National Committee of UN Women - Canada.

National Committee of UN Women - Canada.

March 07, 2011 22:57 ET

The National Committee for UN Women-Canada Engages With NGOs and Media Partners on International Women's Day Events

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - March 7, 2011) - Special Message from the National Committee for UN Women – Canada - International Women's Day will be commemorated by the National Committee for UN Women Canada in a series of events and media engagements on March 8, 2011. The date marks the 100th anniversary of the celebration of women's struggles and achievements for equality.

UN Women Canada, a representative non-governmental organization for the newly established United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women, works as a champion for women's rights, to raise awareness and tackle issues of gender inequality in Canada and abroad.

President of UN Women Canada, Ms. Almas Jiwani, recognizes the importance of celebrating International Women's Day as a way to reflect on the past and think towards the future. "Gender equality continues to be out of the grasp of women around the world, including in Canada. Problems in development, peace building and conflict resolution, and national economic prosperity are all rooted in gender inequality," says Ms. Jiwani. "I am pleased to engage in activities to celebrate International Women's Day as a way to raise awareness of the need to accelerate efforts for gender equality worldwide."

Ms. Jiwani will be speaking at Family Service Toronto's If Only I had Known publications launch at Metro Hall in Toronto. This event is the culmination of the If I Had Only Known project, an initiative that engages newcomer communities in the development of powerful messages around abuse in close personal relationships. The initiative is funded by Citizenship and Immigration Canada and coordinated through Family Service Toronto's Violence Against Women program, which offers support to new immigrant women who have been, or are being abused.

"We are privileged to have Almas Jiwani speak at this important launch because of her lifelong dedication to humanitarian issues and her tireless efforts to advocate for underprivileged women across the globe," said Brian Porter, Director of Marketing and Communications for Family Service Toronto. "She sees the promise of hope and opportunity that the If I Had Only Known project represents for women who have been victims of abuse and violence in a personal relationship. It is particularly fitting that she should speak on the 100th anniversary of International Women's Day."

Ms. Jiwani will also be interviewed on The Agenda with Steve Paiken, where she will discuss the official launch of UN Women and the initiatives to be undertaken to accelerate progress on gender equality and women's empowerment worldwide. The interview will be broadcast on March 8 at 3 p.m.

In the evening, Ms. Jiwani will deliver the keynote address at the Zonta Club of Hamilton II 100th Anniversary International Women's Day Fundraising Gala, which will be held at Carmen's Banquet in Hamilton. Ms. Jiwani will speak on the importance of International Women's Day and on UN Women initiatives, particularly concerning the elimination of violence against women. Proceeds from this event will support Jared's Place, a legal advocacy and resource centre for women, and UN Women violence against women programs.

"We are celebrating the 100th Anniversary of International Women's Day in Hamilton, ON. To have Ms. Almas Jiwani as the Keynote Speaker is an honour," said Ruby Sarmiento Amog, Chair of Zonta Club of Hamilton II. "A woman with great passion in advocating for women, she has exemplified the ideals of volunteerism through her immense contribution to humanitarian work and is visible in her exceptional leadership role in regional, national, and international charitable and humanitarian organizations."

"I and the entire National Committee of UN Women Canada, are proud to take part in these events to celebrate International Women's Day," says Ms. Jiwani. "We are pleased to join in solidarity with organizations in Canada and around the world who are dedicated to ensuring that equality becomes a reality for women all over the world."

About UN Women Canada

The National Committee Women Canada raises UN Women's profile and promotes its work in Canada; raises funds for UN Women projects; creates awareness within the Canadian government for increased funding for UN Women projects and encourages non-governmental organizations (NGOs) to promote and support UN Women.

About Family Service Toronto

Family Service Toronto, a United Way member agency, is one of the city's oldest non-profit social service organizations, touching the lives of more than 70,000 people in need each year. Through counselling, education, social action, advocacy and community development, FST services help to strengthen families and individuals and build healthier communities.

About Zonta International and Zonta Club of Hamilton

Zonta International is a global organization of executives and professionals working together to advance the status of women worldwide through service and advocacy. Zonta International was founded in 1919. Currently, there are over 1,200 Zonta clubs with more than 31,000 members in 5 countries and geographic areas worldwide. The Zonta Clubs of Hamilton I and Hamilton II are very active in the community undertaking projects that address women's economic self sufficiency, education, security, health and advocacy.

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