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Almas Jiwani, UN Women Canada President, and Sophie Gregoire-Trudeau to Address McGill Students on Gender Equality and Women's Empowerment
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Almas Jiwani, President of the National Committee for the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women Canada) will be joined by Sophie Gregoire-Trudeau, a prominent activist and television correspondent and media personality, to address the lecture topic, A New Era of Hope: UN Women, Gender Equality and Women's Empowerment.
The event organized by the McGill Students Chapter of UN Women Canada is expected to garner diverse audiences from across the university campus and the larger Montreal Community. The lecture will take place on Friday, January 27, 2012, from 3:00-4:30 p.m. in the Lev Bukhman Room at the SSMU building on 3600 Rue McTavish.
"I look forward to addressing the McGill student community on the topic of gender equality for a first-of-its-kind event. I'm honored that Ms. Gregoire-Trudeau will be attending this event as a guest of honour and sharing her views." States Ms. Jiwani.
Jiwani and Gregoire-Trudeau will speak about their personal experience with the women's equality movement and share stories illustrating their advocacy work at the grassroots level. Both humanitarians and women's rights advocates, the speakers will raise awareness about the work of UN Women.
Sophie Gregoire-Trudeau states, "This event is an excellent chance for us to celebrate the establishment of the McGill Students Chapter of UN Women Canada while also raising awareness about gender equality issues. I hope that we can mobilize youth and the McGill students and faculty to think critically about the empowerment of women and girls around the world."
Sophie Gregoire-Trudeau is currently a national ambassador for PLAN Canada's, Because I am a Girl program, and has been affiliated with charitable organizations such as the Weekend to End Breast Cancer and The Shield of Athena (non-profit organization to help women and children victims of domestic abuse).
Sophie Gregoire-Trudeau and The Honourable Justin Trudeau, MP for Papineau have supported UN Women Canada since its establishment in 2011. Most recently, they co-hosted the 2011 UN Women Canada Award Luncheon in Ottawa, which amassed gender advocacy personalities from diverse Canadian corporate, political, media, international development, academic and non-profit spheres.
Seating is limited for this public event.
About UN Women Canada
The National Committee for UN Women Canada raises the 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.
MEDIA ALERT: Muttahida Quami Movement (MQM) and Canadian National Committee for UN Women, President to Celebrate Pakistan Women's Public Meeting
KARACHI, PAKISTAN--(Marketwire - Feb. 18, 2012) - Ms. Almas Jiwani, President of the National Committee for UN Women - Canada and Dr. Farooq Sattar, Minister of Overseas Pakistanis and Deputy Convener of MQM are pleased to announce that preparations for the Women's Public Meeting are in full force. Ms. Alice Shackelford, UN Women Pakistan Country Director is also an invited dignitary to the conference. The Women's Meeting is one of the largest women's assemblies in the history of Pakistan that will be organized in Karachi, Pakistan to discuss the topics of gender equality and empowerment of women for a strong Pakistan on February 19th 2012. Many thousands of women and girls are expected to show up to this event to acquire inspiration, support and empowerment for a better future.
Where: Bagh-e-Jinnah, adjacent to the Mausoleum of Founder of Pakistan, Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah.
Date: Sunday, February 19th 2012
Time: 3:00pm- 8:30 p.m.
Focus: Pakistan Women' Public Meeting is one of the largest gathering of women to date. This meeting signals a new era for gender equality, and provides the commitment by MQM and other Pakistani civil society allies to accelerate progress on gender rights and the women's rights and empowerment. The convention will provide a powerful voice for Pakistani women's issues and will allow all Pakistani women to spearhead a more coordinated and effective response to gender inequalities around the country. The conference aims to bring women belonging to all faiths and nationalities on 19th February 2012 and demonstrate that they are firmly united for equality in all facets of life.
Speakers: Mr. Altaf Hussain, Founder and Leader of MQM, Dr. Farooq Sattar, Minister of Overseas Pakistanis and Deputy Convener of MQM, Ms. Almas Jiwani, President, National Committee for UN Women Canada, Ms. Nadia Gabol, Minister for Human Rights, Government of Sindh and Ms. Nasreen Jalil, Former Senator and Deputy Mayor of Karachi, Ms. Khushbakht Shujaat, Member of National Assembly of Pakistan, Ms. Kishwar Zehra, In-Charge, Women's Division of MQM and Member of National Assembly of Pakistan and Ms. Naila Lateef, Joint In-Charge of MQM Women's Division.
All international and local media and journalists are encouraged to attend the gathering and contact the convention organizers below.
