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Women Making Change Soirée highlights work of inspiring leaders who are contributing to a better world

Ottawa, March 10, 2016—More than 150 leaders from the international development, environment, education and scientific communities, as well as Ministers, Members of Parliament  and senior bureaucrats meet today at the Canadian Museum of Nature. They are celebrating women’s leadership and to exploring how they can work together to accelerate global change on environmental and poverty reduction issues. 

The event is co-hosted by the Canadian Council for International Co-operation (CCIC) and the Canadian Museum of Nature. It is held in the context of CCIC’s first-ever Women Leaders’ Forum, which is bringing 50 participants from across Canada to Ottawa for two days of workshops on effective communications and advocacy.  

The Women Making Change Soirée will start with an address by the Honourable Patty Hajdu, Minister of Status of Women, who will make remarks on the importance of women’s political, economic and community leadership.

This will be followed by the inaugural presentation of the Karen Takacs Award for Women's Leadership in International Development, presented by Karina Gould, MP and Parliamentary Secretary for the Minister of International Development. Karen Takacs was a celebrated and cherished leader of the Canadian international development community, working tirelessly to promote women’s rights and social justice throughout her career. Karen was also Chair of CCIC until 2011. Following her passing in 2015, CCIC decided to honour her by setting up this award.

“Tonight’s’ event recognises that women play a key role in addressing global poverty and protecting the environment” says Julia Sanchez, President-CEO of the Canadian Council for International Co-operation. “We are very excited to be hosting this event at a time in Canada when women’s issues are being put centre-stage”, she added.

Another highlight of the evening will be the Ignite Session, featuring four women leaders from diverse sectors who will share their experience in influencing Canadian public opinion and leading innovative initiatives.

“Creating networking opportunities for leaders across different fields is a critical part of nurturing sustainable solutions for today’s pressing global and domestic challenges,” says Meg Beckel, President and CEO, Canadian Museum of Nature. “I am very pleased to be forging new partnerships with the women leaders we will host here today” she concluded.


About the Canadian Museum of Nature
The Canadian Museum of Nature is Canada's national museum of natural history and natural sciences. The museum provides evidence-based insights, inspiring experiences and meaningful engagement with nature's past, present and future. It achieves this through scientific research, a 10.5 million specimen collection, education programs, signature and travelling exhibitions, and a dynamic web site, nature.ca.

About the Canadian Council for International Co-operation
The Canadian Council for International Co-operation (CCIC) is Canada’s national coalition of civil society organizations (CSOs) working globally to achieve sustainable human development. Our members represent a broad range of CSOs working in international development and humanitarian assistance — from faith-based and secular groups to labour unions, cooperatives and professional associations. CCIC seeks to end global poverty and to promote social justice and human dignity for all.

About the Karen Takacs Award for Women's Leadership in International Development
Created by CCIC to honour the exceptional life and memory of Karen Takacs, former director at Crossroads International and recognized leader in the Canadian international development sector. Future recipients of the award will be women leaders who have demonstrated a sustained and creative engagement in addressing social and economic inequalities and opening spaces for women, both globally and at home.

For more information, contact:
Chantal Havard
Communications Manager, CCIC
613-241-7007, ext.311

Kasia Majewski
Head, External Relations
Canadian Museum of Nature