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Farrah Khan picked up a microphone to speak out about sexual assault as a teen and has not put it down since. She has spent two decades raising awareness about the intersections of gender-based violence and equity through art creation, education, counselling and advocacy. Farrah is Co-Chair of the Provincial Roundtable on Violence Against Women, co-founder of innovative community projects including Use The Right Words: Media Reporting on Sexual Violence and host of the upcoming podcast Pleasure Principle. She regularly contributes to national media for her expertise in addressing gender based violence. Farrah is the recipient of the numerous awards including the Toronto Community Foundation’s Vital People Award.
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Accessible, compassionate and knowledgeable, Farrah Khan is an inspiring speaker to bring to post-secondary campuses, corporate events and conferences. She speaks across North America on gender based violence, leadership, consent, bystander intervention, self-care, trauma and disclosures.
Farrah's innovative ideas, accessible approach and infectious humour make her an sought-after speaker for diverse audiences. Through the use of media, personal and structural stories, Farrah creates presentations that are professional, interactive, educational and joyful. Pre-and post-event consultations are also available to help ensure that the unique needs of communities are met.
Farrah is represented exclusively by the National Speakers Bureau. Please contact Lynne Dubuc at LDubuc@nsb.com for 2018/2019 booking inquiries.
I am committed to creating resources that are accessible, collaboratively made and free for community use. Please use and share the following widely. If you have feedback or ideas for a resource contact me.
We Believe You: A Colouring Book for Survivors of Sexual Violence
Worked with artist Karen Campos Castillo as part of my job at Consent Comes First, Ryerson's Office of Sexual Violence Support and Education to create a 28-page colouring book for survivors of sexual assault. Includes 10 custom illustrations and reflection activities. Project team includes Tesni Ellis and Kirsty Pazek-Smith.
Download the colouring book here.
Use the Right Words: Media Reporting on Sexual Violence in Canada
Written in collaboration with Sasha Elford and Shannon Giannitsopoulou, with graphic designer Karen Campos Castillo. Use the Right Words: Media Reporting on Sexual Violence in Canada includes information on sexual violence, resources for journalists (e.g. Checklist when Reporting on Sexual Assault, and Tipsheet: 10 Essential Tips on Interviewing Survivors of Sexual Assault), infographics and statistics on sexual violence, all informed by survivors, journalists, anti gender-based violence advocates, lawyers and community members from across Canada.
Download Use the Right Words: Media Reporting on Sexual Violence here.
Caring for Yourself is a radical Act: Self care guide for youth Working in community
Commissioned by ArtReach Toronto to research, develop and write a self care guide with the support a community advisory team. The guide was designed by Karen Campos Castillo.
The guide has been used across North American in youth organizations, by funders and within post secondary Social Work programs.
Download Caring for Yourself is a Radical Act here
The Untold Stories Project
Conducted interviews across Ontario with LGBTQ newcomers and frontline workers about settlement needs and supports for Ontario Council of Agencies Serving Immigrants (OCASI).
Research from the project was created into a report entitled the Untold Stories Project which became the basis for the Positive Space toolkit by OCASI.
Download the Positive Space toolkit here.
#PressPaws On Cyberviolence
#PressPaws On Cyberviolence is a stop-motion video that provides self-care tips for those dealing with cyberviolence, and gives suggestions on how to make online spaces safer for everyone. I worked with grassroots collectives Project Slut and femifesto, and filmmaker Susan Tiihonen to create it for YWCA Canada's Project Shift. It was informed by an online survey that invited girls, young women, genderqueer and non-binary folks across Canada to share their thoughts on cyberviolence. #PressPaws uses an intersectional feminist lens to shift conversations about cyberviolence from victim blaming to strategies of resilience and creating change.
Heartbeats: The IZZAT Project
South Asian young women’s bodies and hearts are often the battleground of patriarchs, media and governments. Tired of our voices being left out of the dialogue about violence in our lives, eight South Asian young women in Toronto came together to challenge how “izzat” or “honour” has been used to rationalize violence against us.
Together we created a play, short films and a graphic novella illustrated by artist Somya Singh and Selena Wong. Our book and play entitled Heartbeats launched in December 2012 at the Art Gallery of Ontario as love letter to our communities. The book has sold over 8,000 copies and our team toured across North America launching the book in 10 cities. A award winning documentary about the IZZAT Project, Listen to Me, was created in 2015 by Lalita Krishna, InSync Media.
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With 20 years experience in the nonprofit sector at the volunteer, front-line, management and board level, I have worked and gained expertise in various sectors including but not limited to:
Gender Based Violence: Respect in Action, Metropolitan Action Committee on Violence Against Women and Children
Settlement: “Live Well” Newcomer Youth Mental Health Guides, Access Alliance, Multicultural Health and Community Services Justice
Youth: Girls Action Program, Thunder Bay Multicultural Centre
Education: Drop the Labels, Gender Based Violence Training Program for the Toronto District School Board.
Faith Communities: Muslim AIDS Project, Sherbourne Health Centre
LGBTT2SQQI: Untold Stories Project, Positive Spaces, Ontario Council of Agencies Serving Immigrants
Policy Development : South Asian Legal Clinic, Board of Directors, Policy Chair