National Committee for UN Women - Canada

National Committee for UN Women - Canada

April 08, 2011 17:06 ET

The National Committee for UN Women-Canada Launch to Be Hosted by Petites-Mains, Montreal

MONTREAL, QUEBEC--(Marketwire - April 8, 2011) - Ms. Almas Jiwani, President of the National Committee for UN Women - Canada is pleased to announce that Petites-Mains, a Montreal based non-profit organization, will host the National Committee of UN Women - Canada launch celebrations on April 15, 2011 in Montreal.

The creation of the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women) marks a new era for gender equality and signals the commitment by the UN Member States to accelerate progress on gender rights and women's economic empowerment. UN Women will provide a powerful voice for women's issues and will spearhead a more coordinated and effective response to gender inequalities around the world.

Antonie de Jong from UN Women Headquarters, who will be present at the event, reiterates the importance of the ambitious actions to achieve gender equality through the newest UN organization, stating that, "An investment in women is an investment in the future. The National Committee for UN Women in Canada is a strong partner in our work to advance gender equality and the empowerment of women. I am pleased to be involved in the launch celebrations in Canada and look forward to a strengthened partnership."

The event will be held at Petites-Mains, a non-profit organization that works to help people in need, mostly women, to come out of their isolation, learn a trade, integrate into the job market, and to live with dignity in society. The event will bring together UN officials, foreign dignitaries, and members from the private sector, government, academic, and local communities.

Justin Trudeau, MP and Liberal Candidate for Papineau, who will be present at the event said "I am delighted to be involved with the launch of UN Women National Committee in Montreal. The new UN entity has been created at a critical time and is essential for the improvement of lives for women across Canada and around the world. I expect that the National Committee will spearhead awareness-raising initiatives in Canada about the important work to be done."

The launch of the National Committee of UN Women in Canada is a milestone to begin its work advocating for increased support to UN Women programs and initiatives worldwide, said Ms Almas Jiwani, President of the National Committee of UN Women- Canada. She reinforces that "Canada has an important role to play as an advocate for the gender equality and in the women's empowerment movement both internationally and locally. The National Committee is honoured to partner with Petites-Mains for this event as their continued work with immigrant and marginalized women highlights our organizations shared goals of creating opportunities for women."

The event will feature remarks by Mr. Trudeau, Mr. de Jong, Mr. Coffey, and Ms. Jiwani.

The launch in Montreal is one of the celebrations that will take place in cities across Canada throughout the year. Launch celebrations were held in Montreal, Ottawa, and Toronto in March, 2011.

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

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