Euro-American Women's Council

Euro-American Women's Council
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)

July 07, 2010 19:27 ET

Almas Jiwani, President of United Nations Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM) Canada Honored in Greece

ATHENS, GREECE--(Marketwire - July 7, 2010) -

Editors Note: A photo will be available with this release on the Marketwire website on July 8.

Almas Jiwani, a noted Canadian entrepreneur, President and CEO of Frontier Canada Inc., and the President of the Canadian National Committee of the United Nations Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM Canada), was recognized today for her continuous and exceptional work in eliciting awareness of equal rights for women and encouraging the empowerment of women. This morning, Ms. Jiwani was one of 6 distinguished honourees bestowed with the "Goddess Artemis Award", in Athens, Greece, at the Euro-American Women's Council's (EAWC) lavish red carpet ceremony recognizing her endeavours in promote cross-cultural dialogue and humanitarian development of women across the world.

In accordance with this Award, Ms. Jiwani will also be inducted into the Women's Hall of Fame, on July 13, 2010, at the Goddess Artemis birthplace, on the sacred island of Delos.

Loula Loi Alafoyiannis, Founder & Executive Global President of EAWC, Ministers, Members of Hellenic Parliament, Mayors, Ambassadors from several countries, dignitaries and celebrities were among other government officials gathered at the historic Zappeion Megaron Pavillion to honour the recipients of this prestigious Award.

Loula Loi Alafoyiannis, in relation to today's honourees stated, "we welcome our honourees who bridge nations, cultures and make a difference in our world." When asked why Ms. Jiwani was selected for this award, Ms. Alafoyiannis stated "I am fully aware of Almas' global achievements, especially her contributions to the UN, developing countries and her professional work as well. Almas' strong leadership in connecting women worldwide of an enabling environment is unique. Her name is really a carte blanche and it is a privilege for us and the Government of Greece to honor such stature among the other distinguished honourees receiving the Goddess Artemis Award today."

In celebrating the conferral of this esteemed Award upon their leader, members of the Board of Directors of UNIFEM Canada stated that "Ms. Jiwani truly exemplifies what the Goddess Artemis Award is all about: spectacular personal achievements, continuous promotion of the empowerment of women, and a great passion to create a better understanding of, and relationships between, cultures and across borders. She most definitely serves as a true epitome of role models for our future generations."

This conferral marks a momentous occasion for UNIFEM (worldwide) and also for Canada as Ms. Jiwani is the first global UNIFEM member and the second Canadian in the award's history to have this Award bestowed upon her and first Canadian to be inducted in Women's Hall of Fame. Furthermore, Ms. Jiwani is the first Ismaili – follower of His Highness the Aga Khan selected as a recipient of this prominent honour.

About Artemis Awards

The Artemis Awards are presented annually to leaders from around the world to recognize their distinguished achievements in the fields of business, politics, journalism and academics, who bridge nations and cultures, set economic trends, exercise influence, innovate change, and make a different in this world.

About EAWC

EAWC's mission is to strengthen the status of women in the global marketplace by building strategic alliances between women in business and prominent leaders across the world. Through EAWC, women of diverse backgrounds and accomplishments work together to advance women's access to positions of leadership and to pave the way for the next generations of women.

About Almas Jiwani

Almas Jiwani is a self-made businesswoman who, in addition to her professional work, is also a dedicated humanitarian. Her remarkable life commitment to empowering women and girls who are victimized and silenced across the globe makes her the first among equals. As President of United Nations Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM) Canada, Ms. Jiwani works tirelessly to advocate the participation of women in decision-making processes and travels extensively around the world for speaking engagements, to enrich lives and uplift the status of women globally. 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.

Founded in 1996, EAWC is a 501 © 3, not-for-profit organization

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