Garifalia Milousis: Sault Ste. Marie

Garifalia Milousis: Sault Ste. Marie

Garifalia Milousis is a recent graduate from the Faculty of Feminist and Gender Studies at the University of Ottawa. She has been a passionate advocate of women’s rights from a young age, when she first became acutely aware of social inequalities and human rights abuses. Her activism first began in class, where she sought to educate her peers and raise awareness about women’s rights, particularly issues related to women’s reproductive health. Her work has come full circle, since she now acts as an outspoken advocate on campus and in class. Garifalia has researched and written about a wide variety of gender equality issues. These include: the power imbalances created by the intersection of racism and misogyny in sexually-explicit material; the sexist, racist, and orientalist undertones that inform egg harvestation; the intersection of misogyny, racialized stereotypes, and the feminization of poverty in the human trafficking industry; and, the problematic use of contraception, forced abortion, and forced sterilization to control the bodies of women of colour, Indigenous women, and women in the Global South. As a feminist, Garifalia has often drawn on intersectionality, disability studies, and critical race theory to analyze sub-issues within this overarching women’s rights category. In particular, Garifalia has researched reproductive coercion, sex-selective abortion, and prenatal genetic testing. Beyond these issues, Garifalia is an active participant and leader in local anti-human trafficking initiatives. She also volunteers as a Student Representative on the University of Ottawa’s Standing Committee on the Prevention of Sexual Violence.