Nominated by: Ottawa Coalition to End Violence Against Women
Dillon Black, M.S.W. (they/them) is a gender-nonconforming feminist anti-violence & 2SLGBTQI+ rights advocate. They are also a Ph.D. Candidate in the Department of Criminology at the University of Ottawa working on (trans)gendered violence & human rights policy. For the past 8 years Dillon has been working with the Ottawa Coalition to End Violence Against Women (OCTEVAW) on improving institutional accountability in responses to gender-based violence to meet the needs of marginalized communities both locally and nationally. Currently, Dillon is coordinating a groundbreaking project to support communities across Canada to pilot Violence Against Women Advocate Case Review (also known as the Philadelphia Model) led by National Expert Sunny Marriner. Dillon has served the last two years on Minister on the Status of Women’s Advisory Council to Help Shape the Federal Strategy on Gender-Based Violence, and more recently Dillon was appointed by the Right Honorable Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to the international Gender Equality Advisory Council for Canada’s G7 Presidency. In 2018, Dillon was named as one of the Top 100 Most Influential People in Global Policy on Gender Equality.