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1 International Development Week Gender and Equality For more information, visit: CIDA (Canadian International Development Agency) cida.gc.ca/CIDAWEB/acdicida.nsf/En/ JUD MPW Engineers Without Borders Canada Engineers Without Borders Waterloo Chapter Wpirg The equal participation of women, men, girls and boys in the development of their societies, and their equal access to the benefits of development–contributes to economic growth, poverty reduction, and sustainable development. Gender inequalities intensify poverty, perpetuating it from one generation to the next. Gender inequalities limit a country’s ability to govern effectively, to have sustainable growth, to reduce poverty, and to provide for peoples’ well being. (reference: Canadian International Development Agency) February 4-10, 2007 Equality between men and women. To have a voice. To have a choice.

2 Brought to you by: Engineers Without Borders focuses on and promotes human development through access to technology by: - partnering with developing communities to help build the capacity of their technical sector - raising awareness among Canadians about how their decisions can positively affect communities overseas - Encouraging the Canadian government to become a model global citizen by taking on a leadership role in poverty alleviation For more information on the University of Waterloo chapter, Vicki at And Events: Monday February 5 Movie and Storytelling Coffee House ES Courtyard 5pm: Movie “A Closer Walk” co-hosted with WPIRG 7pm: Open Mic Coffee House Come listen to and share stories of overseas travel, while drinking fair trade coffee. Please bring your own mug. Tuesday February 6 Melissa Lefas Presentation RCH 306 5:30pm Melissa is an EWB Long Term Overseas Volunteer, who will discuss gender inequality in her experiences in Ghana and Senegal Wednesday February 7 Discussions Without Borders SLC :30pm Come learn & discuss your opinions on the topic “Gender Equity vs Gender Equality” Thursday February 8 Tom Owen Talk ES Courtyard 5:30pm Tom was travelling around the Niger River this summer, gathering stories from those he met. He is now travelling across Canada, sharing those stories. All Week SLC 11am-2pm Visit the International Development Week booths from Monday-Friday Elsewhere in the City: Ontario Council for International Cooperation Presents: Ms. Chihota- Charamba, Author and Executive Director of Zimbabwe Women Writers In Africa, 75 percent of young people (15 to 24) living with HIV are young women Despite a marked increase in primary school enrolment rates, some 770 million people, two-thirds of them women, still cannot read or write. Two-thirds of the world’s poor are women 60 percent of children not attending school are girls Women produce most of the world’s food supply but own less than 10 percent of the land they work Less than 15 percent of the world’s legislators are women (reference: Canadian International Development Agency)


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