women.

The conference organized by CRI – VIFF and its Women, Violence and Vulnerable Situations research team are pleased to present this year's theme - "Violence Against Women: Complex Realities and New Issues in a Changing World" which will bring together researchers, practitioners, political decision makers , students, civil society groups and dignitaries including the Minister of Culture, Communications and Women Christine St-Pierre to share knowledge and practices and debate current issues in the field.

"We are very pleased that Ms. Jiwani has agreed to attend the opening session of our conference. Violence against women is a priority area for UN Women and its presence at our conference, which brings together more than 600 participants from more than 40 nationalities, will bring a global perspective to this issue," said Maryse Rinfret-Raynor, chairperson of the conference scientific committee.

"The National Committee for UN Women – Canada recognizes that violence against women is inextricably linked to gender-based inequalities and every effort should be made to break down gender barriers and ensure that the voices of women are heard", stated Almas Jiwani, President of the National Committee for UN Women Canada. She further expressed her hope for the outcome of the conference in that "it is our obligation as experts in the field to work together and put an end to gender-based violence."

With the numerous and diverse challenges facing violence against women, the conference serves as a forum for dialogue, reflection and debate centered around three categories: theoretical models, violence against women and responses. The aim of the four day event is to reconsider the paradigms generally used to explain the complexity of the problem and generate alternatives in order to improve understanding of the issue.

The Conference will be held in Montreal at the Delta Centre-Ville Hotel from May 29 to June 1, 2011.

For more information or to download the conference's program, please visit,
http://www.conferenceviolence.com/english/home/introduction-word/.

About UN Women-Canada

The National Committee for UN Women - Canada works to address the challenges of promoting gender equality globally. UN Women is a dynamic and strong champion for women and girls, providing them with a powerful voice at the global, regional, and local levels. The main roles of UN Women – Canada is to raise UN Women's profile and promotes its work in Canada; raise funds for UN Women projects; creates awareness within the Canadian government for increased contribution for UN Women projects; and encouragement of non-governmental organizations, civil society, political and corporate leaders to promote and support UN Women initiatives.

About CRI-VIFF

The Interdisciplinary Research Center on Family Violence and Violence against Women (CRI-VIFF) brings together researchers, community and institutional workers as well as students, all sharing the same goal, to contribute to knowledge advancement on family violence and violence against women. The Center carries out research, training, and dissemination activities on the national and international foregrounds.

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