Mississauga's Almas Jiwani, president of the United Nations Development Fund for Women Canada

Mississauga’s Almas Jiwani, president of the United Nations Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM) Canada, is being honoured for her work in improving the status of women around the world.

On Wednesday in Greece, Jiwani was one of six people to receive the Euro-American Women’s Council’s (EAWC) Goddess Artemis Award.
The award was given to Jiwani for her, “continuous and exceptional work in eliciting awareness of equal rights for women and encouraging the empowerment of women.”

Loula Loi Alafoyiannis, founder of EAWC, said Jiwani is deserving of the recognition.

“I’m fully aware of Almas’ global achievements, especially her contributions to the United Nations, developing countries and her professional work as well,” said Alafoyiannis. “Almas’ strong leadership in connecting women worldwide of an enabling environment is unique.”
Jiwani is the second Canadian and first UNIFEM member to win the award.

The accolades continue for Jiwani this Tuesday, when she’ll be inducted into the EAWC’s Women’s Hall of Fame.

“I’m humbled by the honour conferred on me,” said Jiwani. “I will continue to strive to work tirelessly for gender equality and women’s empowerment and to further the platform of building bridges of mutual understanding, promoting pluralism, cultural harmony and…making a profound difference in the lives of the underprivileged and victims of ignorance around the world.”

Earlier this month, the United Nations created a new entity that incorporates four previous organizations – UNIFEM, Division for the Advancement of Women, International Research and Training Institute for the Advancement of Women and Office of the Special Adviser on Gender Issues and Advancement of Women. Jiwani lauded the move and, although she isn’t positive how it will affect her organization’s mandate, she believes it will likely be asked to take a leading role.

“I wholeheartedly applaud and embrace the United Nations General Assembly’s recent decision to establish the UN Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women – to be known as UN Women,” she said. “It’s a historic move that represents a significant victory for the cause of women and gender equality organizations such as UNIFEM Canada.”

Source: http://www.mississauga.com/news/article/845853–resident-honoured-for-un-work

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