femifesto is a Toronto-based, feminist organization that works to shift rape culture to consent culture. We acknowledge that we engage in this work upon the unceded territory of the Mississaugas of the New Credit First Nation.
Our main project to date has been creating Use the Right Words: Media Reporting on Sexual Violence in Canada, a free guide for journalists when reporting on sexual violence. We also provide education, training and research on gender-based violence including building consent culture, addressing rape culture, and media reporting. If you are interested in having femifesto provide workshops, training, or other consulting services for your organization, you can contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
femifesto has facilitated the following workshops and conference presentations:
• Girl Guides of Canada, Consent, Healthy Relationships & Sexual Violence Session (2017)
• Ontario Universities Taking Action Against Sexual Violence Conference, Emerging Prevention Programming: Student-Led Coalitions and Initiatives (2016)
• Canadian Media Guild, Reporting on Sexual Violence Webinar (2016)
• Ontario Police College’s Sexual Violence & Harassment Action Plan Conference, Sexual Violence Language and Frameworks (2016)
• Canadian University Press National Conference, Use The Right Words When Reporting on Sexual Violence (2015)
• It’s Never Okay: A Summit to Stop Sexual Violence and Harassment, Reporting on Sexual Violence in Canada (2015)
• Ryerson University, Creating Consent Culture (2015)
• Ryerson University Student Union, Consent and Healthy Relationships (2015)
• Allied Media Conference, Creating Consent Culture in Reporting (2014)
Shannon Giannitsopoulou is an intersectional feminist and activist, specializing in public relations, communications and project management within an anti-oppression framework. Shannon is a co-founder of femifesto and contributing writer of Use the Right Words: Media Reporting on Sexual Violence in Canada.
Sasha Elford is a feminist writer and nonprofit professional working to end gender-based violence. She works as a volunteer coordinator and fundraiser in the violence against women sector, and holds a Master of Arts in Women and Gender Studies from the University of Toronto. Sasha is a co-founder of femifesto and contributing writer of Use the Right Words: Media Reporting on Sexual Violence in Canada.
Farrah Khan is a counsellor, educator and artist with 17 years of experience addressing gender-based violence. She is a community educator and is co-chair of the Provincial Roundtable on Violence Against Women. Farrah has co-created innovative community-centered initiatives including Heartbeats: the IZZAT Project, Use the Right Words: Media Reporting on Sexual Violence in Canada, and Outburst! Young Muslim Women Project. For her community work she has been presented with various awards including the Toronto Community Foundation’s Vital People Award.