We CAN Break Free: What it Takes to Challenge Gender-Based Violence

Gender-based violence, a public health crisis, has become even more exacerbated during the pandemic. The Canadian Femicide Observatory data shows that 173 women and girls were killed by violence in 2021, a 47% increase since 2019. And according to Women and Gender Equality Canada, at least 44% of heterosexual women, 67% of LGB+ women, 59% of transgender and gender diverse people have experienced some form of psychological, physical, or sexual violence at home, in public, or at work. Now more than ever, we need to come together to support survivors of gender-based violence. Yet, harmful myths and stereotypes about gender-based violence continue to persist, making it more difficult to address.

At this event, Professor Sarah Kaplan will moderate a panel discussion with Pam Hrick, Executive Director & General Counsel of Women’s Legan and Education Action Fund (LEAF), Paulette Senior, President & CEO of the Canadian Women’s Foundation, and Harmy Mendoza, Executive Director of Women’s Abuse Council of Toronto (WomanACT). In their conversation, they will debunk some of the biggest myths and explore what individuals, organizations, and the community can do to stop gender-based violence and support victims.

– What do survivors need? And how can you check in safely when you see the signal for help?
– Why is gender-based violence a workplace issue? And what are the role of companies?
– What is consent? How does the legal system fail to believe survivors and serve justice
– How do high-risk groups, such as immigrants, Black, Indigenous, and racialized women, experience gender-based violence differently?
– Why does the impact of gender-based violence last even after survivors leave abusive relationships?

Event Logistics:

This event is available to attend in-person or virtually via livestream.

Rotman Events is committed to accessibility for all people. If you have any access needs or if there are any ways we can support your full participation in this session, please email Mandi Gosling [events@rotman.utoronto.ca] no later than 2 weeks in advance of the event and we will be glad to work with you to make the appropriate arrangements.

General Admission: In-Person Ticket Details

The event will be hosted in Desautels Hall at the Rotman School of Management (105 St. George St., Toronto, ON M5S 3E6). Your registration includes a seat at the session and access to a video replay of the session for 30 days.

General Admission: Livestream Ticket Details

Rotman Events will email registrants a link to the livestream. Your registration includes access to the livestream and video replay for 30 days.

30-day Catch-up Viewing

Unable to attend the event due to scheduling conflicts? Not to worry. All registrants (in-person or livestream) can access the full recording on-demand for one month after the live event.

Questions: events@rotman.utoronto.ca, Mandi Gosling

Panel Speakers:

Pam Hrick, Executive Director & General Counsel, Women’s Legal Education and Action Fund (LEAF)

Harmy Mendoza, Executive Director, Woman Abuse Council of Toronto (WomanACT)

Paulette Senior, President & CEO, Canadian Women’s Foundation

Dr. Sarah Kaplan, Distinguished Professor and Director, Institute for Gender and the Economy (GATE), Rotman School of Management (Moderator)

Co-hosted by:

Canadian Women’s Foundation

Institute for Gender and the Economy (GATE)

Woman Abuse Council of Toronto (WomanACT) 

Women’s Legal and Education Action Fund (LEAF)


Déc 06 2022


Eastern Time (EST)
5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Plus d'Infos


Le Réseau Avenir égalitaire reconnaît que les peuples autochtones sont les gardiens traditionnels de l’Île de la Tortue, qu’on appelle également le Canada.

Veuillez consulter notre reconnaissance du territoire ici