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)
APEC JAPAN 2010

APEC JAPAN 2010
WLN

WLN

September 21, 2010 06:44 ET

Almas Jiwani, President of the Canadian National Committee for UNIFEM (part of UN Women), to speak today, at the 15th APEC Women Leaders Network International Conference in Tokyo

TOKYO, JAPAN--(Marketwire - Sept. 21, 2010) - Almas Jiwani, President of the Canadian National Committee of the United Nations Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM Canada), a part of UN Women, and a noted Canadian entrepreneur, President and CEO of Frontier Canada Inc., is currently in Tokyo, Japan, where she has been invited by Ms. Mariko Bando and the Gender Equality Bureau, Cabinet Office, Government of Japan, to join the illustrious panel of speakers participating in the 15th APEC Women Leaders Network (WLN) Meeting.

The 15th APEC WLN Conference, which is being held September 19-21, is themed "Creation of New Global Economic Activities by Women -- Realization Through People, Nature, and Culture." This meeting brings together an audience comprised of Ministers, Mayors, NGOs, Global Corporate leaders and dignitaries from a variety of global corporations and organizations. During these meetings, Ms. Jiwani will be speaking on the topic of "Women's Power as Entrepreneurs".

Ms. Yukako Uchinaga, Chairperson of 2010 APEC WLN Steering Committee, emphasized the importance of having the participation and support of world-renowned speakers at this very important meeting. "We are overjoyed to have the full participation of high-caliber women, such as Ms. Jiwani, at the 2010 APEC WLN, so that women leaders of the 21 APEC economies can further create strong networks for future activities around the globe." Dr .Mariko Bando, former Vice Governor of Saitama Prefecture, Japan's first and only female Consul General in Brisbane, Australia, current President of the Showa Women's University, and author of over 20 books, praised Almas Jiwani's involvement at these meetings in Tokyo, stating, "we could not be more pleased and honoured that Ms. Jiwani so humbly accepted our invitation to address the esteemed international audience here in Tokyo this week. Almas' consistent, exceptional work to generate awareness of gender equality and advocate for the empowerment of women globally, makes her an ideal speaker and panellist for such high profile conference".

Ms. Jiwani, who travels extensively around the world to attend speaking engagements to enrich lives and uplift the status of women globally, was exceptionally pleased to accept the opportunity to speak on a topic dear to her heart. "As President of the Canadian National Committee of the United Nations Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM) Canada, soon to become UN Women Canada, one of my key goals is to advocate the participation of women in decision-making processes. Every time I participate in a platform such as this one, my mission is to elicit action on the part of everyone, all individuals, women and men alike, charitable institutions and socially responsible businesses, to further the support of gender equality".

More About APEC – WLN

The Women Leaders Network (WLN) of APEC (Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation) was founded in 1996 in Manila as an informal, dynamic network which brings together women leaders from all sectors, public, private, academia, civil society, indigenous, rural and women in technology, to provide policy recommendations to APEC officials. The network meets annually at the invitation of the economy which is hosting all APEC Ministerial meetings and the APEC Leaders Meeting. Since 1996, WLN has met in Canada, Malaysia, New Zealand, Brunei, China, Mexico, Thailand, Chile, Korea, Vietnam and Australia. More than 4,000 women have attended over the years and actively participated in drafting recommendations which have been presented to Ministers Responsible for SMEs, Ministers Responsible for Trade, Ministers Responsible for Women, as well as to the APEC Leaders. 

More about Almas Jiwani and UN Women:

Almas Jiwani is a self-made businesswoman who, in addition to her professional work, is also a dedicated humanitarian. Almas' remarkable life commitment to empower women and girls who are victimized and silenced across the globe makes her the first among equals. As President of the Canadian National Committee of the United Nations Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM) Canada, a part of UN Women, Ms. Jiwani works tirelessly to advocate the participation of women in all aspects of the decision-making process. Ms. Jiwani plays a key role in building bridges among charitable institutions and socially responsible businesses. She is a humanitarian who truly embraces and embodies the spirit of volunteerism. Every aspect of her life resonates with her unremitting commitment to help strengthen women's economic capacity as entrepreneurs and producers. She epitomizes a true role model for many.

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