Vathsala Illesinghe (Ontario)

IllesingheVathsala Illesinghe, MD, is a PhD Policy Studies student at the Yeates School of Graduate Studies, Ryerson University, Toronto. She is a 2017 Pierre Elliott Trudeau and Joseph-Armand Bombardier Scholar. As an experienced violence against women researcher in Sri Lanka and a new immigrant woman in Canada, Vathsala brings a deep understanding of South Asian women’s vulnerability to violence in their home countries, the complexities surrounding their migration experiences, and the gaps in services and responses to addressing violence experienced by immigrant and refugee women in Canada. Her current research is aimed at seeking a better understanding of the complex intersections of gender, violence, and immigration policy in Canada.