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Future Feminism, a town hall meeting

A panel of game-changers take to the stage to offer their views on feminism today.

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Always dynamic, often explosive, a town hall meeting is a public forum for the rigorous exchange of ideas. We expect this meeting to be no exception when a panel of game-changers  take to the stage to offer their views on feminism today. 
Whether advocating as an artist, student, filmmaker, or youth network leader, each panelists brings an outspoken and determined voice to the table, backed up by action and achievements. They were selected by an equally inspiring committee of entrepreneurs, policy makers, and executive leaders between the ages of 16 to 27, invited by Luminato to suggest exemplary people whose contribution to the status of women they deeply admire. 
Building on the historic achievements of the suffragettes the second wave feminists burst forth vociferously in the 1970s making significant gains in the fight for equality.  Now, with intersectionality as its driving concern, the third wave, and more recently a fourth, defined by their use of technology and the hashtag call to arms, is themselves taking on the existing power structures.  Today it’s the Millenials’ turn to figure out how to deal with and break down the systems and structures they’ve inherited, and finally transform society for good.

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Luminato would like to acknowledge and thank the NO GOING BACK town hall committee: Nicole Cajucom, Tessa Hill, Janelle Hinds, Erin Kang, Chemi Lhamo, Ellie Moon, Yasmin Rajabi, Nerupa Somasale, Sukhbir Thind, and Nara Wrigglesworth.


Future Feminism, a town hall meeting

A panel of game-changers take to the stage to offer their views on feminism today.

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 - Vivek Shraya
Vivek Shraya
Vivek Shraya
Vivek Shraya is a Toronto-based artist whose body of work includes several albums, films, and books. Her first book of poetry, even this page is white, won a 2017 Publisher Triangle Award and was longlisted for CBC’s Canada Reads. Her debut novel, She of the Mountains, was named one of The Globe and Mail’s Best Books, and her first children’s picture book, The Boy & the Bindi, was featured on the National Post Bestseller List. Vivek has read and performed internationally at shows, festivals and post-secondary institutions, including sharing the stage with Tegan & Sara. She is one half of the music duo Too Attached and the founder of the publishing imprint VS. Books. A four-time Lambda Literary Award finalist, Vivek was a 2016 Pride Toronto Grand Marshal, and has received honours from Toronto Arts Foundation and The Writers’ Trust of Canada.
 - Arezoo Najibzadeh
Arezoo Najibzadeh
Arezoo Najibzadeh
Arezoo Najibzadeh is a Toronto-based advocate for women’s political empowerment. Her work takes an intersectional approach to understanding the role of young women and girls in grassroots and institutional politics, as well as the relationship between sexual violence, public safety, and women’s civic engagement. She has an intimate understanding of the diverse barriers young women, especially those from marginalized backgrounds, must overcome to meaningfully engage with and affect powerful political institutions. She is also one of the leaders of the Young Women’s Leadership Network in Toronto and a Public Administration and Governance student at Ryerson University.
 - Krysta Williams
Krysta Williams
Krysta Williams
Krysta Williams is the Advocacy & Outreach Coordinator for the Native Youth Sexual Health Network. Krysta is of the Delaware Nation from Moravian of the Thames First Nation. She is a traditional singer and hand drummer, connecting these teachings to reproductive justice and Indigenous Feminisms. She currently volunteers with the National Pregnancy Options Infoline, a free 24/7 link to sexual and reproductive health information and services. Krysta received an undergraduate degree from the University of Waterloo but is more interested in community and land-based forms of education and learning. She was one of the lead organizers of the Toronto iteration of Walking With Our Sisters, a commemorative art installation for the missing and murdered Indigenous women of Canada and the United States.
 - Tessa Hill
Tessa Hill
Tessa Hill
Tessa Hill is a 17 year old filmmaker and activist based in Toronto. As a part of a middle school media studies project in 2015, at the age of 13, she started the We Give Consent campaign along with her best friend Lia. Their campaign was based around social media and a change.org petition pushing the Ontario government to include the topic of consent in the health curriculum, which gathered over 40,000 signatures and led to a meeting with Premier Kathleen Wynne. Along with the successful campaign, they created a short documentary about rape culture, entitled "Allegedly", which premiered at an event at the TIFF Bell Lightbox and online on the Huffington Post. Since then, Tessa has spoken out about the importance of sex, combating rape culture, and the vitality of youth voice in social justice spaces. She has spoken at York U, Girl Guides Canada, a UN Women event, to the Federal Committee on the Status of Women, and more. In 2016, she and Lia received the YWCA Toronto Women of Distinction award for their work with We Give Consent. Tessa's writing has been featured in the Globe and Mail, and her films have earned a Scholastic Awards silver medal. She currently attends Etobicoke School of the Arts.
Moderated by: - Celina Caesar-Chavannes
Moderated by: Celina Caesar-Chavannes
Moderated by:
Celina Caesar-Chavannes
Celina Caesar-Chavannes is the Member of Parliament for Whitby. She served as Parliamentary Secretary to the Prime Minister from December 2015 to January 2017 and is currently the Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of International Development et la Francophonie.

