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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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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.”

Among the array of media and approximately 300 attendees, Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne and Toronto Mayor-elect John Tory opened the event with resounding speeches of commitment to the campaign.

“HeForShe joins a movement Canada has been leading for decades. But even in Canada, we still have a long way to go. By mobilizing more men and boys, HeForShe can help us move forward,” said Premier Wynne. “As Ontario’s first female Premier, I am honoured to be a role model for young women. But the fact that women still need role models to see that they can reach the top means we have a long way to go. Young people growing up in Canada can see a path to their potential with fewer and fewer barriers. But it takes the work of HeForShe, and constant vigilance on all our parts to truly reach and maintain a discrimination-free society.”

Major-elect Tory showed his support by encouraging all men to sign up as proponents of HeForShe, "As a man, and mayor soon-to-be, I am proud to lend my name and my voice to the cause... and I urge other men and boys to come forward and actively support global gender equality."

“For too long gender inequality has been defined as a women’s issue. This myth ends with HeForShe. It is imperative that we call upon men as our partners and our equals in the fight for women’s rights and gender equality. Both men and women experience positive change when women are empowered; economies are stronger, health rates improve, and society becomes more equal. “ Stated Almas Jiwani President of UNWNCC. “I call on the men and boys of Canada to speak up, stand up, and take action for the rights of women, and human rights, through the HeForShe campaign. It is important for Canada to show strong support for women and girls and the fight for their rights globally.”

The Canada HeForShe launch event was co-hosted by the X-Project, the first of many events to come, UNWNCC will look to furthering the HeForShe initiative by engaging and mobilizing Canadian men and boys in boardrooms, classrooms, at home and on the streets to be champions in addressing violence against women and redefining masculine role models. Stay tuned.


UN Women Goodwill Ambassador Emma Watson to co-host a special event for the HeForShe campaign!

British Actor and UN Women Goodwill Ambassador Emma Watson will co-host a special event for UN Women’s HeForShe campaign on 20 September 2014, at the United Nations Headquarters in New York City. The event aims to kick-start one of the largest solidarity movements of the 21st century for the achievement of gender equality calling upon one half of humanity in support of the other half for the benefit of all.


Over the next 12 months the HeForShe campaign intends to mobilize one billion men and boys as advocates and agents of change in ending the persisting inequalities faced by women and girls globally. The premise is that inequality is a human rights issue, the resolution of which will benefit everyone - socially, politically and economically. Your voice is powerful—raise it to tell the world why equality for every woman and girl is worth fighting for. Read More...


Empowering women empowering humanity picture it!

22 May 2014, UN Women today launched a major campaign in the lead-up to the commemoration of the 20th anniversary of the historic Fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing. A year of activities around the world will aim to mobilize governments and citizens alike to picture a world where gender equality is a reality and to join a global conversation on empowering women to empower humanity.


Presenting "Women Economics Empowerment"

23 March 2014, President of UNWNCC at the commemoration of Intenational Women's Day 2014. "International Women's Day is more than an observance of history. Read More...


UN Women Canada, Women Ambassadors of Ottawa and the Parliament Canada Commemorate International Women's Day

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - March 23, 2014), UN Women National Committee of Canada will join Women Ambassadors of Ottawa and Canadian Members of Parliament to further the groundwork highlighted...Read More...

Implementing The MDGs For Women And Girls - CSW58

From 10-21 March 2014, the 58th Commission on the Status of Women focused on the "Challenges and achievements in the implementation of the Millennium Development Goals for women and girls."


International Women's Day

(Mar 08, 2014)
Celebrated annually on 8 March, the 2014 theme for International Women’s Day is: "Equality for women is progress for all". This year, International Women's Day will be commemorated at UN headquarters in New York on 7 March, on the eve of the 58th Session of the Commission on the Status of Women, which begins on 10 March. The event is expected to be attended by the UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, among other dignitaries.


16 Days of Activism

(Dec, 2013)
In December 2013, UN Women National Committee Canada participated in the annual 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence campaign. This campaign seeks to mobilize communities around the world to eliminate all forms of violence carried out on the grounds of gender.




(Feb 11, 2014)
UN Women National Committee Canada is delighted to share it's first newsletter for 2014. Read exclusive interviews with Sophie Grégoire-Trudeau, see what President Almas Jiwani had to say at the Women and Youth in Agriculture at African Summit in Berlin, and Magna Carta's Canadian Odyssey.


This UN Women Ad Reveals Sexism in Google Searches

(Oct 21, 2013)
See what genuine Google searches reveal in a series of ads, developed for UN Women by Memac Ogilvy & Mather Dubai, to illustrate the widespread prevalence of sexism and discrimination against women. Read More...


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(Oct, 2013)
A Hand Up: UN Women and Coca-Cola South Africa Partner to Economically Empower Women short blurb to link can say: Fifty-one-year-old restauranteur Ayda Ramatsiba Maphefo and 36-year-old food vendor Moetsana Sehtlabo improved their sales and business strategies through a mentoring programme that was delivered by Hand in Hand Southern Africa through the recent partnership between UN Women and Coca-Cola South Africa. Read More...

About UN Women - International

UN Women is an international organization that promotes initiatives on gender - empowerment and equality with assistance from 16 National Committees, 15 sub-regional offices and 46 project offices across the world. The map on the left shows the global distribution of UN Women activity in various shades accross the world. Read More...


Almas Jiwani Receives Interim Place's Women of Courage Award

(February 2, 2013)
Almas Jiwani, President of UN Women National Committee Canada, was honoured with the 2013 Woman of Courage Award. Recognized at Interim Place's Rays of Hope Gala in Toronto, Ms. Jiwani delivered the keynote address, speaking 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. The award recognizes individuals who have overcome adversity and have championed the cause of women locally, nationally and around the world. Past recipients of this award include Jane Fonda, Erin Brokovich, Kim Phuc and Betty Mahmoody. Read More...


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