UN Women National Committee Canada

UN Women National Committee Canada

May 02, 2013 18:37 ET

Almas Jiwani Honored with an MDG Meritorious Award at the 2013 Women Advancement Forum in South Africa

JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA--(Marketwired - May 2, 2013) -

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Almas Jiwani, President of UN Women National Committee Canada was presented with a Women's Advancement Forum's 2013 MDG Meritorious Award by Governor's wife, Her Excellency Olufunso Amosun,in Johannesburg. The award is sponsored by DuPont and is presented for contribution to realization of Millennium Development Goals.

The Women Advancement Forum is held from April 28 - May 3, 2013 to connect women leaders and provide an environment for networking and capacity building. Participants have the opportunity to discuss the economic status of women, advancement in the position of women and steps that need to be undertaken to further promote women's empowerment in business, politics and society.

This year's forum is dedicated to the actualization of the UN's 2015 Millennium Development Goals (MDG's) and over five hundred women from six continents are participating in the event.

"I am honored to receive this award and I am privileged to be amongst the company of distinguished guests. This forum is a valuable opportunity for women professionals to engage in opinion exchange and the discussion about gender equality," says Jiwani of the award. Commenting on the event, she adds: "Women's empowerment is a topic that needs to be re-addressed and discussed iteratively until satisfactory results have been achieved. The international community cannot afford to desist and decelerate in the pursuit of Millennium Development Goals (MDG's) that stipulate full integration and emancipation of women. The goal of achieving gender equality does not stand isolated. In correlation with other development goals, women's empowerment is a contributing factor towards ending poverty and building a safe and prosperous world."

Conference Director, Charles C. Chikzie comments: "Ms. Almas Jiwani is an international icon that continues to selflessly champion the emancipation, Gender Equality and empowerment of women and girls globally. With humanitarians like Jiwani at the helm of the global international development agenda, I'm confident that Civil Society will attain the 2015 MDG goals. We congratulate Ms. Jiwani as the first Canadian and a distinguished recipient of the Women's Advancement Forum's 2013 MDG Meritorious Award."

More About UN Women National Committee Canada

UN Women National Committee Canada raises UN Women's profile and promotes its work in Canada; raises funds for UN Women projects; creates awareness within the Canadian governments for increased funding for UN Women projects; and encourages non-governmental organizations to promote and support UN Women initiatives.

For an interview with Ms. Almas Jiwani, president of UN Women National Committee Canada or for more information about UN Women National Committee Canada or UN Women please contact:

Andrea Smith 416-333-6261
or Ivana Bjelic Vucinic 416 846 1466
Research and Communications
UN Women National Committee Canada

More About Women Advancement Forum 2013

Under the theme "Towards the Actualization of the Millennium Development Goals", the Women Advancement Forum is a Women's Conference that will bring together over 500 women from 6 continents including Africa. Attendance is expected from women from chambers of commerce, women entrepreneurs, professional women, women in business, NGOs, women in politics, and wives of public office holders, among many others. More information is available at www.womenadvancement-mdg-forum.com.

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