Student Life Events at St. George
Challenging gender based violence in faith communities
Mar 11, 2020 05:00 PM
to 08:00 PM
Multi-Faith Centre - Main Activity Hall, 569 Spadina Ave
Registration Deadline: Mar 11, 2020 12:00 AM
How does patriarchy, religion and spirituality intersect and impact faith communities? This event occurs annually in March in commemoration of International Women's Day. This year we are focusing on violence, gender and examining the response within faith based communities. Joining our panel of speakers are
Dr. Guila Benchimol
Senior Advisor to the Safety, Respect, Equity Coalition and Research Associate at the Center for the Study of Social and Legal Responses to Violence.
Manvinder Gill, Researcher, Coordinator with Laadliyan Celebrating & Empowering Daughters
Manvinder Gill holds a bachelor's of science in biology and a bachelor's of art in religion & culture from the University of Winnipeg. Currently, she is a Masters student in Religious Studies at McMaster University where her thesis interrogates the ways second-generation Sikh-Canadians interact with alcohol. She spent this past summer at Delhi University working with Dr. Radhika Chopra on a project titled "Perceptions of Alcohol in Colonial India, Masculinity, and Sikhism." Outside of the academy, Manvinder works with Laadliyan, a non-profit organization providing support and resources to South Asian females in the community, and recently organized her own series of workshops titled "Broken Punjabi," where she engaged the Punjabi community in conversations around alcohol and a curated meal. This summer she will be at the University of Victoria as their Visiting Research Fellow at the Centre for Studies in Religion and Society.
Sidrah Ahmad-Chan, PhD student, Adult education and community development specialist
Sidrah Ahmad-Chan is a Toronto-based writer, researcher and community-based educator. She a founding member of the Rivers of Hope Collective, which is a grassroots organization dedicated to challenging Islamophobia using education and the arts. Her Master's research on Islamophobic violence against Muslim women was the first study of its kind in Canada. Sidrah is currently pursuing her PhD at the University of Toronto, where she is studying gendered violence in Muslim communities and the impact of Islamophobia on access to services. She has written on topics related to gendered violence and Islamophobia for the Journal of Gender-Based Violence, the Toronto Star, This Magazine, and other platforms.