The podcast where we piece together what makes a world without violence.

While we don’t always see it, gender-based violence is all around us. At Anova, we believe in a future without violence. But what does a future without violence look like? How do we get there? Peace by Piece is a bi-weekly podcast hosted by Dr. AnnaLise Trudell. In this podcast, we have meaningful and educational conversations with experts and innovators about what makes a world without violence.

In each episode of Peace by Piece, we identify tools and approaches that breakdown gender-based violence, unpack the systems that perpetuate violence, and piece together how we can confront and stop gender-based violence all together.

Episodes range between 45 minutes and an hour and are available on all major podcast listening platforms.

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The Eighth Piece: A Conversation with Ericka Hart

Ericka Hart, M.Ed., D/s, pronouns: she/they, is a black queer femme activist, writer, highly acclaimed speaker and award-winning sexuality educator. In this can’t be missed episode, we chat fatphobia and body neutrality, anger and racism, kink at pride and police at pride. We absolutely love this conversation with Erika and we hope you do too!

The Seventh Piece: Spaces for and by Women

Aren’t we in a world that is past the need for women’s only spaces? No. Public spaces are still very much dominated by men, and women often feel unsafe by the constant threat of harassment and objectification. Today we will hear from two very different organizations that see the incredible inclusive power of creating spaces for women and non-binary folks

The Sixth Piece:  Masculinity and Gender-Based Violence

When it comes to toxic masculinity, we all lose. In this episode, Everyday Girl Dad creator, Mike Reynolds and former professional football player, Chuck Winters talk with Annalise about vulnerability, self-awareness and challenging learned masculinity.

The Fifth Piece: Coping with Sexual Violence

*Content warning: this podcast contains references to sexual assault.*    May is Sexual Assault Awareness Month. This episode focuses on the healing journey from the perspective of a survivor of sexual assault and the Anova sexual assault counsellor who helped her cope with her experience.

The Fourth Piece: Sex Positivity and Feeling Good about Feeling Good

In this episode we talk to Clinical Sexologist and registered Psychotherapist, Carlen Costa about feeling good about feeling good! We chat openly about sex, the value of sex positivity, the healing powers of an orgasm, and so much more.

The Third Piece: Moving for Me…Reclaiming Fitness and Finding Home in Our Bodies

Dr. Sam Brennan is Dean of the College of Arts at the University of Guelph and co-founder of the blog Fit is a Feminist Issue. For women, fitness and the fitness industry has so often been about guilt and getting thinner, rather than celebrating how strong our bodies are. In this episode, we talk feminism and explore how fitness can and should be for everyone, no matter their age, size, gender, or ability.

The Second Piece: Kids are the Boss of their Own Body…Sorta

In this episode, we chat with Anova’s Public Education Coordinator, Allison Preyde. We all know that understanding consent is an important life skill, but teaching it to young children can be difficult. Allison gives us some concrete skills and guidance.  Interested in learning more? A Caregiver’s Guide to Teaching the ABCs of Consent provides caregivers with the tools necessary to teach, model, and support kids as they come to know themselves and live in harmony with others from infancy through childhood. Visit to get the guide!

The First Piece: What is Gender-Based Violence and How Can We Put An End To It?

In this episode, we are laying the foundation with Dr. Nadine Wathen, Western University professor and Canada Research Chair in Mobilizing Knowledge on Gender-Based Violence. Annalise and Nadine identify what gender-based violence (GBV) is and talk about how confronting GBV means supporting those who have experienced it and doing prevention work.


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