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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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COVID-19 BC Gender Equality Report Card

The COVID-19 BC Gender Equality Report Card assesses BC’s pandemic response in terms of impacts for gender justice. It explores access to justice; economic security; freedom from gender-based violence; health care; ...
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BC Gender Equality Report Card 2019/2020

This Report Card assesses the BC government’s progress on human rights and gender equality between December 2018 and early April 2020. It explores access to justice; economic security; gender-based violence; health; ...
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Pathways in a Forest: Indigenous guidance on prevention-based child welfare

Highlights efforts by Indigenous families, communities, and Nations to revitalize Indigenous approaches to child welfare, develop community-based supports, and fight for self-determination. Centres the voices of 64 ...
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2018 CEDAW Report Card

West Coast LEAF's 10th annual CEDAW Report Card grades BC on nine issues impacting women’s human rights, including child protection, a new section this year. The Report Card assesses BC’s record in 2018 in relation to ...
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We Are Here: Women's Experiences of the Barriers to Reporting Sexual Assault

Grounded in the firsthand knowledge of survivors, this report explores the significant barriers to reporting sexual assault through the criminal justice system. Its aim is to inspire change in society and the justice ...
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Justice Reform for BC

A change in government after 16 years has presented a unique opportunity to call for significant, systemic reform to BC's ailing justice system—changes that will benefit the most marginalized in society along with ...
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2017 CEDAW Report Card

West Coast LEAF's annual CEDAW Report Card grades BC's compliance with United Nations Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW). BC's record of action and inaction in the past ...
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HIGH STAKES: The impacts of child care on the human rights of women and children

This report is grounded in diverse women’s real-life stories about how the inadequacy of the child care system has impacted them and their children—undermining their safety, well-being, & human rights. The report ...
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2015 CEDAW Report Card: How BC is measuring up in Women's Rights

2015 Report grading the Government of British Columbia on its compliance with the Convention on the Elimination of all forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW).
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Putting justice back on the map

West Coast LEAF’s report proposes concrete solutions for the massive shortage in BC’s public legal services. Most importantly, the report recommends new delivery models for family law services that will make a real ...
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