Antiviolence educator and activist Lee Lakeman wins award inspired by Mahatma Gandhi
SFU has announced that one of Vancouver's pioneers in promoting greater safety for abused women has won the prestigious Thakore Visiting Scholar Award.
Lee Lakeman, a former staff member at Vancouver Rape Relief & Women's Shelter, will receive the prize at SFU's Harbour Centre campus on October 2, which is the birthday of Indian independence leader Mahatma Gandhi.
Lakeman has researched and written about violence against women, promoted the development of shelters, and offered training to more than 1,000 women over the past 40 years.
According to an SFU news release, she has been influential on the international front, promoting feminist activity in numerous countries, including Russia, India, and Ecuador.
As a representative of the Canadian Association of Sexual Assault Centres, she provided legal analysis that was used in court cases to advance the interests of abused women.
Lakeman will deliver the Gandhi Commemorative Lecture, entitled What Way Forward to End Male Violence Against Women?, on October 3 in Segal Rooms 1420/1430 at the Harbour Centre campus. (Registration is required.)
The man behind the award, Natverlal Thakore, was a Burnaby developer who considered Gandhi as his major inspiration in life.
Thakore suffered from Parkinson's disease and committed suicide in 1997 at the age of 78, with the assistance of Dr. Jack Kevorkian.
The Thakore Charitable Foundation, SFU's Institute for the Humanities, J.S. Woodsworth chair Eleanor J. Stebner, and the India Club of Vancouver bestowed the award on Lakeman.