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Almas Jiwani of UN Women Canada National Committee to Receive Tribute Award for Outstanding Contribution to Gender Equality

TORONTO, ONTARIO -- (Marketwire) -- 11/01/12 --

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Almas Jiwani, President of UN Women Canada National Committee, will be a keynote speaker at the 2012 Immigrant Talk Show Awards Gala and will be presented with an award for her outstanding contributions to gender equality and empowerment.

"I am pleased to speak about this important cause and honoured to be recognized for the contributions I have made to women's empowerment, especially for the full participation of women immigrants in Canadian society," says Ms. Jiwani.

Ms. Jiwani was invited by Dr. Vivian Mthenjwa-Hanya, the founder, producer and host of The Immigrant Talk Show, to highlight the concept of equality within a "new immigrants" context, which is particularly fitting in the economic world of entrepreneurs or professionals. The idea of new immigrants, like women, is often perceived as a "devalued status group"; for example, over the years the concept of "new immigrants" has carried negative connotations such as struggles, poverty, welfare dependents & a burden to the Canadian tax payers. Founded on her expertise as a champion for equality, Ms. Jiwani's speech will highlight the value of new immigrants in Canada.

"The Immigrant Talk show was designed to explore the realities of immigration, settlement and integration of various immigrants from different backgrounds through personal interviews, talk shows and forums," says Dr. Vivian Mthenjwa-Hanya. "Ms. Jiwani's background, experience and diverse expertise will encourage and inspire new immigrants that there is hope in what may not be an easy journey," adds Dr. Vivian Mthenjwa-Hanya.

Ms. Jiwani's speech will highlight the concept of equality within the context of some of the following Immigrant Talk Show Episodes: Employment struggles with an extension of "for women", internationally educated professionals, bereavement (when a loved passes here or back home), Child discipline (Coping with Children's Aid Society, and with the disciplining of the new child - a complex experience for new immigrants), New Immigrants and Networking, does it work?, The Role of Ethic Associations in social integration processes and Canadian Experience, and more.

The Immigrant Talk Show Awards ceremony event Director, Dakarayi Chigugudhlo Mazarire says "it is a great honour for us to have Ms. Almas Jiwani, President of UN Women Canada National Committee at our ceremony. We hope that her insights on this important issue will inspire new immigrants from all over the world."

The African Immigrant Cultural Association of Canada (AICAC) is the proud sponsor of the Immigrant Talk Show Awards 2012 Gala on Friday, November 2, starting at 6 p.m., at the Paradise Banquet Hall in Vaughan.

About the 2012 Immigrant Talk Show Awards

The Immigrant Talk Show is a show for immigrants and their receiving organisations/communities to express themselves in order to improve the bridging gap between official intended process and outcome (policy) and the actual experienced process and outcome (reality). Full episodes available on Rogers TV on demand: http://www.rogersondemand.com/tvshows/the_immigrant_talk_show or www.theimmigranttalkshow.com or contact:


Dakarayi Mazarire, Event Director                                           
The Immigrant Talk Show Awards                                              
Email: [email protected]                                                   
Tel: 647-271-1968                                                           

More About UN Women Canada National Committee

UN Women Canada National Committee 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.

For an interview with Ms. Almas Jiwani, president of UN Women Canada National Committee or for more information about UN Women Canada National Committee or UN Women please contact:


Andrea Smith                                                                
Research and Communications                                                 
UN Women Canada National Committee                                          
Tel. 416-333-6261                                                           
[email protected]http://www.unwomencanada.org/

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