Monday, March 5, 2012

WOMEN: 2012 Courage in Journalism Awards

The International Women's Media Foundation
2012 Courage in Journalism Awards and Lifetime Achievement Award

By seeking to know these courageous women in journalism, the International Women’s Media Foundation has launched once again its search for its 2012 Courage in Journalism Awards and Lifetime Achievement Award. Each year, the Courage in Journalism Awards honor three women journalists who have demonstrated extraordinary strength of character in pursuing their profession under difficult or dangerous circumstances, such as government oppression, threats to personal safety and other intimidating obstacles.

The Lifetime Achievement Award recognizes a woman journalist who has a pioneering spirit and whose determination has paved the way for future generations of women in the media.

Previous Courage in Journalism Award winners include Adela Navarro Bello, Zeta, Mexico; Tsering Woeser, blogger and writer, Tibet; Jill Carroll, The Christian Science Monitor, United States; May Chidiac, Lebanese Broadcasting Corporation, Lebanon; Anna Politkovskaya, Novaya Gazeta, Russia (d. 2006); Anja Niedringhaus, Associated Press, Germany and Shahla Sherkat, Zanan, Iran.

Previous Lifetime Achievement Award winners include Kate Adie, BBC News, Untied Kingdom; Molly Ivins, syndicated columnist, United States; Barbara Walters, ABC News, United States and Magdalena Ruiz, Radio Mitre, Argentina.

Nominations for the 2012 awards are closed now.

For further information about the awards and to learn how to nominate a journalist, visit the IWMF website at

Founded in 1990, the mission of the International Women’s Media Foundation is to strengthen the role of women in the news media worldwide. The IWMF network includes women and men in the media in more than 130 countries worldwide. For more information, visit

WOMEN'S DAY LUNCHEON Federation of Portuguese Canadian Business & Professionals

The federation is hosting its 5th ANNUAL INTERNATIONAL WOMEN'S DAY LUNCHEON in Toronto. International Women's Day is a global day celebrating the economic, political and social achievements of women past, present and future. In some countries like China, Russia,
Vietnam and Bulgaria, International Women's Day is a national holiday. The first International Women's Day event was held in 1911.

Join us for lunch and a whole lot of fun and networking
On Thursday, March 8, 2012 at 1:00 pm (Registration starts at 12:30 pm) at Via Norte Restaurant - 938 College Street, Toronto

Special Guest Speaker:

Ms. Cidalia Faria
Cidalia is an Assistant Crown Attorney in the Ministry of the Attorney General for the Toronto-Downtown Crown's Office currently conducting serious criminal prosecutions as well as managing case files. She has specialized experience in Domestic Violence and successfully participated in the Retroactive DNA Project for the Toronto Region. Prior to her experience in criminal work as both crown and defence, Cidalia also did constitutional research and litigation.

Cidalia has been extensively involved in community initiatives focusing on the promotion of civic participation, education, race relations, gender equality, the health sector, and in a number of Portuguese Canadian community organizations such as the Portuguese Canadian Lawyers Association (PCLA), the Federation of Portuguese Canadian Business Professionals (FPCBP), and the Portuguese Canadian National Congress (PCNC).

Cidalia earned her Honours Bachelor of Arts in English and Politics as well as her Law degree from Queen's University. She also obtained a Masters degree in Law from Osgoode Hall in Constitutional Law with an Equality specialty.