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Girls Action Presents: Activate Change

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Join Girls Action for “Activate Change,” a virtual gathering of girls* programmers and youth leaders.

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An inspiring group of young womxn leaders from the greater Toronto area will lead discussions and workshops around youth-led social change and activism in the context of COVID-19. How can we continue to advocate for ourselves and our communities in the face of a global pandemic while also protecting our health and safety? How can we seize this moment to redefine what leadership is? Explore these questions and more during Activate Change, you’ll learn new skills and tools that we can use to collectively rebuild and reimagine a better future for ourselves, our communities, and for all.

Note: In light of concerns around the safety and security of Zoom conference lines, you must register to receive the link and password to join each workshop. If you need help registering, please email and we will be happy to fill out the registration form for you.


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  • Wednesday May 27th, 3:00-4:30pm EDT

How to Get your Voice Heard in Politics with Serisha Iyar, Founder and Executive Director of Leading in Colour

Learn tips for how to mobilize your community during the COVID-19 pandemic and develop skills targeted towards getting your voice heard in politics at the federal, provincial and municipal levels.

  • Thursday, May 28th, 4:00-5:30pm EDT

Redefining Leadership with Arezoo Najibzadeh, Co-founder and Executive Director of Young Women’s Leadership Network

This workshop will explore and challenge our understandings of leadership for the purpose of creating ecosystems that cultivate feminist and anti-oppressive leadership in young women, girls, and gender queer youth.

Leadership is often defined in hierarchical, masculine, and oppressive terms that do not reflect the diverse ways in which marginalized young women, girls, and gender queer youth lead and inspire change within their communities and civic institutions. It is only through understanding our biases in leadership development and community building that we can offer collective & inclusive visions for leadership.

  • Friday, May 29th 3-4:30 EDT

The Power of Personal Narratives with Jessica Ketwaroo-Green, Project Coordinator at Woman Abuse Council of Toronto

Stories are powerful tools humans use to drive thought and motivate behaviour; so why not use your story to drive impact and support your community? This workshop will teach you how to craft a compelling personal narrative to engage groups of people to become advocates of your social campaigns. Participants will also learn how to create spaces of healing within communities through the power of their “story”.

  • Friday, May 29th 5-6:00 EDT on Instagram Live . Note: you do not need to reserve tickets for this event. Join the conversation on Instagram at @girlsaction_fillesdaction

Visions from 2025: A New Virtual Storytelling Hub with Rachel Wang of Evoke Creatives and Jenn Addison of Girls Action Foundation

Join Jenn Addison from Girls Action Foundation and Rachel Wang from Evoke Creatives for the launch of a new virtual storytelling hub: Visions from 2025. Our goal is to create a space where girls and young womxn across Canada come together to imagine and build a more just, inclusive, and feminist future through creative expression - from letter writing to creating zines to visual arts and media. During this session, Jenn and Rachel will talk about the theme - Environmental Justice - for the first call for submissions, review guidelines, and share details around an opportunity for two creators to each receive a micro-grant. #Visions2025. This event will take place on Instagram live @girlsaction_fillesdaction, no tickets are needed to join.

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