Stopping Violence Against Women

A one-day conference at McMaster University on

Stopping Violence Against Women

To expose, to understand, to act

October 4, 2013, McMaster University
Council Chambers, Gilmour Hall 111

Conference organized by:

Dr. Maroussia Ahmed

Conference sponsored by:

The Faculty of Humanities, McMaster University
The Faculty of Social Sciences, McMaster University
The 21st Annual Gandhi Peace Festival 2013
The Graduate Program in Gender Studies and Feminist Research (GSFR)
The School of Social Work
PHRI (Population Health Research Institute)
The Office of Human Rights and Equity Services
OPIRG (Ontario Public Interest Research Group at McMaster)
The Centre for Peace Studies

Conference Report

The slide presentations used by the speakers (with a few exceptions) are included below:


  • Aruna Papp, (MA, ADR, Med, Community Development & Training. Consultant, Activist).   "Prevention of Honour Based Violence"
  • Dr. Mohit Bandhari, Professor and Orthopaedic trauma surgeon, Canada Research Chair in Musculoskeletal Trauma, “Reducing Abuse and Intimate Partner Violence”.
  • Todd Minerson (Executive Director of the White Ribbon Campaign). “Where in the World are the Men?  Engaging Men and Boys in Gender-Based Violence Prevention.
  • Sasha Hart (Legal Counsel for  the Equality Effect), "The 160 Girls": Human Rights of Women and Girls in Kenya and Internationally): Holding the State Accountable For Its Duty to Protect Girls From Sexual Violence: Lessons from the “160 Girls” Project.

Panel Discussion: moderated by Dr Amber Dean (Professor, English and Cultural Studies & Gender Studies and Feminist Research)  

  • Clare Freeman (Executive Director Interval House of Hamilton, Sex-Gender Based therapist/research on Violence Against Women)
  • Bonnie Freeman (Lecturer, McMaster School of Social Work, Haudenosaunee First Nation)
  • Stopping Violence Against Sex Workers - Kathleen Cherrington (Sexuality Studies student at York University, owner of an online social network for sex workers, and member of  the Board of Directors at Big Susies)
  • Dr. Mirna Carranza (Associate Professor, McMaster School of Social Work, Clinical Therapist)
  • Meaghan Ross (Project Coordinator- IT’S TIME to End Violence Against Women on Campus, with the SACHA- the Sexual Assault Centre Hamilton and Area - Facebook).