Women's Trek in Nepal: The Delegation Flies Off

    MONTREAL, March 4 /CNW Telbec/ - Journalist Josée Blanchette, the
spokesperson for The Women's Trek for Peace and Development, was accompanied
yesterday afternoon by Canadian participants as she boarded her flight to meet
with women in Nepal. Blanchette was joined by some 20 or so dedicated women
from different walks of life to take part in this vast human adventure to mark
International Women's Day (March 8).
    "Being a woman is not easy in North America, we still must fight at
different levels, we are still afraid to speak out, that is why I'm all the
more looking forward to discovering the realities of the Nepalese women. I am
certain that it will be a great lesson." said Josée Blanchette.
    The Women's Trek for Peace and Development provides a unique opportunity
to make women's voices heard in Nepal and Canada. Three thematic treks on the
topics of health, women's leadership, and economic activities of indigenous
women will begin simultaneously on March 8, 2008 in three regions of the
    This rich moment of intercultural exchange will help all participants
better understand the stakes involved in the recognition and inclusion of
Nepalese women living in the mountains, who experience many forms of daily
discrimination based on sex, caste, or ethnic origin. The women of Nepal and
Canada will then exchange ideas and experiences on peace and development
initiatives in Nepal aimed at improving living conditions for Nepalese women.

    Log online to follow the adventures of Canadian participants as they meet
with women in the heart of remote villages in the Himalayas!

    Josée Blanchette, representatives of the Centre for International Studies
and Cooperation (CECI), and participants are available for interviews with the
media during the Trek.

    The Women's Trek for Peace and Development is an activity by and for
women, organised by CECI. It will take place from March 3 to 23, 2008 to mark
International Women's Day.

    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 the recognition and respect for the
rights of thousands of women throughout the world.

For further information:

For further information: Interview requests: Suzanne Ouellet,
Coordinator, Communication and Fundraising, Cell: (514) 776-9912,
suzanneo@ceci.ca; Other information: Lisandra Lannes, Nepal Trek Support
Agent, (514) 875-9911 ext. 279, lisandral@ceci.ca

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