Shaking Up Shakespeare Interviewee
Ziyana Kotadia is a Calgarian feminist advocate, writer, and gender specialist committed to dismantling patriarchy and creating a more equitable world for gender-marginalized people. She is a graduate student in Multi-Disciplinary Gender Studies at the University of Cambridge and holds a Bachelor of Arts Honours Specialization in Global Gender Studies from Western University. Passionate about academia, art, and activism, Ziyana has served in several leadership roles, including as the inaugural Chair of the grassroots not-for-profit Safe Campus Coalition, and co-authored the “Our Campus, Our Safety” violence-prevention national action plan representing 1.2 million students across Canada. Ziyana has given interviews about her work in gender justice to various national media outlets, engaged with Canadian thought leaders such as Sophie Grégoire Trudeau to advance gender equity work, and is currently representing Canadian youth at the upcoming United Nations 68th session of the Commission on the Status of Women. She has published a variety of works on gender justice including op-eds, academic articles, book chapters, and poems.