Canadian Launch of UN Women's Flagship Report "Progress of the World's Women-In Pursuit of Justice" To Be Held at CBC Studios
TORONTO, ONTARIO, Mar 16, 2012 (MARKETWIRE via COMTEX) -- Almas Jiwani, President of UN Women Canada National Committee, will host a luncheon at Glenn Gould Studios to launch UN Women's flagship report "Progress of the World's Women - In Pursuit of Justice" with moderator, Amanda Lang, Senior Business Correspondent for CBC News. The event, to be held on March 22, will include guest speakers on the discussion panel such as Ms. Laura Turquet, author of the UN Women Report, Ms. Kristine Stewart, Vice President for CBC English Services, Mike Layton, Ward 19 Councillor and Dr. Tanjina Mirza, VP, International Programs, PLAN Canada. Rose Handy, CEO of Bilingual Link Canada, will host the event.
"The report is an important tool for women's advocates and policy makers since it highlights the practical barriers that women face in negotiating justice systems and the innovative approaches that governments and civil society are pioneering to overcome them," says Jiwani. "I am delighted to bring so many prominent people from different sectors together today to shed light on these issues," she adds
Almas Jiwani, President of UN Women Canada National Committee, Distinguished Keynote Speaker at Salon International de la Femme 2012, is to Be Honoured With Special Tribute Award
TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - May 30, 2012) -
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Almas Jiwani, President of UN Women Canada National Committee, will be a distinguished speaker at The Women's International Trade Fair (SIFEM) on Monday June 18, 2012, to discuss "The place of women in legal decisions and their contribution to the establishment of human rights." The trade fair aims to encourage women's initiatives at the local, national and international levels to improve social cohesion and contribute to the prominence of women in the sectors of influence represented at SIFEM 2012, within a perspective of cooperation, mutual assistance and global solidarity among women. The event brings together 5 continents, 150 States, 1,500 exhibitors and over 500,000 participants are expected. SIFEM will also present Jiwani with a special award during the Gala Dinner on June 21, to celebrate her life-long dedication to advancing gender equality and the many successes she has achieved throughout her service career.
Almas Jiwani, President of UN Women Canada National Committee, Appointed as an Ambassador for Peace and to Speak during the Women's Federation for World Peace National Conference Email
UN Women Canada National Committee President Ms. Almas Jiwani was recently named an Ambassador for Peace and will speak about “Promoting Strong Family Values as a Foundation for a Peaceful Nation” at the Women’s Federation for World Peace (WFWP) Canada National Conference Saturday, June 9. Ms. Jiwani will be speaking alongside keynote guest the Honorable Iyumba Aloisea, Minister of Gender and Family Promotion from Rwanda, and distinguished guests such as David Kilbourg, former Cabinet Minister of Canada and Jean Augustine, Fairness Commissioner of Ontario, former Cabinet Minister of Canada and Member of Parliament in addition to many other prominent speaker.
Almas Jiwani, President of UN Women Canada National Committee, to Be Honoured With a Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal
MONTREAL, QUEBEC--(Marketwire - Aug. 28, 2012) -
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Almas Jiwani, President of UN Women Canada National Committee will be presented with a Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal by the Honourable Senator Mobina S.B. Jaffer in Montreal on September 5, 2012. Ms. Jiwani has been selected as a recipient of the award by virtue of her tireless efforts and contributions towards gender equality and human rights within Canada and abroad.
Ms. Jiwani will be presented with the medal at a UN Women Canada National Committee luncheon attended by an elite assembly of influential Canadian leaders, in addition to high-level visiting United Nations dignitaries including Ms. Lakshmi Puri, Assistant Secretary-General for Intergovernmental Support and Strategic Partnerships at the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women, and Deputy Executive Director of UN Women.
Ms. Jiwani has traveled the world as a champion for gender equality, addressing many powerful individuals, including 400 parliamentarians from 42 different countries. Through perseverance and determination, she has made significant contributions towards social change, lending her voice to the call for progress to achieve equal gender rights within domestic and economic spheres worldwide.
In addition to receiving this most recent accolade, Ms. Jiwani has been appointed a Global Ambassador of Peace by the Universal Federation of Peace. She is a proud recipient of the Canadian Governor General's Award, the International Humanitarian Award from the Government of Uganda, a commemorative stamp in her likeness and the Government of Greece has inducted her into their Women's Hall of Fame.
"It is an incredible honour to receive this particular distinction. In my capacity as President of UN Women Canada National Committee I will continue to work steadfastly towards the advancement of human rights and gender equality." said Jiwani. "To be presented this medal by Senator Jaffer, a distinguished and passionate Canadian champion for human rights herself, will be an extremely meaningful moment for the progress of gender equality in Canada," she added.
