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Conversation on COVID-19 and Women's Homelessness



MP Leah Gazan, Leilani Farha, Dr. Kaitlin Schwan, and Anjum Sultana come together for a conversation on COVID-19 and women’s homelessness in Canada.

MP Leah Gazan

Leah Gazan was elected as the Member of Parliament for Winnipeg Centre in October 2019. She is currently the NDP Critic for Children, Families, and Social Development, as well as the Deputy Critic for Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship. Gazan is a member of the Standing Committee on Human Resources, Skills and Social Development and the Status of Persons with Disabilities, and the Standing Joint Committee on the Library of Parliament. She recently introduced a private member’s bill, Bill C-232, The Climate Emergency Action Act, which recognizes the right to a healthy environment as a human right.

Leilani Farha (Global Director of The Shift)

Leilani Farha is the former UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Housing and Global Director of The Shift. Her work is animated by the principle that housing is a social good, not a commodity. Leilani has helped develop global human rights standards on the right to housing, including through her topical reports on homelessness, the financialization of housing, informal settlements, rights-based housing strategies, and the first UN Guidelines for the implementation of the right to housing.

Dr. Kaitlin Schwan (Co-Chair of the Canadian Womens National Housing and Homelessness Network)

Kaitlin teaches social policy at the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Social Work, where she is appointed Assistant Professor, Status Only. She is also a Senior Researcher at the Canadian Observatory on Homelessness (York University) and the Director of Research at The Shift. Since completing her PhD in Social Work at the University of Toronto, Kaitlin’s research has focused on homelessness prevention in Canada and beyond, particularly for women and youth. Across her work, Kaitlin uses research to build bridges between evidence, advocacy, policy, and lived expertise in order to advance housing justice for all.

Anjum Sultana (Director of Public Policy & Strategic Communications at YWCA Canada)

Recently named the 2020 Global Woman of Distinction by the United Nations NGO Committee on the Status of Women, Anjum Sultana is an internationally-recognized advocate for progressive public policies to create a more just and equitable society. Currently, Anjum serves as the Director of Public Policy & Strategic Communications at YWCA Canada. Anjum also sits on the boards of the Council of Agencies Serving South Asians (CASSA), Regent Park Community Health Centre and the Toronto Environmental Alliance. She holds a Masters in Public Health from the Dalla Lana School of Public Health at the University of Toronto.

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