Joan Simalchik, University of Toronto

Professor Women & Gender Studies Toronto, Ontario joan.simalchik@utoronto.ca Office: (905) 569-4491

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Bio/Research

Joan Simalchik's career has been devoted to education and activism against discrimination and in support of survivors of torture and other human rights violations. Her influence has crossed cultures, nurtured key institutions and touched thousands of people.

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Bio/Research

Joan Simalchik's career has been devoted to education and activism against discrimination and in support of survivors of torture and other human rights violations. Her influence has crossed cultures, nurtured key institutions and touched thousands of people.

Affiliated with the Department of Historical Studies, and Women and Gender Studies, University of Toronto Mississauga, she began teaching courses dealing with immigrant and refugee women at the University of Toronto St. George campus in 2000. She has gone on to teach courses on women and human rights, gender and migration and transnational perspectives on gender and cultural differences

Her work as a teacher and coordinator of the Women and Gender Studies program at U of T Mississauga is informed by her extensive experience as an advocate for those who have suffered human rights abuses. She was the founding executive director of the Canadian Centre for Victims of Torture (CCVT), an organization that helps survivors overcome the effects of torture and war. Based on this experience, she recognized the need for a Canadian organization devoted to working to help survivors recover and seek justice. In 2000 she became a founding board member of the Canadian Centre for International Justice (CCIJ) and continues to chair CCIJís Gender Working Group.

Professor Simalchik is credited for her commitment to involving survivors in the work of organizations dedicated to their aid. As a result, CCVT and CCIJ include people with personal experience of human rights violations as leaders, advisers, trainers, speakers, organizers and donors.

Joan Simalchik graduated from Temple University in 1975 with a bachelorís degree in history and earned her masterís and doctoral degrees at U of T, where her work focused on the relationship between Canadian churches and Chilean refugees and the democratization of Chile. She is the editor of the Canadian edition of Womenís Realities/Womenís Choices (Oxford University Press, in progress), a textbook for introductory courses in women and gender studies, and has delivered and published many papers dealing with human rights. In 2007 she received the CCVT Amina Malko Award for Service to Refugee Women. In 2012 she was the recipient of the University of Torontoís Ludwik and Estelle Jus Memorial Human Rights Prize.


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