"Ms. Almas Jiwani has dedicated her life to the advancement of human rights. Her international experience and advocacy for gender equality and women's economic empowerment is laudable," said Senator Jaffer. "It is my great privilege to present her with the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal for her many exceptional contributions and achievements."
The commemorative medal was created to mark the 2012 celebrations of the 60th anniversary of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II's accession to the Throne as Queen of Canada. The Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal is a tangible way for Canada to honour Her Majesty for her service to this country. At the same time, it serves to honour significant contributions and achievements by Canadians.
About UN Women Canada National Committee
UN Women Canada National Committee 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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Almas Jiwani, President of UN Women Canada National Committee to Address the International Film Festival on Crime and Punishment
ISTANBUL, TURKEY--(Marketwire - Sept. 26, 2012) -
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Almas Jiwani, President of UN Women Canada National Committee will be attending the Istanbul International Crime and Punishment Film Festival. As an invited guest lecturer of the University of Istanbul and its Faculty of Law, Ms. Jiwani will provide a keynote address examining the relationship between the justice system, disempowerment, and violence against women. A particular focus of Ms. Jiwani's speech will be the UN Trust Fund to End Violence Against Women and its emphasis on addressing gender-based violence at the grass roots level.
Almas Jiwani, President of UN Women Canada addresses the All African Ambassadors Session Email .Almas Jiwani, President of UN Women Canada National Committee has been invited to attend the esteemed meeting of over 30 ambassadors in Ottawa at the special invitation of the Rwandan High Commissioner, Her Excellency Edda Mukabagwiza. At the meeting, Ms. Jiwani will be discussing important issues pertaining to women's empowerment and gender equality and how can African Governments, Canadian Women's Equality Activists and UN Women Canada forge partnership and develop a close working relationship to further the rights of women in Canada and in the developing world. Ms. Jiwani will share her expertise on gender equality, women's capacity building and provide insights on various issues at the meeting.
Almas Jiwani Congratulates Justin Trudeau on Real Change
OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - Oct. 20, 2015) -
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Almas Jiwani extends her heartfelt and sincere congratulations to Prime Minister designate Justin Trudeau and the Liberal Party of Canada on a historic victory.
"Prime Minister Elect Justin Trudeau firmly believes in a Canada that is united and tirelessly worked to inspire voters across the country with that vision. He showed real determination to stay positive having placed his trust in Canadians, and today, the light of that vision shines bright," said Almas Jiwani.
Sophie Gregoire-Trudeau and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau have been ardent advocates for women's rights and Ms. Almas Jiwani's philanthropic global endevours. Laurels may be spoken of their ethics, but it is all in reflected in the work they continue to do to make Canada better.
"Prime Minister Elect Trudeau has shown himself to be a collaborative leader, and with his promise to ensure gender parity in his Cabinet, I hope to see a progressive gender lens applied to Canadian policy during his mandate." said Ms. Almas Jiwani, "He has proven that better is not only possible, but with hope and hard work, it is inevitable."
Sophie Gregoire-Trudeau, Women's Rights Advocate and Wife of PM Justin Trudeau and Almas Jiwani, Women's Rights Ambassador, Will Celebrate International Women's Day at Women's Festival Toronto
OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - Feb. 26, 2016) -
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"We are excited to have Madam Sophie Grégoire-Trudeau, Katie Couric, and Almas Jiwani address the 1st ever Women's Festival Toronto Gala in celebration of International Women's Day. These women are global leaders and their collective wisdom empowers us all to make the most of our own lives, talents and experiences to help others," stated Antoinette Mak, Executive Director, Women's Festival Toronto.
Prominent Leaders & VIPs to gather at Shangri-La Toronto on March 4th & 5th 2016, for International Women's Empowerment & Leadership Conference & Gala, to celebrate United Nations' International Women's Day. Topics will include those such as Your Female Tribe and Women in Global Affairs, and the gala will feature an exhibition area, live performances, Indigenous art and a Diversity in Fashion runway show.
"International Women's Day is a time for us to showcase the invaluable contributions women make in our everyday lives and recognize the exceptional achievements made by women in the fields of technology, human rights, finance, the arts, environmental protection, education… The list goes on," says Ms. Jiwani, President emeritus of UN Women Canada National Committee and CEO Almas Jiwani Foundation. "I am always honoured to walk alongside other strong women on our shared path to equality and empower others to do the same."
