There have been 15 women and their families who have been murdered in Ontario since January 2018. I co-wrote a op-ed with Pamela Cross from Luke’s Place and Marlene Ham from OAITH about the need to take action on this crisis of men’s violence against women now. You can read it in the Toronto Star here.
Holly Hamilton, 29, Hamilton; Baljit Thandi, 32, Brampton; Avtar Kaur, 60, Brampton; Elaine Bellevue, 61, Mississauga; Jan Singh, 70, Oakville; Barbara Kovic, 76, Etobicoke; Raya Turunen, 88, Ryerson Township; Ulla Theoret, 55, Ryerson Township; Paul Theoret, 28, Ryerson Township; Safaa Marina, 53, Nepean; Brenda Richardson, 77, Kenora; Alicia Lewandowski, 25, Mississauga; Krassimira Pejcinovski, 39, Ajax; Roy Pejcinovski, 15, Ajax; Venallia Pejcinovski, 13, Ajax.
Honoured to share that I have been invited to to be part of the the Gender Equality Advisory Council for Canada’s G7 Presidency as co-chair of the Gender Equality and Women's Empowerment theme.
The Council is mandated to promote a transformative G7 agenda and support Leaders and ministers in ensuring that gender equality and gender-based analysis are integrated across all themes, activities and outcomes of Canada’s G7 Presidency.
The Council carry out its mandate by advising the G7 Presidency and recommending concrete actions for the G7 to advance gender equality and women’s empowerment across all areas of the G7’s work. The Council’s recommendations will be reviewed by the G7 Presidency and G7 consensus will be sought to implement the recommendations and proposed actions.
For the second year the Consent Comes First Office works with artist Karen Campos Castillo to create valentine that reclaimed to celebrate our relationship with ourselves, our communities, our friends and our movements. It’s a day that too often is dominated by heterosexual love stories, leaving out many people including myself. Here are a couple of my favorites.
Dissent in the Streets, Consent in the Streets - was inspired by a sign I saw at the Women's March in Toronto. Justice
This past year there was so much conversation about sexual violence as if it was the first time a movement had been born. I asked Karen to create a Valentine that celebrated people who have done the work since forever like Anita Hill as well as Tarana Burke along with Terry Crews who is new to the convesation but whose voice is vital.
On Valentines we often celebrate new loves, new relationships. We want to make sure that we remember than being trans is not a new idea and that there is no “too old” or “too young” to be trans or to transition.
Got to be part of a conversation with on CBC's Out in the Open about #MeToo and online feminist organizing. I talked about how feminist helped me give shape to feelings of disempowerment and a hope for change at a young age.
"When I heard about feminism as a kid it was an opening, it was this idea that something else could exist. That justice could exist. And so, at the age of 12… I came out as a feminist. And I remember talking about it and it was something that helped me feel safe in my body and know that there were women fighting for my rights."
You can listen to it here