Media Advisory - YWCA Toronto to announce 2016 Women of Distinction on International Women's Day

Meet the women and girls boosting gender equality across the city, country – and the globe 

TORONTO, March 7, 2016 /CNW/ - In celebration of International Women's Day on March 8th, YWCA Toronto will be announcing its 2016 Women of Distinction Award recipients, an inspiring slate of seven who have quickened the pace of progress for women's and girls' equality. The winner of The President's Award, an honour conferred only three times in 36 years, will also be revealed.

Each one of this year's women and girls has her own story to tell. These talented and courageous women have worked hard to improve the lives of girls and women in ways highly relevant to issues being discussed and debated today. They have expanded opportunities for women, remedied inequities, found solutions, fought for more inclusive leadership and brought gender-based analysis to research and public services.

Outstanding role models, they champion the rights and contributions of women and girls in their respective areas of expertise - Indigenous people's rights, advocacy, finance, education, international development, law and health.

Discover who these women are by going to  on March 8th. Learn what they changed, for whom and why. Where did they succeed and struggle?  What are their proudest achievements? What work lies ahead to make communities, homes, workplaces and institutions safer and more equitable for women and girls?

The women will be introduced and participate in a panel discussion at an Alumnae Reception on March 8th, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Hosted by TD Bank Group, it will be held in the Lambert Room, 54th Floor, 66 Wellington St. West, Toronto. Former Women of Distinction recipients, YWCA Toronto donors, funders and supporters as well as friends and colleagues of TD Bank will attend.

The 2016 YWCA Women of Distinction Awards Event, hosted by CBC Toronto News co-host Anne-Marie Mediwake, will be held May 26th. It is YWCA Toronto's largest annual fundraising event. 

YWCA Toronto is the largest multi-service women's organization in Canada.  It helps women escape violence, move out of poverty and access safe affordable housing.  Learn more:


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For further information: Media interested in attending and/or interviewing the women and YWCA Toronto, should contact; 416.961.8101, ext. 326; 416.660.9483 (mobile)


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