Governor General of Canada

Governor General of Canada

September 02, 2010 11:24 ET

Governor General's Women's Conference: "Together for Women's Security"

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Sept. 2, 2010) - Her Excellency the Right Honourable Michaëlle Jean, Governor General of Canada, will host the conference "Together for Women's Security" at Rideau Hall, on September 9 and 10, 2010. The event will gather women and men from all provinces and territories.

Throughout her mandate, the Governor General was determined to break down the wall of indifference by giving a voice to women. Therefore, she made it a priority to meet and engage with women during her visits throughout the country and abroad.

"The struggle for equality is not just a woman's struggle; it is the struggle of every person who demands respect, justice and dignity. I strongly believe that we have everything to gain when we give women the means to change their lives for the better. Empower women and you will see a decrease in poverty, illiteracy, illness and violence," Her Excellency said.

The conference aims to create a space for dialogue to talk about best practices and strategies to ensure women's security. The key theme will be discussed during round tables, a plenary session and informal meetings.

Participants at the conference will come from all regions of Canada and represent Canadian society. All have in common a profound commitment to various fields of intervention and to the work they do for women.

Here is the program of the conference:


Thursday, September 9, 2010

9 a.m.
Opening of the conference
Her Excellency the Right Honourable Michaëlle Jean will officially launch the conference. She will talk about the importance of ensuring women's security in Canada and throughout the world.
9:15 a.m. to 10 a.m.
After 50 years, where are we?
Experts on women's rights will assess the evolution of Canadian women's rights since the Canadian Bill of Rights was enacted in 1960.
10:15 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
In women's words
Participants at this panel will share their experiences and expertise as leaders in their respective fields. They will talk about their accomplishments, their challenges, and what they have done, and what they continue to do, to contribute to gender equality.
2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Round tables
Ten round tables will be composed of 12 to 15 people. Using the idea of empowering women by breaking down barriers and solitudes as a starting point, each group will discuss one of the five following themes: exclusion, violence, silence, stigmatization and injustice.
3:45 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Plenary session
One person representing each group will share the fruits of their discussions with the other participants. A discussion will follow.

Friday, September 10, 2010

9:30 a.m. to noon
Challenges and strategies—Discussion with women and men working towards solutions
Panellists will talk about their experience in their areas of expertise and how their actions have helped improve women's security here and around the world. The discussion will be followed by a question and answer period.
12:15 p.m. to 1 p.m.
Final remarks and closing of the conference
Her Excellency the Right Honourable Michaëlle Jean will deliver closing remarks that will officially end the event by summarizing what was discussed during the various activities that were held.

Media wishing to cover the conference must confirm their attendance with Julie Rocheleau before Wednesday, September 8.

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