Community based organization committed to healing justice.
At 18 years old, exhausted by all the things I was being told I should have done to protect myself from being sexually assaulted by a friend, I wrote a satirical list of tips on "How to Avoid Rape." The list parodied the "tips" given to me,
In our pursuit of a socially just world we believe social change emerges from a critical examination of the root causes of suffering and oppression. Paulo Friere’s work on transformative education largely influences PTG’s aim of building resiliency and encouraging critical consciousness around gender based violence, patriarchy and the impact of violence on marginalized bodies.
PTG is committed to the process of healing for survivors of gender based violence and having survivors voices central to the shift that needs to happen in society around patriarchy and violence against marginalized bodies
As a team of social workers, researchers, public relations and barristers with over two decades of frontline experience amongst our team, we see our expertise and experience as an asset to community organization who are working with diverse marginalized individuals and communities.
"It’s a comic book that begins with a love letter...A moving message that six young South Asian women in Toronto have written to their audience, their families and communities to explain why they have shared difficult stories of honour-based violence and resilience with the world.”
Noor Javed, The Toronto Star
"When a community's response to serial rape allegations is to publish a list of ways women can avoid being raped, there is gonna be outrage, because, duh. This infographic is cleverly disguised as sarcasm, but make no mistake: It stems from outrage about the systemic problem of blaming women for crimes perpetrated against them."
“When violence happens in our families, we need a different response…not stigma, shame or guilt, but support, understanding and a commitment to change things."
"We know that many of us, if not all of us, are survivors of violence, be it physical assault, colonization, racism, sexism, partition, or forced marriage. We believe that our communities can be sites of healing."
"Healing justice uses tools that have been around for generations in our communities to heal bodies, hearts, and minds without leaving a part ourselves or our communities behind."
"Heartbeats is a wonderful collection—for individuals familiar with South Asian communities or those hoping to learn more about some of the cultural expectations women from those communities may face. The stories allow women to share their experiences and how they address challenging family situations on their own terms and illustrate how women have their own inherent izzat and beauty deserving of community’s support, nurture, and compassion."