March 6, 2015

Canada World Youth is proud to celebrate International Women’s Day on March 8, 2015


Canada World Youth’s (CWY) Board of Directors and its staff wish to emphasize the importance of women’s achievements around the world, while continuing to promote and support greater equality. ‘’Women’s equality has been a cross-cutting theme of our CWY programs for many years” affirms Ms. Rita S. Karakas, President & CEO of Canada World Youth. ‘’We salute our young women volunteers who demonstrated great leadership through different projects undertaken by our teams, and our young men for being supportive and leading the way towards more just, harmonious, and sustainable societies.’’

This year, as in years past, all 24 Youth Leaders in Action teams have worked on gender equality. Acknowledging all the achievements done around equality, but also knowing there is still a lot of work to be done, and with statistics showing 51% of all women in Canada will experience sexual or physical violence[i] at some point in their life, youth volunteer teams have led Women Safety Audits in many communities including Cornwall, ON, where youth volunteers submitted a report of their findings to city councils. In Camrose, AB, youth volunteers actually took part in the City Council meeting in December, and presented their findings to the Council and to the local Police Chief, who welcomed their recommendations. Teams have also led projects overseas, such as in the community of Palca, Peru, where more than 300 local women participated in the Women Safety Audit led by the youth volunteers.

CWY’s programs take place in Africa, Asia, Latin America, and Eastern Europe. In 2014-15, close to 1,000 young people volunteered on CWY projects, including 24 Youth Leaders in Action exchanges, 34 development projects offered by the Global Learner program, and programs designed for Aboriginal youth. The youth volunteers participate in different projects related to health, environment, equity, or other community-driven initiatives. Each year, over 1,000,000 hours are dedicated by CWY volunteers to development and community projects.

[i]Statistics from METRAC Fact Sheet on Sexual Assault.

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About Canada World Youth

Canada World Youth is dedicated to enriching the lives of youth aged up to 35 who want to become informed and active global citizens. CWY offers international transformative learning experiences focused on building knowledge, leadership and skills through participation in sustainable community-driven projects. For more than 40 years, 38,000 youth and 12,000 host families have participated in CWY programs, in Canada and abroad.

CWY is registered with the Canada Revenue Agency as a charitable organization (#118973999RR0001).

Source : Mary McGee, Communications Officer, Canada World Youth, 514 931-3526 # 336,

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Mary McGee
1 800 605-3526 #336
514 931-3526 # 336