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Launch of FIFA’s first-ever global strategy for women’s football

FIFA has launched its first-ever global strategy for women’s football which charts the course for how FIFA will work with confederations and Member Associations (MAs), clubs and players, the media, fans and other stakeholders to realise the full potential that exists within the women’s game.

FIFA strongly believes that women’s football brings one very important benefit to the many young girls and women involved in the game – empowerment. Encouraging empowerment through football, growing the game, getting more girls involved in it earlier and keeping women in football longer are all key elements of FIFA’s Women’s Football Strategy.

Speaking about the launch of FIFA’s global strategy for women’s football, Secretary General Fatma Samoura said: “As FIFA’s first female Secretary General I am proud to launch our first-ever global strategy for women’s football. The women’s game is a top priority for FIFA and via our new strategy we will work hand-in-hand with our 211 member associations around the world to increase grassroots participation, enhance the commercial value of the women’s game and strengthen the structures surrounding women’s football to ensure that everything we do is sustainable and has strong results. Most importantly it will make football more accessible to girls and women and encourage female empowerment, a subject of great importance, now more than ever before.” Continue reading “#DareToShine”

Present yourself with respect and dignity – Tonya Williams

Canada is celebrating the first-ever annual Gender Equality Week from September 23 – 29, 2018. At Namaste Newsline, we take pride in supporting women’s causes and empowering women. As part of our initiatives, we had an opportunity to speak with one of Toronto’s very successful woman entrepreneur, who has been making a huge impact in the society for over a decade.

Tonya Williams, Founder, Executive and Artistic Director of ‘ReelWorld Film Festival’, says that Gender Equality is something she grew up with, everyday of her life. She calls out to all women to take this week to reflect on what they have accomplished and not to think that they are disempowered. Especially, with regards to sexual harassment issues that came forth last year, Tonya says that how women present themselves confidently and professionally will contribute hugely towards their success.

A WIFT-T Crystal Award recipient, Tonya Williams has established herself as a force to be reckoned with. Always fearless, in 1979 she was one of the first black actresses to break into mainstream Canadian television. She is best known for her twenty year starring role as “Dr. Olivia Barber Winters” on the popular daytime drama The Young and The Restless which airs in over 60 countries and has garnered her two Emmy Nominations and numerous national and international awards, including two NAACP Image Awards and an ACTRA award of excellence.

With over forty years in the entertainment industry, she has worked in front and behind the cameras. Through her production company, Wilbo Entertainment, she has been both producer and director, and for five years Tonya sat on the Toronto Film Board where she worked tirelessly at creating more opportunities for emerging talent. Tonya Williams is a passionate, tenacious advocate for filmmakers of colour around the world. Continue reading “Present yourself with respect and dignity – Tonya Williams”

CJMR​ ​Radio​ ​Hosts​ ​Raise​ ​Over​ ​$150,000​ ​and​ ​70,000​ ​Pounds​ ​of​ ​Food​ ​For​ ​Seva​ ​Food​ ​Bank

Last week’s annual CJMR Guru Nanak Radiothon and Food Drive raised over $150,000 in pledges and 70,000 pounds of food for the Seva Food Bank. The effort was led by the producers of CJMR 1320 AM radio station to mark the 549th anniversary of Guru Nanak’s birth. “We really wanted to find a way to put Guru Nanak’s message of equality, social justice and service into practice” remarked radio host Kuldip Deepak. “The Seva Food Bank is doing just that with its commitment to seva, selfless service, and sarbat da bhalla, the well-being of all humanity.”

On Friday November 3rd, the hosts held their seventh annual thirteen hour commercial-free radiothon. Over 1000 callers dialed in to pledge their donations. The radiothon was followed by a food drive on Saturday November 4th, which involved the support of over 200 Seva volunteers, spanning across over 25 South Asian grocery stores and gurdwaras to collect food donations within the Peel region.

“This incredible week has made a direct positive impact on the lives of our client families” commented Seva Food Bank organizer, Sarabjot (Jyoti) Kaur Bedi. “The food and funds collected allow us to not only feed more people but also tackle the issues of food security, hunger and poverty at both our Wolfedale and Malton food bank locations.” Continue reading “CJMR​ ​Radio​ ​Hosts​ ​Raise​ ​Over​ ​$150,000​ ​and​ ​70,000​ ​Pounds​ ​of​ ​Food​ ​For​ ​Seva​ ​Food​ ​Bank”

Seva Food Bank Radiothon 2017

CJMR 1320AM Radio Producers Plan 7th Annual Radiothon and Food Drive To Fight Hunger

The Punjabi radio producers of CJMR 1320AM radio station have once again come together to fight hunger in our community by hosting another radiothon and food drive in support of Mississauga’s Seva Food Bank. The previous six radiothons and food drives have collectively raised over half a million dollars and 250,000 pounds of food for
Seva Food Bank.

The radiothon will take place all day on Friday, November 3rd. Supporters will be able to call into any of the Punjabi shows and make their pledge on the air. These shows include Rangla Punjab, Parvasi, Punjab Di Goonj, Geetan Naal Preetan, Yahoo Radio, Fulkari, Sargam, Ajj Di Awaaz and Mehfil. Over the weekend, listeners will also be able to make donations on the Dil Apna Punjabi, Saanjh Dilan Di, Apna Punjab Radio, Sadda Virsa and Road News Rangoli programs. The owners of CJMR are also contributing significantly to the efforts.

On Saturday, November 4th, a large food drive will be held at over 25 local gurdwaras and South
Asian grocery stores across the Peel region. “As we celebrate the 548th birthday of Guru Nanak, we really wanted to find a way to put Guru Nanak’s message of equality, social justice and service into practice” remarked radio host Kuldip Deepak. “The Seva Food Bank is doing just that with its commitment to seva, selfless service,
and sarbat da bhalla, the well-being of all humanity.”

“This incredible weekend will make a direct positive impact on the lives of our client families” commented Seva Food Bank organizer, Angie Rehal. Continue reading “Seva Food Bank Radiothon 2017”

Delta Hotels By Marriott GreenSTAY Celebrates 100,000 Trees Planted in Canada

Program marks the planting of 100,000 trees in Alberta and begins next phase of planting in Niagara Ontario

In only 32 months, Delta Hotels by Marriott, in partnership with WEARTH, has to date helped Delta hotel guests to plant more than 100,000 trees in conserved lands across Alberta, Canada through the hotels’ GreenSTAY™ program.

Delta Hotels by Marriott associates and Don Cleary, President of Marriott International Canada, planting trees during a GreenSTAY™ program planting event.

The GreenSTAY program, launched in February 2015, gives guests the option to plant one tree for each night they have opted out of housekeeping.  WEARTH plants the actual trees on behalf of every applicable GreenSTAY guest night, and guests, who can also plant a matching virtual tree online, must stay at least two nights to participate in the program.  By opting out of the housekeeping services, guests reduce the amount of chemicals, water and energy being used in the hotel daily. The indirect benefit is the simultaneous restoration of Canadian forests and land to their natural ecological state.

“Most of our hotel sustainability endeavors are focused on efforts to conserve within our hotels. The Delta Hotels GreenSTAY program provides the opportunity for guests to join us to help conserve natural resources in Canada’s forest lands, thus reaching beyond our hotels’ doors,” says Marriott Hotels of Canada President, Don Cleary. Continue reading “Delta Hotels By Marriott GreenSTAY Celebrates 100,000 Trees Planted in Canada”