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In Canada, a women is killed by her intimate partner every six days and Indigenous women are killed at six times the rate of non-Indigenous women. During COVID-19, Canada witnessed violence against women sky-rocket.
Ending Gender Based Violence (GBV) can put an end to all this.
The event will bring together 2 speakers to talk about GBV and reducing barriers for survivors of GBV to access services. The event will also shine a light on barriers specifically for Muslim women and how support can be more accessible and culturally appropriate.
Shahnaz Rahman, the Executive Director of Surrey Women's Centre will talk about how barriers can be reduced for survivors of gender based violence to access services. Shahnaz has over 30 years of combined experience as an educator, advocate, author, front line counselor, workshop facilitator, provincial coordinator of counseling programs for women and children and as a community liaison. In her current role as the Executive Director at the Surrey Women’s Centre, Shahnaz has worked extensively in advancing women’s equality rights in the family law domain. In her current role as the Executive Director at Surrey Women’s Centre, she collaborates with the Board of Directors and oversees the overall management of programs and services for women who have experienced domestic violence and sexual assault. Shahnaz’s wonderful mother continues to be her strength and hope for advancing women’s equality, safety and empowerment.
Halina Faqirzada is an Afghan-Canadian advocate against gender-based violence, a court victim support worker at Surrey Women’s Centre, who has worked with marginalized communities for almost 10 yrs. Co-founder of Muslim Care Centre -a community-led response to address food insecurity in Vancouver's Downtown Eastside with weekly food distributions, and a range of programs to support individuals with complex set of social issues including disproportionately high levels of drug use, homelessness, poverty, and mental illness. Halina leads monthly talking circles for Afghan women, called sister's safe space to empower women.
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