UN Women Canada National Committee

UN Women Canada National Committee
World Partnership Walk

World Partnership Walk

May 23, 2012 20:56 ET

Join UN Women Canada National Committee at the 2012 World Partnership Walk to Fight Global Poverty

MONTREAL, QUEBEC--(Marketwire - May 23, 2012) - UN Women Canada National Committee encourages Canadians to participate in the World Partnership Walk in their respective city, to advance the cause of alleviating global poverty and to contribute to the international movement to meet the United Nations Millennium Development Goals (MDGS) by 2015.

The aim of the World Partnership Walk is to raise funds for programs that are bringing health care, education, clean water and economic opportunities to some of the most inhospitable and underdeveloped parts of the world.

"The aim of the World Partnership Walk is to help communities across the developing world identify and find lasting solutions to poverty. Ensuring that girls and women participate in, and benefit equally from development is critical to this process," said Almas Jiwani, President of UN Women Canada National Committee. "Show your support; your participation in the Walk, taking place in cities across Canada this spring, is another way for us to express that we care for the underprivileged and that we want to make a difference in the lives of the poor."

Since its debut almost 30 years ago, the World Partnership Walk has raised over $70 million for international development programs and initiatives, making it the largest and most successful event of its kind in Canada. Funds raised by the Walk go entirely to overseas development programs.

"The support of Canadians over the years has been vital to sustaining effective, community-driven programs in places the world seems to have forgotten, such as northern Afghanistan, Mozambique, and coastal Kenya," said Ashina Sheriff, Convenor of the Walk in Montreal. "Yet, in these places, despite a harsh existence, there is hope: more girls are going to school, communities are growing enough food to feed themselves, and babies and young mothers are thriving, all thanks to our contributions."

The 2012 World Partnership Walk will occur in ten cities namely, Toronto, Vancouver, Victoria, London, Montreal, Regina, Calgary, Edmonton, Kitchener-Waterloo, Ottawa. Take steps with UN Women Canada and the World Partnership Walk in your city by creating or joining a team, registering as an individual or getting involved in other ways. Visit www.worldpartnershipwalk.com for additional details.

About the National Committee for UN Women-Canada

The National Committee for UN Women - Canada raises 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.

For an interview with Ms. Almas Jiwani, President of UN Women Canada National Committee or for more information about UN Women Canada National Committee, please contact:

Mr. Ovais Shah
Research and Communications Chair
UN Women Canada National Committee
613-234-8252 x 103
communications@unwomencanada.org
www.unwomencanada.org
Ms. Andrea Smith
Research and Communications Team Member
UN Women Canada National Committee
416-333-6261
asmith@unwomencanada.org
www.unwomencanada.org

About Aga Khan Foundation Canada (AKFC)

For more than 25 years, Aga Khan Foundation Canada has worked with Canada and Canadians to support sustainable improvements in the quality of life of poor, marginalized communities in Asia and Africa, as well as foster dialogue on critical global issues to enhance Canada's unique leadership in world affairs.

AKFC is an agency of the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN), a family of private, non-denominational development agencies with mandates ranging from health and education to architecture, culture, microfinance, disaster reduction, rural development, the promotion of private-sector enterprise and the revitalization of historic cities. The Network is dedicated to improving living conditions and opportunities for the poor, without regard to their faith, origin or gender. The World Partnership Walk is one of the many initiatives of the AKFC to further its mandate of eradicating poverty.

To learn more about Aga Khan Foundation Canada or the World Partnership Walk, please contact:

Jennifer Pepall
Director of Public Affairs
Aga Khan Foundation Canada
+1 (613) 237 2532 ext. 120
jpepall@akfc.ca

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