Fifty years of research and innovation at SFU: feminist research for change

December 11, 2015

On December 6, 1989, 14 women were murdered in an act of gender-based violence at l’École Polytechnique in Montreal.

These events prompted the federal government to establish five research centres for the collaborative study of violence against women, funded by Health Canada and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council.

One of these centres was the FREDA Centre (Feminist Research, Education, Development and Action), established in 1992. The centre undertakes and promotes action-based research on the violence Canadian women and children continue to experience. 

The research is carried out in concert with grassroots community organizations, frontline service providers and policy makers and is aimed at empowering these groups to take transformative action.