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UN Women Canada NC to Join Aga Khan Foundation Canada's World Partnership Walk to Fight Global Poverty

May 21 2013 12:00AM

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OTTAWA, ONTARIO -- (Marketwired) -- 05/21/13 -- 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.

"Supporting the World Partnership Walk is in line with our core UN Women priority which is to advance women's economic security and rights," said Almas Jiwani, President, UN Women National Committee Canada. "Women bear a disproportionate burden of the world's poverty. Across the world, over sixteen million women and children are impacted by the brunt of poverty. They are more likely than men to be poor because of the discrimination they face in education, health care and employment. Gender discrimination undermines efforts towards poverty eradication, thwarts progress and suppresses viable contributions of half the world's population to improve global economic conditions. Join us at the World Partnership Walk. Together, we can take action, together we can mobilize partners for change, together we can end poverty and suffering."

Since its start almost 30 years ago, the Walk has raised over $75 million for international development programs and initiatives supported by Aga Khan Foundation Canada. One hundred per cent of funds raised by the World Partnership Walk go directly to fund international development projects. Organized by volunteers in ten cities across Canada, nearly 40,000 Canadians came together to raise more than $7 million in 2012.

Walks will be held in Regina, Toronto, Vancouver, Victoria, London, Ottawa, Calgary, Edmonton, Kitchener- Waterloo and Montreal. The Montreal Walk will be held on Sunday, June 2 at Parc Jean-Drapeau and will include a special performance by singer/songwriter and two-time Juno award nominee Belinda Brady.

"The Walk welcomes the ongoing support of UN Women in helping put an end to global poverty," said Ashina Sheriff, Volunteer Convenor for the Walk in Montreal. "We share the conviction that women are agents of change in our world. By participating in the Walk, we put this belief into action, by giving women and girls in the developing world a chance to become partners in development."

With only 1000 days left for the 2015 MDG deadline, UN Women National Committee Canada and its civil society allies are working hard to fulfil MDG # 8 - Building Global Partnership for Development. By participating in the World Partnership Walk, UN Women National Committee Canada is helping to put spotlight on the formidable role of civil society in eradicating poverty collectively.

To join the walk and raise funds please visit: http://www.worldpartnershipwalk.com.

About UN Women National Committee Canada

UN Women National Committee Canada 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. http://www.unwomencanada.org/.

About Aga Khan Foundation Canada

Aga Khan Foundation Canada (AKFC) is a non-profit international development agency, working in Asia and Africa to find sustainable solutions to the complex problems causing global poverty. Established in 1980, AKFC is a registered Canadian charity and an agency of the worldwide Aga Khan Development Network. http://www.akfc.ca.

For media interviews with Ms. Almas Jiwani, President of the UN WomenNational Committee Canada, or for more information about UN Women NationalCommittee Canada, please contact:Andrea Smith 416-333-6261 orRowena Calpito 416-708-0100communications@unwomencanada.org





Contacts:
UN Women Canada National Committee
Andrea Smith
Research and Communications
416-333-6261

UN Women Canada National Committee
Rowena Calpito
Research and Communications
416-708-0100
communications@unwomencanada.org

For media interviews for the World Partnership Walk,
please contact: World Partnership Walk Montreal
Ms. Jennifer Morrow
Deputy Convenor (Media)
438-990-1880
jetmorrow@gmail.com





Source: Marketwire


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