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Rozina Somani

PhD Candidate

University of Toronto

Gender, Society, and Health

I have over 25 years of experience in Nursing. Throughout my career, I have advocated tirelessly for nurses’ rights and protections, focusing especially on nurses facing workplace violence. Currently, I am doing PhD in Nursing from the University of Toronto (UofT) with a Collaborative Specialization in Global Health (CSGH). My field of study is “Critical perspectives in health and healthcare” and my PhD research focuses on “Violence in the healthcare sectors”. My PhD study aims to provide a workable, researched-based, implementable workplace violence (WPV) reporting system. The implementation of a WPV reporting system is an important step towards policy development and redressing the underreporting that continues to bedevil efforts to combat workplace violence. My publications focus on the phenomenon of “violence”.

My scholarly work is fostering international partnerships and enhancing global leadership in research. I am also passionate about advancing diversity and inclusion and demonstrates this through my work with the Ismaili Nurses Alliance, which assists Internationally Educated Nurses (IENs) to meet the entry to practice requirements for RN registration in Canada. I have been involved as a key organizer for several advocacy initiatives for IENs to ensure that the barriers these nurses face are addressed at both provincial and national levels. I can work as a bridge between developing and developed countries and act as a role model for women from developing countries. My personal experience clearly shows that higher education is fundamental to addressing complex issues, developing higher competency, and enhancing leadership skills.

Area of Research Expertise
Implementation science; Workplace violence; Gender-based violence; Gender equity; Domestic violence