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Transforming the lives of women and girls
October 19, 2021 @ 11:45 am - 2:00 pm
Join us at our next Canadian Club of Victoria luncheon with Nurjehan Mawani, our guest speaker and champion of justice, gender equity, and diversity. She will share her deep insights on how the lives of women and girls can be transformed through inclusive and equitable development.
Nurjehan has spent the last 15 years in Central Asia and Afghanistan where she served as the AKDN Diplomatic Representative to the Kyrgyz Republic and subsequently to the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan. She worked tirelessly with stakeholders to ensure that women and girls’ experiences and voices from both urban and rural areas were included in policy development and programme implementation.
Prior to her diplomatic role, Nurjehan has had a long and distinguished career with the Canadian Public Service. She served as Chairperson of the Immigration and Refugee Board where in 1994 she issued the ground breaking report Guidelines on Gender-Related Persecution. This took into account the unique ways in which women experience violence and conflict. She also served as Commissioner of the Public Service Commission and Senior Advisor on Diversity to the Canada School of Public Service and the Clerk of the Privy Council.
Nurjehan has received numerous awards for her contribution to public service and advancing gender equity including the YWCA Vancouver Woman of Distinction award, the UNIFEM Canada award for innovative leadership in refugee determination, and the Outstanding Achievement Award of the Public Service of Canada. She is a member of the Order of Canada and has received honorary doctorates from the University of Ottawa and the American University of Afghanistan. Simon Fraser University will award her an honorary doctorate at its convocation in October.
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