New Gender Equality Campaign: Connecting Canadians with Women in Developing Countries

OTTAWA, Feb. 3 /CNW Telbec/ - For International Development Week (February 6-12), groups of university students and employees will be launching the "Her Challenge, Your Challenge" campaign on their campuses across Canada, from St. John's to Vancouver.

In developing countries women everywhere are speaking out for equality, and Canadians now have the chance to echo their message worldwide thanks to this brand new campaign. "Her Challenge, Your Challenge" (www.herchallengeyourchallenge.ca) is a Uniterra-led campaign, which aims to promote the recognition and respect of women's rights worldwide.

"My challenge is to become an institutor and inspire girls in my community to get an education", testimony from Justina Dakarah, a young Ghanaian woman. http://bit.ly/fqObit 

"My challenge is to get access to quality healthcare services that take into account my culture and my people's traditions" testimony from Rosa Bustillos, Aymara woman in Bolivia.
http://bit.ly/hN0T8M

With "Her challenge", women in developing countries speak out for women's rights, such as economic independence, education, health, citizenship and in the reduction of violence against women. "Your Challenge," as Canadians, is to echo their message, mobilize women and men from across the country to take action in solidarity and to raise funds to support the building of equal societies.

Uniterra is an important Canadian international cooperation and development program jointly implemented by World University Service of Canada (WUSC) and the Centre for International Studies and Cooperation (CECI).

SOURCE CENTER FOR INTERNATIONAL STUDIES AND COOPERATION

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For more information about the campaign, to interview key players or to find an upcoming Her Challenge, Your Challenge event in your area, please contact:

Sandra Oey, Media Relations, 613.761.3714 or (cell) 613.883.8882

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