In 2014, the World Economic Forum predicted it would take until 2095 to achieve global gender parity. One year later, they estimated that a slowdown in the already glacial pace of progress meant the gender gap would not close entirely until 2133.
In this context, we must take heed of the clear evidence which shows that societies with empowered women thrive, not just socially, but economically as well. Empowering women is the single greatest tool we have to lift many parts of the world out of poverty, and is a resource that has been underused.
"If you believe in human rights, you believe in women's rights. It is as simple as that," says Ms. Jiwani. "History has shown us time and again that a society with empowered women is a society that excels. This is true in business, academia, government and so forth. We can no longer sit idly by while women in much of the world suffer from disadvantages purely because of their gender. It is our time to act, and by doing so, we will change the world."
By making the #PledgeForParity each and every one of is able to take a feasible and concrete step towards accelerating gender parity. In an ever-globalizing world, issues affecting others increasingly become issues affecting us as well. For us to succeed as a global community, there is no question that women must have an equal voice.
About International Women's Day
International Women's Day is an annual celebration of the economic, cultural and political achievements of women around the world, held on March 8th. This year's campaign sheds light on both the successes and the pitfalls in our strive towards gender empowerment and equality by encouraging everyone to make the #PledgeForParity.
About Almas Jiwani Foundation
The vision of Almas Jiwani Foundation (AJF) is to empower women, girls and marginalized communities through focused projects that directly address disparities in equality, education, entrepreneurship and energy rights.
AJF aims to bridge inequalities through the fostering of relationships among the various actors and stakeholders in the afore-mentioned global issues, and provide a platform for discourse and action.
A variety of evidence points to gender empowerment as the single greatest tool we have to eradicate these global issues, and is a resource that has thus far been underused. For us to succeed and thrive as a global community we must all work together, and in order to do so, women must have an equal voice.
About Women's Festival Toronto
Women's Festival Toronto is a non-profit organization with a team of dedicated volunteers supporting initiatives to empower women and girls of diverse cultures and backgrounds, for the benefit of all.
Women are Key to Sustainable Development - Almas Jiwani's Address at the United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA) of UNEP in Nairobi, Kenya
NAIROBI, KENYA--(Marketwired - Oct. 6, 2016) -
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Women are key to sustainable development globally, especially in the developing world. Providing energy efficiency in cooking, housing, lighting and communication, improved access to alternate energy, and encouraging and supporting grass-root entrepreneurship and entertainment will benefit women more than their biological counterparts, said Almas Jiwani, CEO of the Almas Jiwani Foundation (AJF) while addressing the 2nd United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA) of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) in Nairobi, Kenya, that took place from May 24th to 27th, 2016 at the UN headquarters in Gigiri.
"Instead of a mere dialogue, the improved access to energy and bringing energy efficient technologies will empower women and girls all over the world. She said that the miracle of technology is knocking on our doors, loudly." Said Jiwani. She also emphasized that providing small assets to women including livestock will improve their lives significantly. She also stated that by capitalizing on their talents, whether it be entrepreneurship or entertainment, would generate a new kind of micro-economy for those involved women.
Dr. Janet Kabeberi-Macharia, Head, Gender and Social Safeguards Unit United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) pointed out that "they selected a global trendsetter in the fight for environmental conservation and women's rights, Almas Jiwani to address the esteemed UNEA 2 Gender Forum." Dr. Kabeberi-Macharia stated that "the Almas Jiwani Foundation focuses on empowering women through sustainable energy development and access, giving communities the tools and energy they need to become economic actors in the global economy."
"AJF is an organization set in a new paradigm by people from different walks of life cognizant of the realities, recent failures and challenges ahead. They carry with them a promise of finding a niche for a next generation institution and innovative ideas to solve the world's problems" she added.
The Gender and Environment forum took place on May 24, 2016. Numerous high level speakers for the event were from Civil Society, Governments, and the United Nations. Each speaker discussed gender inequalities and environmental management in exacerbation and mitigation of health risks.
Jiwani was a guest speaker for the High-Level Gender and Environment Forum and the Annual Network for Women Ministers & Leaders for the Environment Breakfast Meeting. The events were co-hosted by the UNEP and Network of Women Ministers and Leaders for the Environment (NWMLE). Discussions at the events involved the environment, gender, and health issues related to women. The theme was "Delivering on the Environmental Dimension of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, including the policy review session entitled Healthy Environment, Healthy People."
The Annual Network of Women Ministers held a breakfast meeting which was open to all Ministers and Heads of Delegations. At the meeting, Ms. Jiwani called for more action towards Women's empowerment across the globe by directly addressing disparities in equality, education, entrepreneurship and access to sustainable energy. She voiced the need to reflect, analyze, assess, and recognize socially constructed views on gender.
