Aruna Papp

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Immigration, Asian Heritage, Human Rights & Social Justice, Identity & Heritage, Adjusting to Life in Canada


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Aruna Papp is a nationally and internationally recognized educator and advocate of human rights in particular her interest is in women’s rights in cross-cultural perspectives. Aruna has written extensively on the issue of immigrant women in Canada and culturally rooted gender based violence. Aruna is a published author and in demand as a keynote speaker. Aruna has written extensively on the issues facing immigrant women in Canada.

For the past 30 years, Aruna Papp, has worked as a counsellor/therapist counselling families dealing with domestic violence. Aruna is a survivor of 18 years of domestic violence. Her marriage was arranged when she was a teenager. She came to Canada in 1972, with a 3rd grade education, two little girls and an abusive husband. Aruna founded three agencies in Ontario which help immigrant women and their families. Aruna holds two Master's degrees and she has volunteered on a number of boards and committees

Aruna is the recipient of several awards and recognition from governmental and non-profit agencies including: 1997 National Commemorative Award, 1993 Volunteer Recognition, Centennial College, 1991 YWCA, Toronto, Women of Distinction Award 1989 Sun, Toronto Paper, “Women on the Move” Award and the "Life Time Achievement Award from the South Asian Community in Toronto.

Aruna recent book “Unworthy Creature: A Punjabi Daughter’s Memoirs of Honour, Shame and Love” was launched in Parliament by Rona Ambrose, the Minister for Status of Women and Speaker of the Senate, the Honourable Noel A. Kinsello.

Aruna has produced training resources such as videos and training guides: "Breaking Barriers: Counselling South Asian Women."