CHANGE-MAKERS: AN EVENING WITH TARANA BURKE

Saturday, February 16th

9pm at Isabel Bader Theatre

93 Charles St W, Toronto, ON M5S 2C7

Tarana Burke like you’ve never heard her before! An intimate conference where she will discuss her journey as an activist and women’s’ rights advocate. You will hear her views on sexual abuses and women’s issues today – following the earth-shaking #MeToo movement. Hear her powerful take on the documentary series Surviving R. Kelly, an insider’s perception as a woman who was part of that series. As well, you will hear her perspectives on women empowerment and her advice to young girls today. This is a privileged moment with the #MeToo founder – so far, the world’s biggest social movement against rape and sexual harassment. She will share the heartbreaking story behind the genesis of the viral awakening for women’s rights and give hope and strength to those who have been victims of sexual harassment. Moderated by Fabienne Colas, President and Founder of TBFF.

Tarana Burke is a civil rights activist who was the original founder of the “Me Too” movement, which she started in 2006. It later became a global phenomenon that raised awareness about sexual harassment, abuse, and assault in society in 2017.

Who Is Tarana Burke?

Tarana Burke was born September 12, 1973 in The Bronx, NY. She is an African-American civil rights activist. She’s most well-known as the founder of the “Me Too” movement in 2006 which has blossomed into a worldwide campaign to raise awareness about sexual harassment, abuse, and assault in society. In 2017 Burke and other influential female activists were named “the silence breakers” by Time magazine. She currently serves at the Girls for Gender Equity in Brooklyn as its senior director.

Just Be Inc.

In 1997, Burke met a young girl named Heaven in Alabama who told her about being sexually abused by her mother’s boyfriend. She says she didn’t know what to say, and never saw the girl again. She says she wished she had said “me too.” Burke has said she came to believe young girls needed “different attention” than their male peers. This and other incidents led Burke to found Just Be Inc., an organization that promotes the wellness of young female minorities aged 12–18. In 2006, she made a Myspace page. Just Be Inc. received its first grant in 2007. TICKETS

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