What impact does austerity have on women and girls worldwide?
Why are they particularly affected?
How can gains in gender equality and women’s empowerment be protected in hard economic times?
#AskUNWomen and chat with our Deputy Executive Director!
WHEN: Live on Thursday, 23 May 2013, 10:00am EST
WHERE: Hashtag #AskUNWomen & @UN_Women on Twitter
WHO: John Hendra, Deputy Executive Director of UN Women + YOU!
WHAT: Twitter chat on the impact of austerity measures on women and girls worldwide
UN Women National Committee Canada urges Canadians to help fight global poverty and take part at one of ten World Partnership Walk events held on May 26th, June 2nd and June 9th in cities across Canada. The World Partnership Walk is Canada's largest annual event dedicated to raising funds and awareness to fight global poverty.
On May 2, Almas Jiwani, President of UN Women National Committee Canada was presented with a Women's Advancement Forum's 2013 MDG Meritorious Award by Governor's wife, Her Excellency Olufunso Amosun,in Johannesburg. The award is sponsored by DuPont and is presented for contribution to realization of Millennium Development Goals.
Acting Head and Assistant Secretary-General of UN Women Lakshmi Puri takes part in high-level meetings in Washington D.C. from 18-21 April, aimed at stepping up cooperation between the UN and the World Bank. On Friday she will discuss UN Women’s efforts to increase access to modern energy sources for women’s health facilities and services.
Almas Jiwani, President and CEO of UN Women National Committee Canada will deliver keynote speaker addressing the Global Connect Women Entrepreneurs Expo & Summit to be held in Portland from April 24th - 27th.
The Global Connect Women Entrepreneurs Expo & Summit presented by Astra Women's Business Alliance, is a 3 day event that promises to exemplify women entrepreneurs from across the globe. The event will provide opportunities for exchanging experiences, it will showcase best practices and present case studies of successful business operations led by women.
Almas Jiwani, President of UN Women National Committee Canada, will deliver a conference on Monday, April 15th, 2013 at Université de Montréal, on the stakes and the challenges met by UN-Women, one of the leading organizations in gender issues. She will talk about the main progress realized to date and the efforts that will need to be done by 2015 to achieve the third Millenium Development Goal.
The United Nations and its partners around the world will observe the 1,000 days to the end of 2015 – the target date for achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) – during the next week to inspire further action. The eight time-bound MDGs address poverty and hunger, education, gender equality, child mortality, maternal health, combatting AIDS, malaria and other diseases, environmental sustainability and a global partnership for development.
Starting 5 April, the actual milestone date, and running through 12 April, the UN will work with governments, civil society and international partners to mark “MDG Momentum: 1,000 Days of Action” in a variety of ways.
On March 24th, 2013 Almas Jiwani, President of UN Women National Committee Canada, became the first Canadian and first UN Women representative awarded with the prestigious International Women Development Champion Award in Paris, France. Jiwani was recognized most notably for her initiatives in bridging the gap between the corporate and humanitarian world. The International Women Development Champion Award is given to honour outstanding women that have demonstrated enduring commitment and consistent exemplary efforts in the economic development of African women.
During the two-week session, UN Women will host several official and side events and call on Member States to strengthen global
norms and standards and increase political commitment and action on this year's priority theme of eliminating and preventing all forms of violence against women and girls.
It is estimated that up to seven in ten women globally will be beaten, raped, abused, or mutilated in their lifetimes. Violence against women is universal, and is prevalent in all countries and all settings. A gross human rights violation, it fractures families and communities and hampers development, also costing countries billions of dollars annually in healthcare costs and lost productivity.
“You are coming with us,” the police officer says as he hauls the man out of the house, his wife crying hysterically behind them. Their daughter was kept home from school to do housework — an illegal form of child abuse—but at home, while her mother is out, her father sexually assaults her.
“Stop, please stop,” the child begs, quietly at first, then louder and louder until she can do no more than just scream. Two men who live nearby come into the room to find the two struggling on the floor. They pull the father off his daughter, attack him, and then bring a police officer to take him away. The girl sits shaking, wide-eyed and fearful. Her father doesn’t look back as he is led off in one direction, while his daughter is taken in another, to the hospital to receive medical care.
TORONTO, ONTARIO– Almas Jiwani, President of UN Women National Committee Canada, will give a keynote address to advocates and professionals from a wide range of gender, health, education and social development disciplines from across the Caribbean and around the world at the Conference on Domestic Violence and Gender Equality: Protecting Women and Girls to be held March 25-27, 2013 in Tobago.
Jiwani will challenge conference participants through her speech on the topic of More Than Just Words: Speaking up and Speaking out about Domestic and Gender Based Violence to Transform Laws, Policies and Actions. Participants will also strategize on how to improve safety and change gender norms related to domestic violence and how this will impact their work in terms of practice, research and policy.
Almas Jiwani, President of UN Women National Committee Canada, will be honoured with the 2013 Woman of Courage Award at the Interim Place's Rays of Hope Gala in February. Interim Place is a community organization that has provided shelter and support services for women in the Peel Region for over 30 years. The Women of Courage Award is a prestigious award was established to recognize individuals who have overcome adversity and have championed the cause of women locally, nationally and around the world. Interim Place has recognized powerful leaders, such as Jane Fonda, Erin Brokovich, Kim Phuc and Betty Mahmoody. Ms. Jiwani states that she is grateful to be in the company of such powerful leaders. Almas Jiwani will deliver a keynote address at the gala on the importance of investing in women and girls, the importance of supporting women's organizations locally and the ongoing issue of violence against women locally and globally.
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