- The Canadian Women’s Foundation
- Galleries Ontario / Ontario Galleries
- Teesri Duniya Theatre
- Visual Arts Centre
- West Coast LEAF
- YWCA Montreal
The Canadian Women's Foundation
The Canadian Women's Foundation is Canada’s public foundation for women and girls. Since 1991, the foundation has invested in more than 1,300 community programs across Canada and is now one of the ten largest women’s foundations in the world. Through community support, the foundation helps empower nearly 30,000 women and girls to move out of violence, out of poverty and into confidence. Under iMPACTS, the Canadian Women's Foundation contributes to research and practices around media-making and policy-making, ones that promote the sustained reduction of sexual violence and rape culture. Anuradha Dugal, Director of Violence Prevention Programs at the Canadian Women's Foundation, will be leading the partnership and engagement with iMPACTS.
Founded in 2004, Facebook's mission is to give people the power to share and make the world more open and connected. People use Facebook to stay connected with friends and family, to discover what’s going on in the world, and to share and express what matters to them. Under iMPACTS, Facebook has had the opportunity to engage with other interested organizations and partners on the issue of preventing sexual violence. The corporation has also contributed to iMPACTS by 1) giving opportunities for our researchers to engage with the platform on research projects, 2) supporting dissemination of information on the platform's community standards and online safety, and 3) keeping our project members up to date on new developments and opportunities to engage with innovation on the issue of sexual violence. Kevin Chan, the Director of Public Policy for Facebook Canada, leads Facebook's engagement with our project, and acted as the Chair of the Advisory Board for the first 3 years of the project.
Galleries Ontario / Ontario Galleries
Through advocacy, professional development, and network-building, Galleries Ontario / Ontario Galleries is a registered non-profit organization that works to advance and empower Ontario public art galleries. It does so by encouraging co-operation between member galleries and museums and assisting in the development of visual arts centres in the province of Ontario. Zainub Verjee, Executive Director, has lead the collaboration with iMPACTS and has served as a member of the iMPACTS Advisory Board.
Teesri Duniya Theatre
Teesri Duniya Theatre is dedicated to producing socially and politically relevant plays based on cultural experiences of communities living in Canada. Reflecting the multicultural-multiracial and aboriginal reality of Canada, its work aims to bring critical thinking on important issues, connect communities and generate an intercultural dialogue. The company is committed to multiethnic and diverse casting, and its activities include productions, play and playwright development, publications, and an Artists and Community project. Under iMPACTS, Teesri Duniya uses theatre to critique, analyze and understand deep-rooted sexualized norms in universities. In so doing, it hopes to encourage dialogue and help create safer spaces in universities. Storytelling, intercultural theatre, oral history and dissemination could be used as ways to highlight existing problems, heal survivors, restore dignity and generate a social dialogue about sexual violence in universities. Rahul Varma, Co-Founder and Artistic Director of Teesri Duniya Theatre, has lead engagement with our project.
Visual Arts Centre
With its School of Art – Canada’s largest bilingual independent art school – and the McClure Gallery – an exciting exhibition venue – the Visual Arts Centre offers a thriving community of artists, teachers, and students. The Visual Arts Centre has been part of Montreal’s artistic fabric for 65 years, with courses open to anyone with a desire to learn. The VAC teaches all levels, all ages, all year round. Its mandate is to offer excellence and accessibility in the presentation of visual arts, to provide a welcoming environment that encourages artistic development, and to nurture a sense of community among artists and society at large. Natasha Reid, the Executive Director of the Visual Arts Centre, has lead engagement with our project.
West Coast LEAF
West Coast LEAF is the first and only organization in British Columbia dedicated to promoting women’s equality through the law. West Coast LEAF has helped bring about some of the most important victories for women in Canada: safe access to reproductive rights; fair workplace standards; fair separation agreements; “no means no” in sexual assault; the right to be free of sexual harassment from landlords, and more. West Coast LEAF envisions a society in which women are full participants in all social, economic, and political activities. Kasari Govender, Executive Director of West Coast LEAF, has lead their collaboration with our project.
Founded in 1875, the YWCA Montreal is one of the oldest community organizations in the city. Its original mission was to "receive young women who come as strangers to the city, obtain for them board and employment, attend generally to their temporal and moral welfare." Throughout the years, the YWCA Montreal has continually evolved, adapting itself to the changing needs of women and girls and accompanying more than 300,000 of them on new paths to a better future. Their work is focused on 4 key areas of action: housing services, employability services, youth services, and community services. The YWCA's engagement with iMPACTS has been led by Ann Decter, Director of Advocacy and Public Policy at YWCA Canada.