Mrs. Caesar-Chavannes was a successful entrepreneur from 2005 to 2015, owning a successful research management consulting firm focused on neurological research. She was the recipient of both the Toronto Board of Trade’s Business Entrepreneur of the Year for 2012 and the 2007 Black Business and Professional Association’s Harry Jerome Young Entrepreneur Award. Mrs. Caesar-Chavannes was a well-known research consultant and who worked with a variety of private, government and non-government organizations. Her work required her to build and manage effective collaboration across a wide range of interests and perspectives, and has many years of experience managing complex projects involving industry, federal agencies, health care professionals, researchers and patient advocacy groups.

An international lecturer on the inclusion of marginalized populations in clinical research, Ms. Caesar-Chavannes has a Bachelor of Science from the University of Toronto, an MBA in Healthcare Management, and an Executive MBA from the Rotman School of Management. She is a past member of the Governing Council of the University of Toronto. She also served as member of the Institutional Advisory Board of the Institute of Neurosciences, Mental Health and Addiction, part of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research. She is also a member of the Congress of Black Women.

During her short term as a politician thus far, she has advocated for people suffering with mental illness and was awarded the Canadian Alliance on Mental Illness and Mental Health Champions of Mental Health Parliamentarian Award in May 2017. She was also named one of the Most Influential People of African Descent, Global 100 Under 40, Politics & Governance in 2017.

Ms. Caesar-Chavannes has deep roots in Whitby, where she lives with her husband and three children.
Land Acknowledgement and Welcome  - Mahlikah Awe:ri Enml'ga't Saqama'sgw
Land Acknowledgement and Welcome Mahlikah Awe:ri Enml'ga't Saqama'sgw
Land Acknowledgement and Welcome
Mahlikah Awe:ri Enml'ga't Saqama'sgw
Mahlikah Awe:ri Enml'ga't Saqama'sgw (The Woman Who Walks In The Light) drum talk poetic rapologist; is a Haudenosaunee Mohawk/Mi'kmaw: poet, musician, hip-hop emcee and recording artist, arts educator, social change workshop facilitator, performance artist, keynote speaker, artist mentor, radio host, festival curator, Director of Programming for Neighbourhood Impact for the Toronto Centre for Community Development & Learning in Regent Park, and founding member of Red Slam, an Indigenous HipHop movement.  Awe:ri is a KM Hunter OAC Literary Arts Award finalist, 2017 TD Diversity Arts Award Finalist, published in 7 literary anthologies.  As a Toronto Arts Council Leadership Fellow and one of the New Faces of Feminism as named by the Canadian Labour Congress, Awe:ri utilizes such platforms to lead the charge of art for social change movements across Turtle Island, with a focus on access & equity for BIPOC & LGBTQ2S emerging artists.