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Kara Santokie - Toronto Women's City Alliance. Toronto, ON, CA

Kara Santokie

Director | Toronto Women's City Alliance

Toronto, ON, CANADA

Kara Santokie, PhD, does policy analysis and works to increase civic engagement among women in Toronto.





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Kara Santokie on City of Toronto's Budget thru Gender Lens




Kara Santokie earned the degree of Doctor of Philosophy in Political Science from the University of Toronto. Prior to this, she studied Philosophy, Politics and Economics at the University of Oxford, and earned a Master of Science degree (with distinction) in International Relations from the London School of Economics and Political Science.

Kara has worked as a research analyst, program coordinator, consultant, professor of Political Science and music teacher. She has also worked in the field of international development in several countries for a number of years. As the Director of Toronto Women's City Alliance, she does policy analysis and works to increase civic engagement among women in Toronto.

Kara is a regular contributor to newspapers such as the Toronto Star and news outlets such as the CBC, CTV News and CP24.

Kara is also currently pursuing a teaching certification on mindfulness-based stress reduction at the Centre for Mindfulness, University of Massachusetts Medical School in the USA.

Kara directs two choirs in Toronto. Shout Sister Choir is a community choir for women and Parkdale Project Read Literacy Voices brings music to adult immigrant learners in Toronto.

Industry Expertise (6)

Public Policy


Social Services


Health and Wellness


Areas of Expertise (14)

International Relations

Human Rights

International Development

Project Management

Policy Analysis

Program Evaluation

Grant Writing


Gender Education and Work

Qualitative Research

Global Governance

Social Policy

Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction


Accomplishments (1)

Dr. F.M. Hill Ontario Graduate Scholarship (personal)

2007 Awarded by the Government of Ontario to an Ontario Graduate Scholarship recipient in the Faculty of Arts and Science.

Education (4)

University of Toronto: Ph.D., Political Science 2012

London School of Economics and Political Science: M.Sc., International Relations 2005

University of Oxford: B.A., Philosophy, Politics & Economics 2003

University of Massachusetts Medical School: Teaching Certification, Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction

Graduation March 2017

Affiliations (2)

  • Shout Sister Choir : Choir Director
  • Parkdale Project Literacy Voices: Choir Director

Languages (5)

  • English
  • French
  • Spanish
  • Hindi
  • Nepali

Media Appearances (5)

Let’s focus on the real barbaric practices

Toronto Star  


In whom can we place our trust? The government? Other political parties? Certainly not each other, apparently. Keep an eye on your neighbour, we’re being urged during this election campaign; report them if something seems awry. Not scared enough yet? ISIS is coming! And on top of that, there just might be a homegrown plot brewing in your local Tim Hortons, so call it out. Take that with your double-double, you terrorist. This is Canada, and we don’t tolerate that sort of thing.

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Canada’s social programs will suffer under balanced budget law

Toronto Star  


With a federal election on the horizon, we’re now getting a peak at some of the goodies upcoming in the budget. Higher TFSA limits? Income-splitting for families? The prospect of a balanced budget law? “Yes, please!” we may be tempted to say.

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The great divide in Toronto housing

Toronto Star  


Considering the February weather that Torontonians have just endured, the overheated housing market defies all logic. It feels a bit like saying that the average house price in Whitehorse just crossed $1 million.

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Toronto budget fails to address poverty reduction

Toronto Star  


Toronto may be richer than we think, but there are many people in this city who are poorer than we think.

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Women’s Equality Office: Kara Santokie’s Big Idea

Toronto Star  


Name: Kara Santokie Issue: Civic engagement and responsiveness: How Toronto can make people feel they belong ...

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Articles (1)

A thesis submitted in conformity with the requirements for the degree of Ph. D. Graduate Department of Political Science

University of Toronto

2012 Current approaches to sex trafficking appear to be neither very successful in stopping sex trafficking nor, more importantly, very effective in helping those women for whom it is intended. Rather, the overwhelming focus on the issue of prostitution obscures the more ...

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