NEWS ARCHIVE

December 8, 2015

16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence:
November 25 - December 10

Justice Minister, Jody Raybould-Wilson, outlined the first phase of a national inquiry into missing and murdered indigenous women at a news conference in Ottawa today. “It is a national tragedy that requires an urgent national response,” said the Justice Minister. “Addressing violence against indigenous women and girls is a priority for this government” said status of women minister Patricia Hajdu. The actual inquiry will take place in 2016.

This announcement is particularly welcomed by MCW who have been working toward this aim.


November 23, 2015

16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence:
November 25 - December 10

World

November 25 is International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, kicking off 16 days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence through to 10 December, Human Rights Day. Locally, this also encompasses the December 6 National Day of Commemoration of the Polytechnique Tragedy, and MCW's Woman of the Year award lunch on December 4 to honour a woman who has made an outstanding contribution towards the prevention of violence against women.

Violence against women is not inevitable. With a combination of specialized programmes, holistic policy, and a mobilized global movement, we can prevent violence against women and girls before it happens.

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October 7, 2015

UN Sustainable Development Summit 2015
September 25-27, 2015, New York

September 27 was a turning point in the journey towards gender equality worldwide. As 80+ Heads of State and Government gathered at UN Headquarters to make solid commitments to women's empowerment, they began a new chapter for both women and men everywhere.To quote UN Women's Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, "I hope this starts the beginning of the end of gender inequality."

For more details on the Summit, please click here to access the UN Women site and "Planet 50-50 by 2030: Step It Up for Gender Equality".


September 21, 2015

International Day of Peace
UN theme: Partnership for Peace - Dignity for All

This year, 2015, the international community marks the 15th anniversary of the adoption of UN Security Council Resolution (UNSCR 1325) on "Women, Peace and Security".

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To read UN Security Council Resolution 1325, click here

The Nobel Peace Prize for 2014 was awarded to two persons: Kailash Satyarthi & Malala Yousafzai "for their struggle against the suppression of children and young people and for the right of all children to education". The winner for the 2015 Peace Prize will be announced on October 9, 2015.


September 8, 2015

In a historic move for gender equality, G20 leaders have launched W20, a new engagement group to advance women's economic empowerment. This new group will ensure the G20, which makes up two-thirds of the world’s population and 85 per cent of GDP, will take initiative to promote women's involvement in the global economy. As Deputy Executive Director Lakshmi Puri said in her speech at the event, “The W20 has the potential to influence economic governance and promote gender-inclusive economic growth in a more potent way than has ever been possible in the G20 until now.”

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September 9, 2015

UN Sustainable Development Summit 2015
September 25-27, 2015, New York

High level plenary meetings are being held to adopt the post-2015 sustainable development agenda based on consensus reached by world leaders. The Draft Outcome Document: 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development is copied here for your convenience. More information on the proceedings as well as this and many other documents and reports are available online at the United Nations Sustainable Development site. Included in the six themes on the dialogues for discussion during the Summit are poverty and hunger, empowering women and girls, sustainable economic growth etc.