|Farrah Khan picked up a microphone to speak out about sexual assault as a teenager and has not put it down since. She has spent the last seventeen years working diligently to raise awareness of gender-based violence through art creation, education, counselling and community development. Farrah is a nationally recognized public speaker and educator on violence against women including sexual violence, forced marriage and “honour” related violence. She holds a Master of Social Work from the University of Toronto and works at Ryerson University as the Sexual Violence Support and Education coordinator. She is co-chair of the Ontario Provincial Roundtable on Violence Against Women.Farrah has co-created innovative community-centered initiatives including Heartbeats: the IZZAT Project, Use the Right Words: Media Reporting on Sexual Violence in Canada and Outburst! Young Muslim Women Project. Farrah conducted trainings across North America on violence against women and developed a risk assessment/safety planning tool on “honor” related violence and forced marriage. Farrah is regularly sought out by national media including the CBC and the Globe and Mail for her expertise in addressing violence against women. An emerging leader in grassroots equity movements, Farrah has been presented with numerous awards, including the Toronto Vital People Award and the Canadian Council of Muslim Women.
Farrah is also an artist who uses prose, video and craft to explore the intersections of migration, faith and community. Deeply disturbed by the 2007 murder of teenager Aqsa Parvez, Farrah recognized that young Muslim women needed safer spaces to connect. She co-founded AQSAzine, a grassroots award-winning art collective created shortly after the murder of South Asian teenager Aqsa Parvez in 2007. The collective published four issues of an internationally-distributed magazine celebrating Muslim women and trans people’s writing and art.
Farrah’s short films have been exhibited at A Space Gallery, screened at the Art Gallery of Ontario, as well as at festivals in the Mix Festival New York and the BFI LGBTQ Festival UK. She is the editor of the “Heartbeats: The IZZAT Project” a graphic novella by South Asian young women about resiliency in the face of family violence. Farrah is currently working on a stop motion video short “Five Things”.
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