The Canadian National Committee of the United Nations Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM Canada)

The Canadian National Committee of the United Nations Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM Canada)

September 10, 2010 22:40 ET

Almas Jiwani, President of the Canadian National Committee for UNIFEM (part of UN Women), to Lead and Support Transition Towards Canadian Partnerships

With the New United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women: UN Women

VIENNA, AUSTRIA--(Marketwire - Sept. 10, 2010) - The United Nations Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM, part of UN Women) recognizes the importance of the UNIFEM (part of UN Women) National Committee for Canada and looks forward to its contribution towards solidifying Canada's partnership with the newly established United Nations Gender Entity for Empowerment of Women (UN Women) effective January 2011.

UN Women was formulated as part of the UN reform agenda, a historic move to bring together four key UN organizations, including UNIFEM amalgamated to create the new gender entity that will advance greater resources and mandates in the United Nation's mission for gender equality and the empowerment of women. The new entity will support inter-governmental bodies, such as the Commission on the Status of Women, in the creation of policies, global standards and norms, and it will also assist Member States upon their request, including Canada, to implement these standards. 

To this new entity, UN Women, Ms. Jiwani brings a wealth of knowledge, experience and vision to usher Canada into a New Era of Women's Empowerment. Ms. Jiwani has served in various leadership capacities over the years, including her role as a director of UNIFEM Canada and more recently as the President of the Canadian National Committee of UNIFEM. 

Ines Alberdi, the Executive Director of UNIFEM (part of UN Women), reflecting on Almas' international work across the world stated "Ms. Jiwani has demonstrated a strong commitment to raising awareness of gender equality issues and advancing the empowerment of women. She has worked tirelessly to raise awareness and funds for UNIFEM's work in Asia and Africa to support gender justice and the economic empowerment of women."

Dr. Moez Dorald, Deputy Executive Director for UNIFEM (part of UN Women) stated during a recent International meeting of UNIFEM (part of UN Women) National Committees in Vienna that "Almas has a long-standing connection with the women's movement and her years of experience with UNIFEM's National Committee in Canada and other women's rights organizations promises to heighten awareness of, and mobilization of support for the United Nations gender equality platform to a new level. We count on her and her innovative leadership of the Canadian National Committee to help advocate for the new United Nations Gender Entity on Empowerment of Women (UN Women) and to contribute considerably to raising the partnership with Canada to a new level."

The Board of directors, National Advisory Council and Chapter executives of the Canadian National Committee for UNIFEM (part of UN Women) stated: "We are very excited and ready to lead this historic entity in Canada under Ms. Jiwani's outstanding leadership. Since the outset of her presidency, she restructured the organization, and in just a few months with a qualified and professional Board, a high profile UNIFEM Advisory Council and an energetic youth committee. She also forged crucial partnerships for UNIFEM with Government officials. In her new position to lead the National Committee for UN Women, "Ms. Jiwani's leadership experience in humanitarian and international development is of magnitude proportions. Her past experience and visionary action plan will greatly enhance the gender-equality advocacy efforts in Canada."

For the new entity, Almas Jiwani has vowed to use her proven commitment, broad-based leadership skills to the advantage and service of underprivileged women, survivors of violence and abuse, advocacy for the Millennium Development Goals in support of UN Women.

"My Board and I are very excited and highly supportive of the UN's new strategic direction on gender equality. Through a strong UN Women, we will be stronger in our mutual goals of advancing gender equality and the empowerment of women. Let us seize this opportunity and the momentum, and work with renewed energy and enthusiasm towards our collective goals," stated Ms. Jiwani.

About UNIFEM and the Canadian National Committee (

UNIFEM is now a part of the United Nations Gender Entity for the Empowerment of Women (UN Women) following a United Nations general Assembly resolution adopted on 2 July 2010. UN Women will be operational in January 2011. It is the women's fund at the United Nations, dedicated to advancing women's rights and achieving gender equality. It provides financial and technical assistance to innovative programmes and strategies that foster women's empowerment. UNIFEM works on the premise that it is the fundamental right of every woman to live a life free from discrimination and violence, and that gender equality is essential to achieving development and to building just societies.

The Canadian National Committee of the United Nations Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM NC Canada) is one of the eighteen UNIFEM national committees that are non-governmental organizations across the world, which raise the profile and support UNIFEM's work across the world.

About UN Women (

In an historic move, the United Nations General Assembly voted unanimously on 2 July 2010 to create a new entity to accelerate progress in meeting the needs of women and girls worldwide.

The establishment of the UN Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women — to be known as UN Women — is a result of years of negotiations between UN Member States and advocacy by the global women's movement. It is part of the UN reform agenda, bringing together resources and mandates for greater impact.

"I am grateful to Member States for having taken this major step forward for the world's women and girls," said Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in a statement welcoming the decision. "UN Women will significantly boost UN efforts to promote gender equality, expand opportunity, and tackle discrimination around the globe."

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