Euro-American Women's Council

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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 12, 2010 22:07 ET

Greece Honours Almas Jiwani, President of United Nations Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM) Canada With a Commemorative Stamp


ATHENS, GREECE--(Marketwire - July 12, 2010) - The Government of Greece in association with the Hellenic Post Office Authority of Greece and Ms. Loula Loi Alafoyiannis, Founder and Executive Global President, EAWC, has honored Almas Jiwani, President of UNIFEM Canada, with a commemorative stamp in recognition of her lifelong commitment and contribution to advocating for women's equality rights around the world.

Ms. Jiwani is one of 16 distinguished honorees selected from across the world to receive the 2010 Artemis Award. She is the second Canadian recipient in the award's history, and the first UNIFEM president honoured with a commemorative stamp in Greece. The announcement was made on July 10th 2010 by Ms. Alafoyiannis, Mr. Nikitas Kaklamanis, The Honorable Mayor of the City of Athens, Ms. Zisi Rodoula, The Vice President of the Hellenic Parliament, Former Deputy Minister for the Environment, Deputy Minister of the Economy for External Affairs, Member Parliament for Magnisia Perfecture, The President of the Greek National Tourist Office, Mr. Nikolaos Kanellopoulos, and Mrs. Dionysia Theodora Avgerinopoulou, Member of Hellenic Parliament, in recognition of the honorees' achievements in promoting cross-cultural dialogue and humanitarian development of women across the world.

Ms. Jiwani will also be inducted into the Women's Hall of Fame, on July 13, 2010, at the birthplace of the Goddess Artemis, the sacred island of Delos. Ms. Alafoyiannis, "we welcome our honourees, who bridge nations and cultures, set economic trends, exercise influence, innovate change and make a difference in our world." "I am deeply honored and humbled with this exceptional honour and express my heartfelt gratitude to Loula and the Government of Greece in accepting these prestigious recognitions", Ms. Jiwani stated. "You have inspired and invigorated me to continue in my role as President of UNIFEM Canada, to take robust and purposeful action towards our common goal of gender equality and women's empowerment."

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 UNIFEM and UNIFEM Canada

UNIFEM is the women's fund at the United Nations, dedicated to advancing women's rights and achieving gender equality. UNIFEM Canada is one of eighteen national committees of UNIFEM worldwide. UNIFEM provides financial and technical assistance to innovative programmes and strategies that foster women's empowerment. UNIFEM works on the premise that it is the fundamental right of every woman to live a life free from discrimination and violence and that gender equality is essential to achieving development and to building just societies.

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