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December 6, 2018 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm EST

You are kindly invited to join us in Celebration of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence on 6th of December 2018 in Toronto.


16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence is an international campaign to challenge violence against women and girls. The campaign runs every year from 25 November, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, to 10 December, Human Rights Day.

In Canada, each year the December 6 is the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence against Women in Canada. Established in 1991 by the Parliament of Canada, this day marks the anniversary of the murders in 1989 of 14 young women at l’École Polytechnique de Montréal. They died because they were women.

Immigrant Women in Business ( IWB) is pleased to say that we wil follow the 2018 themes of UN and Canada.

#MyActionMatters- Canada’s theme

Orange The World:#HearMeToo- UN’s theme

Agenda: Social networking, Friendly chats, Interactive learning and engaging with IWB Prevention Network – dynamic group of activists & practitioners committed to preventing violence against women in Canada.


Our speakers are:

  1. Aziza Zareh, from Afghanistan
    Women Activist, Feminist and Gender Expert. MBA

I am Aziza, a women’s right activist, feminist, gender equality advocate, and a self-made leader. I have my master’s in business administration (MBA) and 17+ years of experience on women’ rights and gender-based issues in Afghanistan, I had the privilege to work with some the renowned humanitarian and development organizations such as UN, USAID, GIZ, AKDN and OXFAM. I had established a Non-governmental organization (NGO) in Afghanistan to support and empower women and girls in all aspect of life, a special focus on economic independency. https://www.linkedin.com/in/aziza-zareh-a3756562/

  1. Dr. Maureen, from Sri Lanka

Domestic Abuse Activist and Reproductive Justice freedom fighter. She is a Sri Lankan who immigrated to Canada 10 years ago where she faced Domestic Violence. Abuse was her life style until she decided to break it find her own freedom in Canada. Dr. Mau shares her own past and personal story to fight against and create awareness on domestic violence. She inspires all with her unique story of freedom and success. Her dream is to set the victim free and bring a smile into this world. She never gives up in pursuing her dreams and developing a safe environment.

  1. Darine BenAmara, from France
    Gender Equality Specialist and Women’s Advocate.

    Darine BenAmara is the Founder – CEO of The Smart Woman, a platform providing women entrepreneurs and professionals with the tools to network, communicate and negotiate effectively.Darine is an international speaker, writer and women’s advocate. She has significant international experience advancing women in leadership, leading global diversity and inclusion programs and advocating for women at work. Darine holds a Masters in International Relations and Applied Policy.

  2. Huria Kiran, from Pakistan
    Serial Entrepreneur and Mother with strong familyvalues and equal rights for women

    A simple and sweet house wife who strongly believed in family values and equal rights for women, landed in Canada from Punjab in 2008 ,who lived in huge joint family system of in laws where she faced opperession and abuse for 7 years.She went against her family traditions & got divorce in 2014 as a single mom of 2 young girls. Was on road without any money in her account.She Built herself without any family and financial support. Today she is the owner of her own tailoring business and running her own insurance brokerage. She conducted several community awareness events/business seminars and received several awards for her services. Been to several TV/Radio shows and been interviewed as a symbol of women empowerment. She is the Author of book “Price for Peace” & also writing for the book “She power” .She believes in Creating not Reacting .A self made woman who believes in herself and wants to live life of choice.The best is yet to come. https://www.waterfrontawards.ca/nominee/huria-kiran/

  3. Gila Yefet,from Israel
    Gila Yefet immigrated to Canada from Israel at the age of 12. She is an Advertising Sales Executive at Ethnic Channels Group and has been a host of her TV show on the Israeli channel for the past ten years.
    Gila is a pillar of our community; she is a Mediator, a legal support worker and a founder of “Women of Courage and Strength” – a support group for abused women. She is a motivational speaker and a life coach and is currently writing her first book. Her contribution spreads unto many different fields as she passionately dedicated
    her life to helping those in need.

– Ofcourse you all, please come forward , share your stories, share your thoughts and share your ACTIONS!

Wear something ORANGE.

With love,

Aziza and IWB team.


December 6, 2018
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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City Hall 100 Queen Street West Committee Room 4 Toronto,
Ontario M5H 2N2, Canada
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