UN Women Canada National Committee

UN Women Canada National Committee

August 28, 2012 12:17 ET

Almas Jiwani, President of UN Women Canada National Committee, to Be Honoured With a Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal

MONTREAL, QUEBEC--(Marketwire - Aug. 28, 2012) -

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Almas Jiwani, President of UN Women Canada National Committee will be presented with a Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal by the Honourable Senator Mobina S.B. Jaffer in Montreal on September 5, 2012. Ms. Jiwani has been selected as a recipient of the award by virtue of her tireless efforts and contributions towards gender equality and human rights within Canada and abroad.

Ms. Jiwani will be presented with the medal at a UN Women Canada National Committee luncheon attended by an elite assembly of influential Canadian leaders, in addition to high-level visiting United Nations dignitaries including Ms. Lakshmi Puri, Assistant Secretary-General for Intergovernmental Support and Strategic Partnerships at the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women, and Deputy Executive Director of UN Women.

Ms. Jiwani has traveled the world as a champion for gender equality, addressing many powerful individuals, including 400 parliamentarians from 42 different countries. Through perseverance and determination, she has made significant contributions towards social change, lending her voice to the call for progress to achieve equal gender rights within domestic and economic spheres worldwide.

In addition to receiving this most recent accolade, Ms. Jiwani has been appointed a Global Ambassador of Peace by the Universal Federation of Peace. She is a proud recipient of the Canadian Governor General's Award, the International Humanitarian Award from the Government of Uganda, a commemorative stamp in her likeness and the Government of Greece has inducted her into their Women's Hall of Fame.

"It is an incredible honour to receive this particular distinction. In my capacity as President of UN Women Canada National Committee I will continue to work steadfastly towards the advancement of human rights and gender equality." said Jiwani. "To be presented this medal by Senator Jaffer, a distinguished and passionate Canadian champion for human rights herself, will be an extremely meaningful moment for the progress of gender equality in Canada," she added.

"Ms. Almas Jiwani has dedicated her life to the advancement of human rights. Her international experience and advocacy for gender equality and women's economic empowerment is laudable," said Senator Jaffer. "It is my great privilege to present her with the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal for her many exceptional contributions and achievements."

The commemorative medal was created to mark the 2012 celebrations of the 60th anniversary of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II's accession to the Throne as Queen of Canada. The Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal is a tangible way for Canada to honour Her Majesty for her service to this country. At the same time, it serves to honour significant contributions and achievements by Canadians.

About UN Women Canada National Committee

UN Women Canada National Committee 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 Canada National Committee or for more information about UN Women Canada National Committee or UN Women please contact:

Andrea Smith
Research and Communications
UN Women Canada National Committee
416-333-6261
communications@unwomencanada.org
http://www.unwomencanada.org/
Jessica Turner
Co-chair of Communications
UN Women Canada National Committee
613-402-7728
jessica.turner@unwomencanada.org
http://www.unwomencanada.org/

About Senator Mobina Jaffer

For more information about the Senator Mobina Jaffer, please visit: http://sen.parl.gc.ca/mjaffer/.

About the Governor General of Canada Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal

For more information about the Governor General of Canada Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal, visit: http://www.gg.ca/document.aspx?id=14019&lan=eng.

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