20 years ago, the Supreme Court of Canada ruled sexual orientation did not preclude individuals from legislative human rights protection. How has the social discourse around sexuality evolved since?
Reema Faris successfully defended her MA in Graduate Liberal Studies at Simon Fraser University (SFU) in 2015. She also holds a BA in History and Classical Studies from the University of British Columbia (1983) and an MBA from the University of Toronto (1990). Ms. Faris has worked as a Teaching Assistant in the Humanities, History, and English departments at SFU and is pursuing her studies as a PhD student with the Department of Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies (GSWS). Her research will focus on the intersection of popular culture and feminism. Specifically, she will be exploring whether popular culture distracts attention from the reality of women’s lives and in fact delays progress on important social policies such as pay equity, universally accessible childcare, and equal political representation. Before following her passion as an academic, Ms. Faris served as a one-term Trustee for the West Vancouver Board of Education and enjoyed a multi-decade career as a communications professional with a variety of public and private sector organizations. She is also a mother who is trying her best to guide a teenage artist through life as well as Grade 10. In addition to being a member of Vancouver Opera’s Board of Directors, she is an avid traveller, a chocolate enthusiast, and often dreams of Paris.
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