National Committee for UN Women - Canada

National Committee for UN Women - Canada
Social Services Network

Social Services Network

May 04, 2011 14:05 ET

Almas Jiwani, President of the National Committee for UN Women Addresses the South-Asian Community at the Impact of Family Violence: A South Asian Perspective Event in Toronto, Queens Park

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - May 4, 2011) - Ms. Almas Jiwani, President of the National Committee for the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women – Canada) will be presenting a keynote address at the conference, "Impact of Family Violence: A South Asian Perspective."

The event is organized jointly by Social Services Network, Toronto Police Services Community Mobilization Unit, with support from Peel Regional Police, York Regional Police, Durham Regional Police Service, and the York Region CAS. It will bring together prominent academics, community leaders, government dignitaries, social workers and government personnel to address on the issue of domestic violence in the South Asian community.

Commenting on the conference and Ms. Jiwani's involvement as a prominent expert on gender based violence, Social Services Network Executive Director, Dr. Naila Butt states: "Ms. Jiwani is an advocate for women's empowerment movement internationally and locally and works in collaboration with civil society groups, corporate leaders, academics, government staff and stakeholders to address this issue. These are the key success factors that will lead to social change needed to eliminate the curse of family violence in our society."

Violence against women within families continues to be pervasive in Canada and around the world. In 2006, Statistics Canada reported that in every province and territory, about 8 in 10 victims of spousal violence were women.

Almas Jiwani, President of UN Women Canada, stated: "Domestic abuse is an important issue of concern in countries like Canada where one in five women are immigrants. Despite ongoing commitments to address the issue, violence against women within families continues to be pervasive in Canada and around the world." She adds, "Investment in gender equality will result in eradicating violence against women on an international scale. I encourage all Canadians to come together for collective action. Together we can make a difference locally and globally. It's time to break cycle of violence!"

The conference hopes to engage all facets of the South Asian community as well as all decision makers and frontline responders to family violence in order to educate and enlist their support and effort towards effectively addressing the challenge of domestic abuse.

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 Social Services Network (SSN)

Social Services Network (SSN) works to develop strong functional partnerships with the diverse community groups, community centers and mainstream agencies to deliver appropriate culturally and linguistically sensitive programs.

SSN serves the widely diverse South Asian community that represents numerous cultures, languages and faith groups. SSN has developed a unique service delivery model whereby the services are delivered directly to the community at their places of worship and/or community meeting places. This distinctive approach has had a significant cost effective outcome resulting in an increased community awareness of programs and services that are available for them.

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