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Canadian Launch of UN Women's Flagship Report Marks a New Milestone for Women's Equality

March 28, 2012, Wednesday, 23:55 GMT | 18:55 EST | 03:25 IST | 05:55 SGT
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UN Women's flagship report, Progress of the World's Women: In Pursuit of Justice was launched in Canada on March 22nd, 2012 with a panel discussion on gender equality, and women's legal rights moderated by Amanda Lang, Senior Business Correspondent for CBC news at Glenn Gould Studio.

Almas Jiwani, President of UN Women Canada National Committee and renowned international humanitarian provided the opening remarks and issued a powerful appeal to guests in several languages to support the United Nations' Entity, UN Women that has established itself as the powerful driver for gender equality and women's human rights since its launch in 2011.

Following Jiwani's address to civil society CEOs, community leaders, corporate decision makers, legislators and government entities, the report launch transitioned into an engaging panel of prominent experts on women's equality. Laura Turquet, author of the UN Women's Progress Report; Kirstine Stewart, Vice President for CBC English Services; Mike Layton, Ward 19 Councillor; and Dr. Tanjina Mirza, VP, International Programs, PLAN Canada provided insightful remarks on the report's content and answered the audience's questions on how to forge creative partnerships for collaborative action on women's rights.

"I am beyond elated at the success of today's event," said Ms. Jiwani. "UN Women Canada's National Committee is barely a year old and I have brought together influential Canadian leaders to discuss tangible solutions to gender inequality and to raise awareness for women's rights globally. This event marks a huge milestone for women's legal rights in Canada and across the globe. Our panellists, audience, Committee volunteers and most importantly CBC played an excellent role in facilitating this landmark event. UN Women Canada has accomplished a lot by brainstorming innovative approaches that civil society, media and governments can take to address legal barriers to women's rights. Moving forward, we are now working on implementing some of the creative ideas generated at the event."

"I hope this event was a reminder that we can all do something about gender equality around the world," said Lang. "These are not remote issues, we actually do have a lot more power than we think. Just look at Almas Jiwani, she is a force of nature and evidence of how much power one individual can have," she added.

"When women's rights in a country advance, the country advances," said Turquet during the discussion. She focused on social media as a good medium for mobilizing gender equality around the world, since those in the most underdeveloped countries have access to the internet.

Stewart made poignant points about the media's evolving impact on gender equality, noting the challenges of getting certain programming viewed in less progressive countries.

The closing remarks were given by renowned actress Lisa Ray, who called on all women to push boundaries in order to achieve gender equality. Commenting on her experience after the event, Ray said, "Participating alongside some of Canada's most powerful women such as Almas, Kirstine, Amanda and various esteemed guests has generated valuable momentum for women's rights. It was an enjoyable experience working with UN Women Canada and I feel humbled to have contributed to an excellent cause. The event was a great opportunity to learn and teach each other about the various challenges that women face across the world in accessing their legal rights and attaining equality."

During the final remarks of the event, the Executive Advisory and the Board of Directors of UN Women Canada National Committee and the audience paid a standing tribute to Ms. Jiwani in recognition of her never ending international achievements and tireless efforts to advance the cause of underprivileged women around the world.

Singer/songwriter and two-time Juno award nominee Belinda Brady, gave a captivating performance to conclude the event and commemorate the contributions of men and women around the world.

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About Progress of the World's Women

Progress of the World's Women is UN Women's biennial investigation of progress made towards a world where women live free from violence, poverty and inequality. Provocative and insightful, this series is the product of multi-year processes that bring together leading practitioners and academics to undertake thorough research and in-depth analyses. Progress of the World's Women: In Pursuit of Justice, the latest in the series, focuses on women's access to justice and offers fresh perspectives and approaches to ensuring women globally can access justice whether in the home, the workplace or in public life.

About UN Women Canada National Committee

The National Committee for UN Women Canada National Committee 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.

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