8 July 2018 - 9:00am to 11 July 2018 - 5:00pm

Montréal, Quebec

In Canada and elsewhere, different “circles” – academia, governmental agencies, nongovernmental organizations, and global organizations – engage in the fight against sexual violence. From 8 to 11 July 2018, 2017 Foundation fellow Claudia Mitchell proposes to create “circles within circles” by convening key players in the fight against sexual violence to a three-day think tank near Montréal, Quebec.

The event aims to place girls and young women at the centre of the dialogue: 25 to 30 girls and young women who already address sexual violence in their communities will join the conversation, representing First Nations and Inuit communities, war-affected migrant groups, and rural communities in South Africa and Sweden. Foundation members interested in participating are invited to contact Claudia at claudia.mitchell@mcgill.ca by 31 May 2018.

This event is the first of four arising out of Claudia Mitchell’s fellowship project at the Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation. Ultimately, Mitchell aims to help shift the transnational dialogue on sexual violence towards ground-up, participatory, women-centred, and youth-based approaches.

Claudia Mitchell is a 2017 Foundation fellow and a James McGill Professor in the Faculty of Education at McGill University, where she is the director of the McGill Institute for Human Development and Well-Being and the founder and director of the Participatory Cultures Lab. Read her invitation to the Foundation's community members here.

Claudia Mitchell

Under Professor Claudia Mitchell’s project, girls from seven countries around the world will meet and produce photography or smartphone videos about ideas and best practices to combat sexual violence.

2017 Fellows