National Committee for UN Women - Canada

National Committee for UN Women - Canada

September 06, 2011 00:01 ET

Almas Jiwani to Address Network of Women Parliamentarians at COPA

QUEBEC CITY, QUEBEC--(Marketwire - Sept. 6, 2011) -

Editors Note: There are two photos associated with this press release.

Almas Jiwani, President of the UN Women Canada National Committee will address the Network of Women Parliamentarians of the Americas (Network) during the Annual Meeting of the Network which will be held in conjunction with the General Assembly of the Parliamentary Confederation of the Americas (COPA) in Quebec City, on September 6, 2011.

Ms. Jiwani will deliver the keynote address to open the conference on the theme of "Women's Commitment to a Better Future: Water, Poverty, and Sustainable Development." In her address, Ms. Jiwani will explore the alarming fact that, despite accounting for over one-half of the potential talent base across the world, the potential economic, social, and environmental contributions of women have largely been unutilized and underutilized.

The Network of Women Parliamentarians meets annual in conjunction with the General assembly of the COPA to share experiences on issues concerning gender equality. The UN Women Canada National Committee recognizes the commitment to the promotion of equality and fair representation of women as shown through the work of the Network of Women Parliamentarians of the Americas and expresses a shared solidarity with the guiding values of the Network and the COPA, which include respect for human rights, peace, democracy, solidarity among peoples, social justice, and equity between men and women.

Ms Jiwani says: "UN Women Canada is committed to fostering gender equality in a sustainable and empowering fashion. The theme of this year's Network annual meeting recognizes that women are committed to creating a better future through water, poverty and sustainable development initiatives. Moving forwards it must be recognized that woman are not only committed, but must be included as active and key participants in alleviating world-wide poverty."

About UN Women

UN Women works to address the challenges of promoting gender equality globally. It will be 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 are to support inter-governmental bodies in the formulation of policies, global standards, and norms; help member states implement these standards and forge effective partnerships with civil society; and to hold the UN system accountable for its own commitments on gender equality.

About National Committee for UN Women – Canada

The National Committee for UN Women - Canada is an independent non-governmental organization that raises UN Women's profile and promotes its work in Canada; the National Committee raises funds for UN Women projects; creates awareness within the Canadian government for increased contribution for UN Women projects; and encourages non-governmental organizations to promote and support UN Women initiatives.

About COPA (Parliamentary Federation of the Americas)

The Parliamentary Confederation of the Americas (COPA) is an organization that brings together the congresses and parliamentary assemblies of the unitary, federal, federated and associated States, the regional parliaments and the interparliamentary organizations of the Americas. The Network of Women Parliamentarians of the Americas brings together the women members of parliamentary assemblies of unitary, federal and federated states, regional parliaments, and interparliamentary organizations in the Americas. Its members engage in concerted action on matters relating to women so that they may be taken into account within the continent's legislative bodies. As part of the COPA since 1999, the Network has been actively developing expertise on various women's issues on which parliamentarians have the power to take action.

To view the first photo associated with this press release, please visit the following link: http://www.marketwire.com/library/20110902-pqparliament800.jpg.

To view the second photo associated with this press release, please visit the following link: http://www.marketwire.com/library/20110902-pqparlint800.jpg.

Contact Information