Farrah Khan has spent two decades raising awareness about the intersections of gender-based violence and equity through education, policy, and advocacy. She is a member of the Government of Canada’s Advisory Council on the Strategy to Prevent and Address Gender-Based Violence, former co-chair of the Ontario Government Provincial Roundtable on Violence Against Women, board member of Girls Guides of Canada and currently the manager of Consent Comes First at Ryerson University. Farrah is also the founder of Possibility Seeds Consulting where she is currently co-leading the development of Courage to Act, the National Framework to Prevent and Address Gender-Based Violence At Post-Secondary Institutions.
In 2018 Farrah was appointed to the Gender Equality Advisory Council for the G7 Summit. At the Summit, Farrah addressed an audience of world leaders insisting that any discussion about a thriving, sustainable and peaceful world is not possible without taking concrete action on gender equity.
She works at Ryerson University as the Manager of Consent Comes First, Office of Sexual Violence Support and Education where she supports community members affected by sexual violence, creates educational programming and aids in shaping campus policy and procedures. There she has developed innovative educational tools including a bystander intervention program and a colouring and activity book for survivors and allies entitled, We Believe You. The colouring book has been used and adapted by sexual assault crisis centres, universities and governments including the government of Nova Scotia.
Farrah regularly contributes to national media including the CBC, New York Times and the Globe and Mail for her expertise in addressing gender-based violence. She holds a combined double major from York University in Women’s Studies and Environmental Studies and a Masters of Social Work from the University of Toronto.
Cultivating Brave Spaces
From campuses, to workplaces, to our homes, there is an unprecedented dialogue in North America about sexual violence. It’s time to explore how and what we have been taught about relationships, sex and justice. How do we flirt, handle rejection, or say yes to ourselves? What do we do when we have a crush, learn a friend has caused harm, or things get weird in a relationship and maybe feel unsafe?
Building Consent Culture in the Workplace
From movie sets to bars to the boardroom, there is an unprecedented conversation about sexual harassment in the workplace happening in North America. This interactive workshop is an opportunity to talk about sexual harassment and how the changes to the Occupational Health and Safety Act impact employees.
Deep Breath: Self Care in Challenging Times
Self-care is the act of prioritizing one’s physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual wellbeing. It’s perfectly normal to grapple with what it means to take care of yourself when your communities are continuing to face challenging systemic issues.
Travels from: Toronto, Canada
Fee: On request