Monday, January 30, 2012

Local to Global 2012

  • The exciting news is that we are making final plans for Kathy Gannon to speak at our Local to Global 2012. We don't have the date yet, but it will be something special -  Kathy is the author of "I is for Infidel: From Holy War to Holy Terror", and is an Associated Press correspondent. She is currently in Islamabad.

Local to Global 2012 -
Women, War and Peace: Through the Eyes of a Journalist
Funds raised to support UN Women, and women in the troubled spots of the world
Join us on April  ? to hear Associated Press International Correspondent, Kathy Gannon speak to us about her experiences covering many parts of the world, most recently Afghanistan and Pakistan.

She will speak as a woman and as a journalist and what is it like to cover the hot spots. And also to talk about the many women that are affected by war and civil unrest.

Kathy Gannon, the Associated Press’s award-winning reporter in Afghanistan and now based in Pakistan, was honoured with a rare National Newspapers Award in 2011.

Gannon, a Canadian who hails from Timmins, Ontario, has worked for AP since 1988 in Pakistan and Afghanistan, a period that spans the mysterious death of Pakistan dictator Zia-ul Haq, the withdrawal of Russian soldiers from Afghanistan, and the bitter Afghan civil war between Islamic factions. She was in Kabul when the Taliban regime took power and was the only western journalist allowed to return to Kabul by the Taliban in the weeks before their collapse in November 2001. She is currently the Iran Bureau Chief-designate.

She has received two AP Managing Editors awards for her coverage of two of the hottest spots on the planet – Pakistan and Afghanistan. Ms. Gannon was the 2002 recipient of the International Women's Media Foundation's Courage in Journalism award.

There is international recognition that women bear the brunt of modern conflicts, including where rape is a weapon of war. Specific threats to women must be identified and stopped, and women must be at the centre of peace talks and post-conflict reconstruction.
Please join us to hear this outstanding woman and journalist and help raise funds for UN Women!

The Winnipeg Chapter has also responded to the request from Project Peacemakers to be part of the planning for a Peace Festival, in Winnipeg in June - you will be hearing more about this.

Thanks everyone for your interest and support of UN Women. "We Can Make a Difference!"


Mary ScottWinnipeg Chapter for National Committee for UN Women - Canada
UN Women is the UN organization dedicated to gender equality and the empowerment of women

Violence against women is not solely a woman’s issue. It diminishes each and every one of us. We need to come together to end it. By coming together, by standing up against violence against women, we will come closer to peace, justice and equality.   - Michelle Bachelet, Executive Director, UN Women

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