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The next two years are an important “roadmap” for the international community fighting for gender equality ahead of a “landmark year” in 2020, says a United Nations Women director. Lopa Banerjee and executive director for UN Women Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka were the guests of honour last week, when Canada was home to the launch of a UN campaign dubbed #HearMeToo, 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence. It’s “a campaign and an aspiration for a future without violence, without discrimination and

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Launch of campaign against gender-based violence comes ahead of ‘landmark’ year, says UN official

By Samantha Wright Allen      

‘There are particular moments that come in our lives that give us the opportunity to be the best part of ourselves—and such a moment will soon be upon us,' says Lopa Banerjee.

Independent Senators Marilou McPhedran, left, Mary Coyle, second from right, and Wanda Thomas Bernard, right, pose with South African High Commissioner Sibongiseni Dlamini-Mntambo, centre left, and UN Women director of civil society division Lopa Banerjee, centre. The women all spoke during a Nov. 27 reception after the launch of a new UN campaign against gender-based violence. The Hill Times photograph by Sam Garcia
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