Farah N. Mawani, MSc, PhD Candidate
Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto
Centre for Social Innovation Agent of Change: City Builder
and Founder, Farahway Global
Farah N. Mawani is a Centre for Social Innovation Agent of Change: City Builder, and PhD Candidate in Public Health Sciences at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto. She has global research, writing, and teaching experience in inequalities in global mental health, social and cultural determinants of mental health, immigrant and refugee mental health, and community-based research. She has national experience in roles ranging from Senior Policy and Research Analyst, Mental Health Strategy, Mental Health Commission of Canada to National Coordinator for numerous national health research projects.
Farah founded Farahway Global, to move people to action at the nexus of human rights and mental health. It builds on Farah’s experience directing the social media and public engagement components of Free the Hikers, which played a large role in freeing Josh Fattal, Shane Bauer and Sarah Shourd, held hostage in Iran for 2 years and 2 months.
Building global support within the incredibly complex and sensitive sociopolitical context of the Free the Hikers campaign was challenging on multiple levels. Farah applied her experience in leadership, community engagement and global social justice to carefully navigate the sensitive relationships. As a result, the campaign was successful at engaging and garnering the support of people around the world, including high-profile public figures and diverse members of the general public of all ages, through a sophisticated integration of website, media, social media, public statements and public events.
Farah’s expertise integrating social media and public engagement on a global scale is sought by organizations, businesses, political and advocacy campaigns, and leading publications in multiple sectors.
To learn more about Farah’s personal experience through the Free the Hikers campaign, that inspired the creation of Farahway Global, see her personal blog.
We build teams of leaders with relevant expertise on a project by project basis.
Building Roads Together involves partnerships/collaborations with: Houselink, Regent Park Community Health Centre, TD Centre of Learning, and 416 Community Support for Women. Walk the Talk, the program’s walking advisory group, brings together staff from partner organizations, and other organizations building the program together.
Farahway Global has just been selected as a Centre for Social Innovation Agent of Change: City Builder to evaluate, enhance, and expand the program, in partnership with the Canadian Centre on Disability Studies. We are also partnering with researchers at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto, and the School of Public Health, University of Montreal, to enhance the program’s research component.
Our Freedom Fighting teams are tailored to each campaign.