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Azeeza for Women hosts its first "Resilience" Gala in support of Daily Bread Food Bank!
 

Azeeza for Women is committed to highlighting social issues and their impact on women both locally and abroad.

 

This year, Azeeza for Women is pleased to launch our very first “Resilience” Gala on International Women’s Day where we have chosen Daily Bread Food Bank as our charity of choice and partner.

 

Why “Resilience”?

 

According to the UN Secretary-General, António Guterres:

"Achieving gender equality and empowering women and girls is the unfinished business of our time, and the greatest human rights challenge in our world."

 

Resilience by its very definition is “the capacity to recover quickly from difficulties; toughness.” It is often said that women continue to be resilient despite the challenges they continue to face in their lives. We also know that 1 in 8 households are food insecure in Canada.

According to Statistics Canada’s “Household food insecurity, 2011-2012”, there is a higher likelihood for women to live in households that are food insecure. There are many factors that may cause women to be food insecure, for example: women can be unemployed or underemployed, they may be single mothers with limited resources and/or have had to make a fresh start after having left an abusive relationship.

 

The Gala is meant to highlight the challenges faced by women as well as their resilience in overcoming these barriers for themselves and their families. Our keynote speaker for the evening will be none other than Miss Jully Black. Miss Jully will share her story of struggle and triumph, from growing up in a large family where she was raised by her single mother in the Jane and Finch neighbourhood in Toronto, to now becoming one of the “25 Greatest Canadian Singers Ever” (CBC Music). Alongside Miss Jully we will highlight other women that are aiming to challenge the status quo and are using their voices and their talents to promote and advocate for gender equality.

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