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October is Women's History Month in Canada, a time when we recognize and appreciate how women have shaped our history and acknowledge the vital contributions women make to strengthen our economy, our communities and our families.
The theme of this year's celebration hosted by Manitoba Status of Women is women and leadership. It will highlight women's contributions to and achievements in developing and growing our province's business sector. The event will feature Ms. Jodi Moskal - Chair, Winnipeg Chamber of Commerce and Co-owner, Moskal Electric - as this year's guest speaker.
The celebration will be held at the Manitoba Legislative Building on Wednesday, October 29, 2014 from 11:45 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., with official proceedings beginning at 12:15 p.m. in the Rotunda. A light lunch will be served before the formal program.
Please contact Manitoba Status of Women by Friday, October 24, 2014 at (204) 945-6281, toll-free at 1-800-263-0234, or via email at email@example.com if you plan to attend.
The United Nations declared October 11, 2012 to be the first International Day of the Girl (IDG) to provide an opportunity to recognize young women around the world as important citizens and powerful voices of change. Canada led the call to raise awareness about the particular challenges girls face around the world and to promote girls' empowerment and the fulfilment of their human rights.
Manitoba Status of Women (MSW) encourages organizations and agencies from across our province to celebrate IDG in a variety of ways - big and small. Select a theme that is important to girls in your communities and run with it: plan a luncheon, a walk, a lecture at your school or in your community; get a group of girls together to participate in a service project in your community; or simply take some time, either individually or as a group of girls, to learn about the lives of girls in other parts of the world.
Minister Kerri Irvin- Ross will be making an announcement to commemorate the day. Please stay tuned to our website for more details.
Women have told us they want opportunities to connect on important issues, build networks for community and create change together. To help meet this need, MWAC introduced the Community Networking Grant for Women in 2011 to assist groups of women from across the province to network together as peers, share resources and information, and take action on issues important to them and their communities. This grant is designed for women in rural, remote and northern communities.
Please find attached more information about the Community Networking Grant for Women, as well as the application form. Applications are due by October 17, 2014 and may be submitted by fax, email, or mail.
Please join us on October 25th for updates on the UN Global Safe Cities Initiative.