Tara Shivafard

Director of Programming

Tara Shivafard is a Master of Global Affairs student at the Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy at the University of Toronto. Tara holds an Honours Bachelor of Arts Political Science from Brock University. She has worked in multiple public and private sector roles and focuses on creating quantitative and qualitative research reports. Tara is Vice Chair of the Defence and Intelligence Working Group at Women of Colour Advancing Peace, Security, and Conflict Transformation, where she delivers programming on the intersection of women’s empowerment and the defence and intelligence field. Tara serves as a Young Feminist at the Canadian Council of Young Feminists, focusing on initiatives that uplift the fight for women’s rights in Iran. Tara is a proud activist against the Islamic Republic in Iran and has attended countless protests in solidarity with Iranian protestors rising against the current regime. Her research interests include women’s rights in the Middle East, specifically Iran and Afghanistan, gender apartheid, Canadian foreign policy and U.S. foreign policy on Iran, and feminist foreign policy.