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Cuso International hosts Women: The Face of Potential in the Developing World public talk on May 23rd 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. at Ryerson University’s Oakham House.

Of the millions of people around the world living in extreme poverty, a disproportionate number of them are female. Cuso International sees a direct link between gender equality and social and economic justice. On Thursday, May 23rd, Cuso will host two female leaders from Africa as they speak about their efforts to shrink the gender gap and help women in their countries achieve more autonomy through economic and health initiatives.

 Kazanka Comfort, from Nigeria, is widely recognized for her creative use of communication technologies to bridge the information gap for women living in rural Nigeria. She focuses on empowering women to work their way out of poverty. She pioneered the Fantsuam Rural Computer literacy program in 2000 with 20 students and this initiative was awarded the first Hafkin Africa Prize. The Foundation’s integrated development model was the subject of a 2009/2010 research by the International Consulting Organization of the Harvard Kennedy School.

Tibebe Mako Bule, from Ethiopia, is a dynamic health professional devoted to community development. She founded the humanitarian organization Hiwot Integrated Development Association (HIDA) in 1999 with her own modest funds. HIDA supports highly vulnerable populations, most notably children and women living in difficult situations. As executive director of HIDA, Tibebe oversees a team of more than 70 professional staff and a significant operating budget of USD$ 1 million.

The association reaches more than 40,000 people annually, including highly vulnerable children and people living with HIV/AIDS. Both Kazanka and Tibebe are available for interviews and can speak on how the achievement of gender equality and women’s human rights reduces poverty and builds sustainable communities.

The event takes place on May 23 at Ryerson University’s Oakham House from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Since 1961, Cuso International has sent numerous volunteers to share their skills to help build a stronger world. Cuso International is a non-profit development organization. Each year, we send hundreds of global citizens to work on collaborative development projects in Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean. We are one of North America’s largest international development organizations that works through volunteers.

For more information or to RSVP to this event, please contact: 
Jessica Dubelaar, Cuso public engagement officer (Ontario)
Tel: 647.478.4089
Blackberry : 647.465.9258
E-mail: Jessica.dubelaar@cusointernational.org


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