NEED A SOURCE: Plan International Canada President & CEO Available to Speak about Women's Economic Empowerment at CSW61

Changing the story of women in the global workforce a priority at this year's event

TORONTO, March 13, 2017 /CNW/ - World leaders will be meeting at the 61st Session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW61) at the United Nations Headquarters in New York from March 13-24 to discuss gender equality and the empowerment of women, with a focus this year on women's economic empowerment in the changing world of work.

Caroline Riseboro, President & CEO of Plan International Canada, is attending CSW61 and is available for interviews to discuss how we can change the story of women and girls in the global workforce.

Despite the strides that have been made toward gender equality, girls and women are still not full participants in the global economy. Girls and women are excluded from participating in the global workforce at rates that far exceed that of men and boys, particularly in the developing world, where girls' jobs are often vulnerable, informal and unprotected. Gender equality will not be possible unless the barriers that obstruct the economic empowerment of girls and women are removed.

Plan International Canada is working to increase women's economic empowerment and achieve gender equality through programs that challenge gender stereotypes, provide training, and improve access to employment opportunities in developing countries around the world.

About Plan International Canada and the Because I am a Girl Initiative
Founded in 1937, Plan International is one of the world's oldest and largest international development agencies, working in partnership with millions of people around the world to end global poverty. Not for profit, independent and inclusive of all faiths and cultures, Plan International strives for a just world that advances children's rights and equality for girls. Because I am a Girl is Plan International's global movement to transform power relations so that girls everywhere can learn, lead, decide and thrive.

Visit plancanada.ca and becauseiamagirl.ca for more information.

SOURCE Plan International Canada

For further information: MEDIA CONTACT: Meghan Francis, Media and Public Relations Specialist, Plan International Canada, T: 416-920-1654 ext.376, mfrancis@plancanada.ca


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