ABOUT THE ALMAS JIWANI FOUNDATION
The foundation's mission is empowering women and girls through focused projects that directly address gender equality, education, entrepreneurship, employment and energy rights. Through empowering women and girls in targeted areas, AJF hopes to improve societal and economic conditions in the developing world. Projects include providing sustainable energy to provide a better education, better living conditions and to create the environment where women can thrive as entrepreneurs in any region.
ABOUT UNITED NATIONS ENVIROMENT PROGRAM (UNEP)
Since 2009 UNEP in collaboration with the Network of Women Ministers and Leaders for the Environment, has held a one day Gender forum on the margins of the then Governing Council/Global Ministerial Forum and recently during the first UNEA. In June 2012 UNEP and the Network of Women Ministers and Leaders for the Environment launched a Global Call for Action to implement the gender outcomes from the Rio+20 summit and called for concrete priority actions related to gender and environmental sustainability to be addressed by international community and individual governments. The first discussions on the way forward were held on the margins of the first Universal session of the Governing council in February 2013.
Riveting speech by Almas Jiwani on 'The Power of One' at Africa 4 Africa Women's Conference in South Africa
PORT ELIZABETH, SOUTH AFRICA--(Marketwired - March 18, 2017) -
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Almas Jiwani, CEO of Almas Jiwani Foundation, gave an insightful and inspiring speech about the role of women in Africa. Discussing the merits of empowering women, she elaborated extensively on their impact on an individual level within their families and their communities. She was addressing a gathering of almost 500 people converged from across the globe at Feather Market Centre, Port Elizabeth in South Africa.
The second Africa for Africa International Women's Day Conference (AAWC) aimed at ensuring the mobilization and strengthening of women cooperatives towards local economic development. The agenda for the conference focused on growing local economies and ensuring sustainable livelihoods through effective women cooperative structures.
"Each woman, regardless of her economic stature, social standing or formal education, has a tremendous potential to move the world in the right direction. Because her impact starts with every new individual that arrives in this world, right from giving birth, to early nurturing to proper guidance. Attending to the needs of women is the fastest and most efficient method for bringing about all the positives changes that we want to leave as a legacy for our future generations," said Almas Jiwani
Help Fight Global Poverty at the 33rd Annual World Partnership Walk with the Aga Khan Foundation Canada and the Almas Jiwani Foundation
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On Sunday, May 28th, Montreal will witness hundreds of Canadians walking together to fundraise and bring awareness to fight global poverty. The 33rd annual walk is to take place in 10 cities this spring with over 40,000 participants unified with the cause.
The World Partnership Walk is a one of a kind humanitarian engagement -- an impressive feat, a grass roots initiative, the best of its kind that operates completely on volunteer staff and collects donations to end global poverty and empower girls around the world.
"Supporting the World Partnership Walk is in line with the values we promote within all of our projects, which is to empower women and girls in order to better lives and communities around the world," said Almas Jiwani, President of the Emeritus UN Women National Committee Canada (UNWNCC) and CEO of the Almas Jiwani Foundation (AJF). The global leader has participated in previous walks; independently and with the UNWNCC in both Ottawa and Montreal.
Almas Jiwani Joins Heads of State & Leaders at the Africa 2017 Forum in Egypt
/EINPresswire.com/ -- OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - Dec 4, 2017) - Almas Jiwani will join heads of state and government as well as high level business leaders, officials and policy makers in Africa and the world in order to discuss a wide range of business and development issues in the continent and to engage with some of Africa's most important economic partners and stakeholders at the Africa 2017 Forum, held under the high patronage of H.E. Abdel Fattah Al Sisi, to be held in Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt from the 7th to the 9th of December 2017.
"I am proud to represent the Foundation at this forum where leaders from both the public and private sectors are gathered to identify solutions for issues that directly impact the advancement of women across the African continent," said Almas Jiwani. "The Foundation is committed to continue its pursuit of fair and equitable access to resources for women around the world and we will work in partnership with those who seek to achieve the same goal."
With 2015 being called the Year of Women's Empowerment and Development towards Africa's Agenda 2063 and 2016 celebrating the African Year of Human Rights, drawing particular focus on the Rights of Women, the Africa 2017 promises to address the important role of women in reaching the objectives of the Agenda 2063 and the urgent necessity to let women's potential freely develop. The first plenary, entitled 'Women at the top' proposes a discussion on redefining leadership in Africa with women and the youth, in order to meet the continent's promise for 2063.
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