University of Alberta African Students' Association (AFSA)

University of Alberta African Students' Association (AFSA)
World University Service of Canada (WUSC)

World University Service of Canada (WUSC)
National Committee for UN Women - Canada

National Committee for UN Women - Canada

February 07, 2012 11:37 ET

Almas Jiwani, President of UN Women Canada National Committee to Kick Off Opening Ceremonies at the 2012 Africa Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow Conference at the University of Alberta

EDMONTON, ALBERTA--(Marketwire - Feb. 7, 2012) -

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Almas Jiwani, President of the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women Canada - National Committee) will deliver the keynote address at the conference hosted by the African Students' Association (AFSA) at the University of Alberta, Africa Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow: Exploring the Multi-dimensional Discourses on 'Development', on Friday February 10, 2012.

"We are delighted and honoured that Ms. Jiwani has accepted our invitation to deliver the keynote address at the 2012 Conference. Her great work around the world embodies the plight of gender equality," expressed Conference Chair and Convener Nathan Andrews. He further added that "Ms. Jiwani embodies women's rights in Canada and we could not have a better representative to raise awareness of these issues at this year's conference, which focuses on the multi-dimensional discourses of development in the state of Africa."

AFSA extends an invitation to students, scholars, professionals, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), and community members interested in all aspects of African development to this conference scheduled for February 10-11, 2012. The complexity of Africa's development from a multi-disciplinary standpoint, against the backdrop of the idea of "development" from an economic, political, cultural, social and infrastructural will be discussed.

Ms. Jiwani will present a keynote address on the topic of "Gender Equality in Africa: Achieving Human Security and the State of Refugees" during opening Gala ceremony. She will also take the opportunity to educate the audience about the United Nations' approach to this issue. "Development will not happen until ALL women are included. I have been working with the African government and several organizations personally and the United Nations Women is committed to bringing about change in the African community. By working together we can bring new era of hope for women and girls in Africa." says Ms. Jiwani.

The opening ceremony is in collaboration with the World University Service of Canada's annual Student Refugee Program Gala. An annual affair to raise awareness and support for the student-to-student sponsorship program which has been a part of the University of Alberta tradition for over 20 years. Doors open at 6:00p.m, program start at 6:30 pm, and dinner will be served by 7pm at the Lister Conference Centre on the University of Alberta campus. Entertainment includes Edmonton's own Spoken word Poet and Canadian champion Ahmed Knowmadic and a musical duo by our beloved Aditya Rao and Ramya Kandala!

Tickets for the Gala can be purchased online at www.tixonthesquare.ca/event/detail/4607, or to register for the entire two days of activities visit: www.afsaualberta.org.

Ms. Jiwani will speak during the opening gala which begins at 6 pm.

About UN Women Canada National Committee

The National Committee for UN Women Canada National Committee raises the 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.

About University of Alberta African Students' Association (AFSA)

AFSA is a student group at the University of Alberta that provides an engaging forum for all students of African descent and all those interested in issues of African concern in Edmonton. AFSA's objective is to initiate programs of special interest to African students with a view of articulating a progressive African position and generating informed support for African development.

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