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Author: Carly Friesen

Carly Friesen

Carly Friesen is a Toronto-based advocate for equality, artist, and writer. She approaches her advocacy with the understanding that all oppression is interconnected and addresses women's rights issues from an intersectional feminist perspective. 

Rethinking Leadership: Inclusive Leadership Qualities That Work

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In 2019, it’s finally time that we rethink leadership. To build a better society, we need innovative and inclusive leaders that are brave enough to break away from the traditional styles of leading we are all too accustomed to. With that in mind, here’s the first of a three-part series on women in leadership. In […]

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Black Women’s Identity in Canada: Parting the Roots of Black Hair with Simone Wright

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This post was originally published on www.carlyfriesen.com Simone Wright is a dancer, fashion inspiration, business woman, and activist bringing attention to Black histories, Black hair, and Black identity in Canada. In 2017, Simone created , a photo project that shared archival photos of Black hair along with photos of herself, her family, and her friends. […]

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How One Woman’s Vision Created a Feminist Art Community

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Ilene Sova is an artist, feminist, activist, and community builder. She is one of the many amazing women working to make Canada a safer and better place for women. She is also the founder of the or FAC. I recently spoke to Ilene about the Feminist Art Conference and why it was important for her […]

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Art as Activism: Engaging with Feminist Art to Spur Social Change

Often times activism is seen strictly as people in the streets protesting with signs and chanting. Although protesting is an important part of feminist activism, it’s far from the only way to engage meaningfully in creating social change.

One of my favourite ways to engage with the fight for gender equality is through my art and through my work with the Feminist Art Conference, a Toronto-based showcase for multi-disciplinary art that touches on themes of rape culture, transphobia, racism, violence, environmental degradation, Indigenous issues, Islamophobia, and more. The conference aims to provide a space for discussion and the exploration of these issues in order to initiate progressive change.”

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