The second edition of the school competition

 In Press Release

The University Women’s Club of Montreal Inc. (UWCM) is proud to spearhead the second edition of the school competition les Olympes de la Parole: Empowered girls’ voices

Official launch is scheduled for December 6 th , 2018, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at La Maison Forget, 1195 rue Sherbrooke Ouest, Montréal, Québec, H3H 1H9

Keynote speaker: the Honourable Anne-Marie Trahan (QC)

CONTACT: S. Savary, Chemist (Ph.D.), UWCM president, 514-561-9481

This academic competition is a unique opportunity to engage secondary school girls in the global conversation on the central theme of gender inequalities and its impact on the empowerment of women and girls, based on the principles of human rights.

The theme chosen by UWCM reflects one of the UN themes which will be debated at the sixty third session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women (CSW63) in New York on March 2019: “Women’s empowerment and the link to sustainable development ”.

Participating secondary school students from le Collège international Marie de France, The Sacred Heart School of Montreal, the The Kahnawake Survival School et la Villa Sainte Marcelline will reflect on the feminization of poverty and its impact on the empowerment of women and the development of girls in Canada. The top three projects will be awarded scholarships during an Awards Ceremony scheduled for May 2019. Each participating school will benefit from a public speaking mentorship offered through our collaboration with Stella Musica.

In 2017, the University Women’s Club of Montreal had successfully launched the first North American edition of Les Olympes de la Parole competition, based on the French model. Implemented in several European and African countries, this competition was recognized by the Council of Europe as part of its “All Different, All Equal” program to promote diversity and gender equality among European youth.

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The UWCM was founded in 1927 in Montreal by women university graduates involved in promoting quality education for girls and women. UWCM is a member of the Canadian Federation of University Women (CFUW), a non-partisan, voluntary, self-funded organization with over 100 Clubs and 8,400 members, located in every province of Canada. Since its founding in 1919, CFUW has been working to improve the status of women and girls, and to promote human rights, public education, social justice, and peace in Canada. CFUW holds special consultative status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) and belongs to the Education Committee of the Canadian Commission for UNESCO. CFUW regularly sends a delegation to the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women. CFUW is affiliated with Graduate Women International (GWI), located in Geneva; and is also member of the International Alliance of Women.

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