Gender Matters: A Virtual Discussion on Violence against Women

Gender Matters: A Virtual Discussion on Violence against Women

As part of the Young Women’s National Leadership Summit, the YWCA and the National Film Board of Canada (NFB) invited participants aged 17+ from across North America to take part in a conversation with three outstanding role models and leaders in the fight for women’s rights. Focussing on the subject of gender-based violence, the panellists discussed the issues that women are facing today, and how we can work together to create a fairer and safer society for all.


Kim Katrin Crosby, Farrah Khan, Jessica Bolduc and Moderator Ann Decter.


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The National Film Board of Canada (NFB) and YWCA Canada hosted a one-hour Virtual Classroom on the topic of ending violence against women. The focus of the discussion was on finding ways to work together, across gender and cultural lines, to foster change and create a safer and more compassionate society.

Open to participants in North America, this interactive dialogue was geared towards post-secondary students, educators and social service workers, seeking to inspire them to take a leadership role in creating change in their communities. Panellists included activists and community leaders with diverse backgrounds and experiences. The discussion was moderated by Ann Decter, Director of Advocacy and Public Policy for YWCA Canada, and drew on Status Quo? The Unfinished Business of Feminism in Canada, a compelling NFB documentary that looks at the successes and ongoing challenges of the women’s movement.


Kim Katrin Crosby
Kim is an award-winning multidisciplinary artist, activist, speaker and educator, and the co-founder and executive director of the People Project, a movement of queer and trans people of colour and their allies.

Farrah Khan
Farrah is a public speaker and educator on violence against women who focuses on forced marriage and “honour”-related violence. She holds a Master of Social Work degree from the University of Toronto and supports women as a counsellor and advocate at the Barbra Schlifer Clinic.

Jessica Bolduc
Jessica is the National Youth Representative for the Congress of Aboriginal Peoples and the Executive Director of the 4Rs Youth Movement. She holds an honours BA in Economics and works in community economic development in Northern Ontario.

To prepare for the virtual classroom

To prepare for this virtual classroom experience, visit and watch Status Quo? The Unfinished Business of Feminism in Canada. This compelling film documents the history of the women’s movement and asks whether progress has been made in the major issues affecting women over the past few decades, including gender-based violence, universal childcare and family-planning access.

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