National Committee for UN Women - Canada

National Committee for UN Women - Canada

September 29, 2011 15:28 ET

Media Advisory: 2011 UN Women National Committee Canada Awards Luncheon

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Sept. 29, 2011) -

ATTENTION: Media Assignment Editors

UN Women Canada National Committee

In support of women's empowerment and gender equality.

Theme: Fulfilling the Promise - Progress for Women, Progress for All

Purpose: Celebrating the outstanding contributions of UN Women Canada National Committee, honouring the humanitarian works of distinguished women and connecting like-minded corporate, academic, philanthropic, government and institutional supporters of women's empowerment and international development.

Date: Monday, October 3rd 2011

Time: 11:30 am - 2:00 pm

Venue: The Rideau Club, 99 Bank Street, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

Distinguished Guests:

+VIP Chief Guest: Ms. Michelle Bachelet, Former President of Chile and UN Women Executive Director;

+Almas Jiwani, President, UN Women Canada National Committee

+Her Excellency, The Honourable Michaëlle Jean, Former Governor General of Canada, UNESCO Envoy for Haiti;

+Honourable Rona Ambrose, Minister of Public Works and Government Services and Minister for Status of Women;

+John Hendra, Deputy Executive Director, Policy and Programme Bureau Assistant Secretary-General of the United Nations

+Ms. Yassine Fall, Economic Adviser, Economic Empowerment / MDG Cluster

+Ms. Sibel Selsuk, Economic Specialist, Economic Empowerment / MDG Cluster

+Hosts: Ms. Sophie Gregoire, Host, E-Talk CTV and Justin Trudeau, MP for Papineau


Honorary Tribute: Ms. Belinda Stronach, CEO, The Belinda Stronach Foundation (TBSF)

Recognition of Special Contribution: Ms. Joy Smith, MP, Kildonan– St. Paul

* Journalists and Media Companies are advised to confirm their attendance by emailing:

About the UN Women National Committee Canada Award

The UN Women Canada Award (previously UNIFEM Canada Award) is the highest accolade of the UN Women Canada National Committee whose past recipients include Her Excellency Michaëlle Jean, Former Governor General of Canada, Sally Armstrong, reporter and journalist for women's equality, Louis Frechette, Former United Nations Deputy Secretary General, Nur Jehan Mawani, Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN) Kyrgyz Representative and many other illustrious personalities that have tirelessly worked to mainstream gender equality in Canada and across the world.

Each year, the UN Women Canada Award is given to honour an exceptional individual (male or female) who has contributed significantly to one or more of the following goals, through their career, volunteer activities or other endeavours including:

  • promotion of women's empowerment and gender equality;
  • elimination of violence against all women and girls;
  • protection and promotion of women's human rights;
  • strengthening of women's economic capacity;
  • transformation of government by promoting participation of women in decision-making processes;
  • contributing to a greater awareness of women's issues globally

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 initiatives, creates awareness within the Canadian government for increased contribution for UN Women projects, and encourages non-governmental organizations, academics and institutions to promote and support UN Women initiatives.

For more information on the UN Women Canada National Committee, the 2011 UN Women Canada Award or the Awards Luncheon or for an interview with Ms. Almas Jiwani, please contact:
Ms. Jess Devries
Special Projects Lead
National Committee for UN Women Canada
613 869 3235 /

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