Canada to host Women's Worlds 2011 thanks to Government of Canada support

    OTTAWA, July 7 /CNW Telbec/ - Canada will host the Women's Worlds 2011,
the first Women's Worlds forum to be held in the country, thanks to support
from the Government of Canada.
    A global forum held every three years on a different continent,
connecting women through gender(ed) research and interdisciplinary
scholarship, Women's World 2011 will be hosted jointly by representatives of
Carleton University, the University of Ottawa, the Université du Québec en
Outaouais and Saint Paul's University.
    "I am proud of our Government's support to this global forum and to Women
Build Up to the Forum, a special project preceding the event itself," said the
Honourable Josée Verner, Minister of Canadian Heritage, Status of Women and
Official Languages and Minister for La Francophonie. "This initiative will
create an inclusive virtual network connecting women of diverse backgrounds
from across Canada, and empowering them to be leaders as they prepare for this
important gathering and the challenges beyond."
    During a 31-month period, from July 1, 2008 to March 31, 2011, the Women
Build Up to the Forum project will establish six regional networks. Through
those networks, 100 participants will raise awareness about the forum and its
themes, and create a medium through which women of various backgrounds can
participate in the event.
    Through its Women's Partnership Fund, Status of Women Canada is
contributing $1,016,400 over three years to the project. Carleton University
and the University of Ottawa are partners in this initiative, providing
contributions of $515,000 and $160,000 respectively. The Women's Partnership
Fund supports eligible initiatives that build partnerships between Status of
Women Canada, non-governmental organizations and public institutions to
address the economic and social situation of women, and their participation in
democratic life.
    The 2008 10th International Interdisciplinary Congress of Women is taking
place at the Universidad Complutense de Madrid in Spain from July 3 to 9,
    As announced in Budget 2008, the Government of Canada will develop an
Action Plan to advance equality for women by improving their economic and
social conditions, and their participation in democratic life.

    Status of Women Canada is a federal government agency working to promote
the full participation of women in the economic, social and democratic life of

For further information:

For further information: Dominic Gosselin, Press Secretary, Office of
the Minister of Canadian Heritage, Status of Women and Official Languages and
Minister for La Francophonie, (819) 997-7788; Nanci-Jean Waugh, Director
General, Communications and Strategic Planning, Status of Women Canada, (613)
995-7839; Ce texte est également disponible en français. For news releases and
information on Status of Women Canada, go to

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