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Message from the President

As President of UN Women National Committee Canada, I am excited to announce the launch of the HeForShe campaign, which aims to mobilize one billion men globally by June 2015 to take a stand against gender inequality. Click here to find out more about UN Women National Committee Canada’s contribution to the HeForShe campaign. Read More...

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Almas Jiwani to participate in the panel discussion on Magna Carta

Ottawa – February 12, 2015 – On Tuesday, February 17th, the Honourable Andrew Scheer, Speaker of the House of Commons will be moderating a panel discussion entitled: “The Magna Carta: What does it mean to Canada.” This event is to further promote Magna Carta Canada’s initiative to bring an original copy of the Magna Carta to Canada on the occasion of its 800th anniversary.

“The Magna Carta is a foundational document that has immense historical and institutional significance for Canada and indeed for all countries who respect human rights, democracy, and the rule of law,” said Speaker Scheer. “As Canadians we can trace the roots of our democratic way of life back to that field in Runnymede in 1215.”

Participating in the panel will be the Honourable Pierre Poilievre, Minister of Employment and Social Development and Minister of State for Democratic Reform, Ms. Nathalie Des Rosiers, Dean of the University of Ottawa Law School, Common Law Section, and Ms. Almas Jiwani, President of the UN Women National Committee Canada.


Almas Jiwani to deliver the keynote address at the 2nd Annual Women’s Rights Seminar

We are thrilled to announce that our president, Almas Jiwani will deliver the keynote address at the 2nd Annual Women’s Rights Seminar organized by The Canadian Human Rights Voice. Join us at Queen's Park on Monday, March 9th.

Registrants will be determined by a first come basis. The sooner your application is received the better your chances to guarantee your acceptance.


I am (wo)man is a campaign that calls on women and men from all over the world to share the importance and benefits of economically empowered women through a photo and a brief caption. The campaign will be hosted on and linked to digital and social media platforms. I am (wo)man will feature photographs and videos of women and men from around the world who have benefited from empowered women. The caption will share their stories on how it made a difference in their lives.

To join the campaign, register on and complete your profile.

Roberta Bondar – Exploring new frontiers of space, equality and learning

Space exploration was always a dream in the making for Dr. Roberta Bondar. She became the first Canadian woman and the first neurologist to enter space in 1992, and holds the prestigious NASA space medal for her achievements. For more than a decade at NASA, Bondar headed an international space medicine research team. A published author, photographer and outspoken advocate of higher learning for girls, she started the Roberta Bondar Foundation in 2009, which creates educational programmes for children to learn about the sciences, technology and the environment in Kenya and Canada through leadership and technical training.

Emma Watson gave another moving speech at World Economic Forum encouraging world leaders, governments, universities and people all over the world to step up and take action in support of gender equality and‪#‎HeForShe‬. Are you in?
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Chilean President Michelle Bachelet says nearly 20 years after the adoption of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, we must recognize significant progress, but challenges remain in terms of gender equality and equity.
Watch her video... ‪ #‎Beijing20

Want to show your friends you support ‪#‎HeForShe‬? We're pleased to announce HeForShe T-shirts are now available to buy online:

International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women Message of the Executive Director on the occasion of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, 25 November

Every year, on the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, we are reminded how every day, women and girls experience violence in their lives.

Women are beaten in their homes, harassed on the streets, bullied on the internet. Globally, one in three women will experience physical or sexual violence at some point in her life.

More often than not, violence against women is committed by an intimate partner. Of all women killed in 2012, almost half died at the hands of a partner or family member. It is no exaggeration that the overall greatest threat to women’s lives is men, and often the men they love.

Want to buy jewelry and do something good? The UN Trust Fund to End Violence against Women, managed by us, is partnering with Soko to support the financial and physical security of women and girls around the world. The bracelets, created by Soko artisans in Kenya, will contribute to the economic empowerment of an underprivileged artisan community and, at the same time, support UN Trust Fund programmes to prevent violence against women around the world. Join our Goodwill Ambassador Nicole Kidman and get your bracelet!

Vous voulez acheter un bijou et faire quelque chose de bien ? Le Fonds de placement de L'ONU pour Stopper la Violence faite aux Femmes, établit un partenariat avec Soko pour soutenir la sécurité financière et physique de femmes et des filles dans le monde entier. Les bracelets, créés par des artisans Soko au Kenya, contribueront à la responsabilisation économique d'une communauté d'artisan défavorisée et, en même temps, supporteront des programmes de Fonds de placement de L'ONU pour empêcher la violence contre des femmes dans le monde entier. Joignez notre Ambassadeur de bonne volonté Nicole Kidman et obtenez votre bracelet!


Following the official launch of HeForShe on September 20th, 2014 at UN Headquarters in New York City, UN Women National Committee Canada (UNWNCC) kicked-off Canada’s engagement in the global solidarity movement for gender equality on November 5th in Toronto, Ontario.

“We received an overwhelming outpouring of positive feedback and support during the event and after the event—from media, dignitaries, attendees and those who could not attend the sold out venue,” said UNWNCC President Almas Jiwani. “This is just the first of our actions in advancing the HeForShe campaign across Canada. As it stands, Canada is lagging behind the US and the UK in terms of men and boys taking up the HeForShe committement. And I want to personally see Canada in the country lead. So we will be reaching out to community and corporate partners and stakeholders alike. Our call to action is for men and boys of all levels of Canadian society—political leaders and students—please step forward and bring the ethos of HeForShe to your spheres of influence.”


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