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Almas Jiwani, President of UN Women National Committee Canada to Give Keynote at the Daughter of India Prayer Vigil

TORONTO, ONTARIO -- (Marketwire) -- 01/16/13 -- Almas Jiwani, President of UN Women National Committee Canada, will address the prayer vigil in honour of the atrocities committed against Jyoti Singh Pandey, in the fatal gang rape attack that occurred on December 16, 2012.

"Ms. Pandey's tragic death is a reminder of the inhumanity which lurks around us, not to mention that rape is a recurrent threat to women everywhere around the world. Any form of violence against women is deplorable and should be fought as a collective entity around the globe," says Jiwani. "The violent attack against Ms. Pandey is an attack against all women and this is not only a women's issue but a fundamental human rights issue. Oppression of women must come to an end and change can only happen through actions at the Civil Society and Government levels. The vigil in honor of India's Daughter is a commemoration of rape victims and their resiliency in fighting this injustice. It is our intention that the event will generate momentum and provide the impetus for UN Women's extensive efforts in India and the larger South Asia to eradicate Violence Against Women and emancipate victims of rape everywhere," stated Jiwani.

Organizer of the vigil, Ravinder Malhi states, "Due to Ms. Almas Jiwani's outstanding support to women's rights and promoting gender equality locally and globally, we are honored to have her as a keynote speaker at the vigil. Ms. Jiwani is an example of leadership and determination to give women the respect, dignity and freedom they deserve. As an international gender advocate, her presence will be particularly meaningful at the vigil."

UN Women National Committee Canada supports the government and people of India in acknowledging that only by taking collective action together will change this culture of impunity. These horrific crimes must end and every girl and woman should have the right to live free of sexual harassment and violence. Jiwani urges that stronger implementation of existing laws and regulations in India must translate into concrete action. Canadian women especially need to be part of this change and raise awareness that these acts are intolerable.

The vigil will take place at the Hindu Sahba Temple - Gore Mandir at 9220 Gore Road in Brampton on January 20, 2013 starting at 7 p.m.

More About UN Women's Say NO - UNiTE To End Violence Campaign

Say NO - UNiTE to End Violence against Women is a social mobilization platform on ending violence against women and girls, contributing towards UN Secretary General's system-wide campaign, UNiTE to End Violence against Women. Launched in November 2009 by UN Women, Say NO - UNiTE showcases advocacy efforts and engages people from all walks of life, online and on the ground to eradicate violence against women whether it be sexual, physical, emotional or in any form.

For more information on Say NO - UNiTE, please visit: http://saynotoviolence.org/.

More 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.

Contacts:
For an interview with Ms. Almas Jiwani, president of
UN Women National Committee Canada or for more information
about UN Women National Committee Canada, please contact:
UN Women National Committee Canada
Andrea Smith or Ovais Shah, Research and Communications
[email protected], www.unwomencanada.org

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