National Committee of UN Women - Canada.

National Committee of UN Women - Canada.
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March 24, 2011 12:54 ET

The National Committee for UN Women-Canada Launch to be Hosted by RBC Royal Bank Canada

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - March 24, 2011) - Ms. Almas Jiwani, President of the National Committee for UN Women - Canada is pleased to announce that RBC Royal Bank (RBC) Canada will host the historic launch in Canada of the National Committee for the newly established United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women), next week.

The creation of UN Women by the United Nations marks a new era for gender equality, and signals the commitment by the UN Member States to accelerate progress on gender rights and the economic women's rights and 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. 

"I'm pleased to be involved in the launch of National Committee for UN Women - Canada. The National Committee for UN Women - Canada has been an important partner and leading advocate of the work of the global UN Women at the national level. The launch in Canada is an opportunity to call upon Canadians to redouble their contributions to the empowerment of women and gender equality worldwide," said Moez Doraid, Officer-in-Charge of Management and Administration, UN Women.

"RBC is proud to support the enablement of gender equality," said Zabeen Hirji, RBC's Chief Human Resources Officer. "We believe that by supporting local community agencies and international organizations such as the United Nations entity UN Women, we can further efforts for gender equality in Canada and across the world."

RBC will be hosting the reception for the launch of the National Committee for UN Women-Canada at its headquarters in Toronto at Royal Bank Plaza. The event on 30th March will bring together UN officials, foreign dignitaries, members from the private sector, government, academic, and local communities. The launch in Toronto is one of three launch events scheduled for Ontario, and celebrations will take place in cities across Canada throughout the year.

"The National Committee for UN Women-Canada is honoured to partner with RBC in celebrating the establishment of UN Women," said Ms. Jiwani. "This furthers our engagement with the private sector in working towards gender equality. RBC has a strong history of corporate responsibility and investment in the community as well. Together, we celebrate the launch of UN Women in Canada and strengthen our commitment to increasing opportunities for women and girls in Canada and abroad."

"RBC has a history of creating access to opportunities for women in our workforce and women clients to fully participate in society and realize economic success," said Ms Jennifer Tory, Regional President, Greater Toronto, "We continue to break down barriers to enable women to achieve their full potential, and advance to management levels across RBC, through supportive workplace policies and investments in development."

"It is my great pleasure and honour as the Chair of the Executive Advisory Council of the National Committee for UN Women Canada to welcome a new epoch of gender equality in Canada. The launch of the National Committee for UN Women is the fruit of years of negotiations between the UN System, UN Member States and civil society networks to take proactive action in regards to gender equality" said Charles Coffey, O.C.

The event (by invitation only) will begin at 5:30 p.m. on 30th March, 2011. Along with Ms. Hirji, other speakers will include Moez Doraid, Officer-in-Charge of Management and Administration, UN Women and Ms. Almas Jiwani, President of National Committee for UN Women - Canada. The event will be emceed by Jennifer Tory, RBC's Regional President for Greater Toronto, and will feature performances by local artists. The program will conclude at 7:30 p.m.

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 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.

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