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Simces & Rabkin Family Dialogue on Human Rights: From Hate to Hope in a Digital Age

September 12, 2019

Human rights. Rule of law. Social Media.

Statistics Canada released data in 2017 spotlighting a disturbing 47 per cent increase in hate crime in Canada from the previous year. Online hate speech is on the rise with much evidence showing that groups targeted online are also targeted in-person. In a digital age that allows anyone with a device and an internet connection to become an amateur public broadcaster, online posts and comments are becoming increasingly provocative and polarizing.

Please join the SFU Morris J. Wosk Centre for Dialogue and honoured guest Kasari Govender for our inaugural Simces & Rabkin Family Dialogue on Human Rights: From Hate to Hope in a Digital Age.

Thursday, September 12, 2019
5:30pm-7:00pm with reception to follow
Morris J. Wosk Centre for Dialogue, Jack P. Blaney Asia Pacific Hall

This event is free but registration is required. RSVP here:

Other human rights and social media leaders will be participating in this conversation including:

  • Dr. Clint Curle, Senior Advisor to the President, Canadian Museum for Human Rights
  • Rabbi Dr. Laura Duhan Kaplan, Director of Inter-Religious Studies at Vancouver School of Theology
  • A representative from the Canadian Anti-Hate Network

About the Speaker

Kasari Govender
Incoming Human Rights Commissioner of British Columbia
Currently Executive Director of West Coast Leaf

Ms. Govender has appeared before every level of court in BC, as well as the Supreme Court of Canada, on numerous key equality cases. She earned her Master’s Degree in International Human Rights Law from the University of Oxford. She was an Adjunct Professor of Law at the University of British Columbia and was the founding President of Rise Women’s Legal Centre as well as a member of the Board of Governors for the University of Victoria. She speaks regularly on access to justice, gender equality, and legal responses to gender-based violence.

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