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West Coast LEAF

West Coast LEAF's mission is to achieve equality by changing historic patterns of systemic discrimination against women through BC-based equality rights litigation, law reform and public legal education.

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Blueprint For An Inquiry

This report describes mistakes made by the government of British Columbia and the Commission in structuring the Inquiry, with the aim of identifying specific lessons for future commissions of inquiry involving ...
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Position Paper on Human Trafficking for Sexual Exploitation

This paper provides a brief overview of the problem of trafficking in women and girls for the purpose of sexual exploitation in Canada. It proceeds to outline West Coast LEAF's position - proposed legislation and victim ...
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Troubling Assessments: Custody and Access Reports and their Equality Implications for BC Women

A new study outlines fundamental problems with expert evaluations of parenting used by BC courts in child custody and access disputes. The study examines what are commonly referred to as 'Section 15 reports' conducted ...
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Human Rights Denied Single Mothers on Social Assistance in British Columbia

This report highlights legislative and regulatory policy changes within the BC government between 2001 and 2005 that disproportionately harm single mothers on social assistance and their children.
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Mapping the Gap: A Summary of Legal Resources for Women in British Columbia

In 2009, a project was initiated to research and collate legal resources for women created by various family and social service agencies throughout the province. The report was released in 2010. It was written by ...
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Mapping the Gap: Linking Aboriginal Women with Legal Resources and Services

In 2011, a project was initiated to research and collate legal resources for Aboriginal women created by various family and social service agencies throughout the province. The report was released in 2012. It was ...
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#CyberMisogyny

Using and strengthening Canadian legal responses to gendered hate and harassment online. Topics: "Revenge Porn"; Non-consensual sharing of intimate images among youth; Child sexual exploitation; Cyberstalking; and ...
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2010 CEDAW Report Card

The 2010 CEDAW Report Card grades the BC government's compliance to the international standards of women's rights and freedoms outlined in the United Nations' Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination ...
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Inaction and Non-compliance: British Columbia's Approach to Women's Inequality 2008 Submission by BC CEDAW Group

This report was submitted to the CEDAW Committee by the BC CEDAW Group and the Poverty and Human Rights Center before Canada's 2008 CEDAW review. It provides an overview of women's equality issues in BC to ensure the ...
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Nothing to Report 2010 Submission by BC CEDAW Group

The report illustrates the Government of British Columbia's failure to address and implement two recommendations made by the UN Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) ...
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