Josée Blanchette Spokesperson for The Women's Trek for Peace and Development: An Event by and for Women in Nepal



    MONTREAL, Jan. 16 /CNW Telbec/ - The Centre for International Studies and
Cooperation (CECI) would like to inform the media of its new special project,
called The Women's Trek for Peace and Development in Nepal, which will take
place March 6 to 22, 2008 to mark International Women's Day.
    The Women's Trek for Peace and Development is a singular opportunity to
make women's voices heard in Nepal and in Canada. Engaged women from different
fields (community organisations, industry, politics, the media) will walk
together in a vast human adventure through the remote villages of the
Himalayas. Three thematic treks on health, women's leadership, and the
economic activities of indigenous women will begin simultaneously, immediately
following opening celebrations on March 8, 2008, in three regions of Nepal.
This rich moment of intercultural exchange will help give all participants a
better understanding of the issues involved in the recognition and inclusion
of women in the Nepalese mountains, who experience many forms of
discrimination in their daily lives. The women of Nepal and Canada will
exchange ideas and experiences on peace and development initiatives in Nepal
aimed at improving living conditions for Nepalese women.
    Josée Blanchette, feature writer with the Montreal daily newspaper Le
Devoir and Chatelaine Magazine, contributor to Radio-Canada television and
radio, and author of several books, will be the official spokesperson for The
Women's Trek for Peace and Development in Nepal. She will participate in the
Trek on the theme of women's leadership and speak to the media on her
impressions to help sensitise Canadians on the cause of Nepalese women.

    CECI is one of the largest non-governmental international cooperation
organisations in Quebec and Canada. CECI fights poverty and exclusion; it
strengthens the development capacity of disadvantaged communities; it supports
initiatives for peace, human rights, and equity; it mobilises resources and
promotes the exchange of know-how. CECI and its partners work in cooperation
with women in Southern countries for recognition and respect for the rights of
thousands of women throughout the world.




For further information:

For further information: Lisandra Lannes, Trek Népal Support Agent,
(514) 875-9911 ext.279 (Thursday and Friday), lisandral@ceci.ca; Myriam
Fehmiu, Communications Advisor, Cell: (514) 574-7195, myriamf@ceci.ca

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