#Alberta; #InspirationAwards; #SaferCommunity; #FamilyViolencePrevention
Alberta, Jul 25 (Canadian-Media): During a ceremony held July 24 at Government House, Rajan Sawhney, Alberta's Minister of Community and Social Services presented a total of 17 awards to individuals, organizations and businesses showing leadership in violence prevention, promoting healthy relationships, and building safer communities for those experiencing abuse, media reports said.
Rajan Sawhney. Image credit: Twitter handle
The Inspiration Awards celebrate those raising awareness of family violence, sexual violence and abuse, and advancing healthy relationships.
“These awards recognize outstanding community leaders who have gone above and beyond in helping prevent family violence, sexual violence and bullying in their communities. Congratulations to all award recipients and nominees, and thank you for your hard work and dedication to helping vulnerable Albertans,” said Sawhney in a news release.
2020 Award recipients have been categorized under five divisions.
Family Violence Prevention awards were presented to Paul Kent, Christine Berry, Carlene Donnelly; The Today Family Violence Help Centre; Stop Abuse in Families (SAIF) Society; Islamic Family & Social Services Association; High Level Community Policing Society; and Higgerty Law.
Recipients of Sexual Violence Prevention awards were Dr. Kiara Mikita; Tammy Shopland; MacEwan Anti-Violence Education Network; and Bow Valley Harmony Project
Bullying Prevention awards recipients were Caroline Gosling (Missal), and Brett Todd
Innovation awards were presented to Dr. Deinera Exner-Cortens, and Ever Active Schools.
Lifetime Achievement award was presented to Penny Mickanuck
#UN; #EmergecyCovid19Response; #WomenRights, #GenderEquality
Bangladesh/UN, Jul 21 (Canadian-Media): With essential resources for women’s health being diverted to emergency COVID-19 response around the world, Governments, civil society leaders, CEOs and academic experts gathered virtually on Tuesday, to explore ways to accelerate the achievement of landmark targets set 25 years ago for gender equality and women’s empowerment.
Development workers hand over relief aid to a woman amid the COVID-19 pandemic in Dhaka, Bangladesh. Image credit: UN Women/Fahad Kaizer
“It’s up to us to make sure that we use the power of multilateral investment and commitment to realize the potential gains from radical, positive action to redress long-standing inequalities in multiple areas of women’s lives,” said UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo Ngcuka, during the day-long interactive hearing organized by General Assembly President Tijani Muhammad-Bande.
The virtual event rallied participants around the need for stronger multilateral commitment to implement the 1995 Beijing Platform for Action. Adopted at the watershed Fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing, it outlines 12 critical areas where action is needed to create gender equality - and ways to bring about change. Together with the Beijing Declaration, it is widely considered the most progressive blueprint for advancing women's rights.
The interactive hearing more broadly sets the stage for a high-level meeting to be held by the Assembly on “Accelerating the realization of gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls”, on 23 September, during its annual general debate.
COVID-19 lays bare gender inequalities
Ms. Mlambo Ngcuka urged Governments - and all other service providers - to plan their COVID-19 response “as they have never done before”, including women in its design and fully taking a gender perspective into account.
COVID-19 has laid bare existing inequalities, she stressed. Across every sphere - from health to the economy, security to social protection - women and girls are disproportionately affected.
Ms. Mlambo Ngcuka – who devoted particular attention to empowering women as Deputy President of South Africa from 2005 to 2008 - said women today, aged 25 to 34, are 25 per cent more likely than men to live in poverty. While women’s political representation has doubled since 1995, men still control more than three quarters of the seats in the single and lower houses of parliaments around the world.
And after years of progress, she said the proportion of peace agreements that included references to women, dropped from 32 per cent between 2011 and 2015 to 7.7 per cent in 2018.
Gender equality ‘everyone’s responsibility’
“We simply cannot allow the coronavirus to threaten the lives and future of women,” said Mr. Muhammad-Bande. Twenty-five years after adopting the Platform for Action, efforts to stop the spread of COVID-19 have shut schools, diverted resources to pandemic response, and disproportionately affected women with a significant uptick in unpaid care work.
The needs of women and girls must be central to both rapid-response and long-term recovery planning, he asserted, with women included in every decision-making forum.
“Gender equality is everybody’s responsibility,” he said. The conversation must move beyond a virtual platform, “to amplify the voice of every girl and facilitate women’s leadership in all arenas”.
#Cobourg, #Ontario; #WomenLedBusinesses;#RebuildReopenReviveInitiative
Cobourg (Ontario), Jul 17 (Canadian-Media): A $4-million FedDev Ontario investment was announced Jul 17 by Mary Ng, Minister of Small Business, Export Promotion and International Trade, on behalf of Mélanie Joly, Minister of Economic Development and Official Languages and Minister responsible for FedDev Ontario at Venture13 in Cobourg, home of the Northumberland Community Futures Development Corporation (CFDC) to support over 700 women entrepreneurs across southern Ontario, media reports said.
Mary Ng. Image credit: Twitter handle
The unique challenges faced by women-led businesses being further intensified by COVID-19's impact on Canada's economy, these women-led businesses need support to adapt their operations for a successful recovery.
Delivery of Rebuild Reopen Revive Initiative suopprt for women-led small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in rural and urban communities across southern Ontario is being made possible by this investment through the Regional Relief and Recovery Fund (RRRF), the Northumberland CFDC and Windsor-Essex Economic Development Corporation, in collaboration with regional partners.
A sum of $2 million would be given to each of the two organizations with non-repayable contributions of up to $5,000 to help eligible women-led businesses with key re-opening expenditures, including acquisition of reusable personal protective equipment (PPE); workspaces reconfiguration to accommodate social distancing impacts; and, enhancing online capacity to improve accessibility and client service.
Interested SMEs can visit Northumberland CFDC (eastern Ontario) or Windsor-Essex Economic Development Corporation (southwestern Ontario) for more details or to apply.
This support would enable the Northumberland CFDC to financially support underrepresented women-led businesses that removes gender bias.
Growth of 30 women-led businesses are being supported by CFDC the through this initiative.
Successful applicants are enrolled automatically into the program offering advisory and support services, networking, and access to office space through Venture13.
Later Ng was joined by Maryam Monsef, Minister for Women and Gender Equality and Rural Economic Development, at the Imprinted Apparel Store in Peterborough, where the ministers highlighted an additional $380,000 in support through the Women Entrepreneurship Fund (WEF) to local women-led businesses. Funding recipients including Imprinted Apparel Store; Unlock Math Inc.; and Walton Wood Farm Corp.; Mallory Charmaine Graham (o/a Tribal Trade Co.).