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LEAF Celebrates 25 Years!

LEAF – the Women’s Legal Education and Action Fund – is a national charitable organization that works toward ensuring the law guarantees substantive equality for all women in Canada. LEAF is celebrating its 25th anniversary in 2010.

On April 17 2010, Canadians will celebrate 25 years of constitutionally enriched equality rights for women since the enactment of Section 15, the equality section of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

LEAF, founded two days after the enactment of section 15 to steadfastly work on forging substantive equality rights for women, plans to joyously celebrate its 25th anniversary and the many milestones marked in those 25 years.

LEAF, also plans to launch itself into the next 25 years of substantive equality work, recognizing that the landscape has changed since 1985. LEAF needs to respond effectively and appropriately to the issues that prevent the substantive equality of all Canadians through its legal, education and law reform work if we are to build on the ground breaking work for which we are internationally recognized.

Your support will help with new initiatives:

  • advancing the interests of Aboriginal women in Canada by taking the call for a National Action Plan on missing and murdered Aboriginal women to the United Nations in March 2010;
  • making submissions to Parliamentary Standing Committees on pay equity (equal pay for work of equal value) as a fundamental human right and supporting the regulation of hate speech under s.13 of the Canadian Human Rights Act;
  • interventions at the Federal Court of Appeal, Ontario Court of Appeal and Supreme Court of Canada on issues relating to the equality rights of women who suffer multiple oppressions (such as sexual orientation, race, socio-economic status);
  • research and education on harassment and discrimination of youth in the workplace; (LEAF is launching a national youth survey and a national youth education program),
  • the launch of a National Youth Commission.
  • an International Legal Symposium in the fall of 2010

It is with much gratitude and excitement that we ask you to join us in the celebration. Without you, LEAF’s work would not be possible. In recognition of this, our 25th anniversary year, and to help launch LEAF into the next 25 years, we are inviting our supporters to join our 25th anniversary celebrations across Canada, as well as our national fundraising program.

If you would like to get involved with LEAF Edmonton, or if you are interested in finding out more about LEAF Edmonton’s 25th anniversary celebrations, please check out LEAF’s website at www.leaf.ca.

February 5th

Today on the show, our amazing new volunteer Sarah brings us an interview with Elizabeth May, leader of the Green Party of Canada. They talked about Copenhagen, how climate change effects women and the need for proportional representation in Canada. You can also check out Terra Informa for more with Elizabeth May.

Laura brings us part of the panel presentation given by the Women’s Court of Canada at U of A last March. Gwen Brodsky, co-director of the Poverty and Human Rights Centre in Vancouver, spoke on the importance in understanding the difference between strict equality and substantive equality.

There were some technical difficulties last week, so this week you finally get to hear an interview from a Vancouver based radio show called Red Eye with Jane Kirby about convergence activism and the 2010 Olympics from Red Eye.

The Legislating Sexualities in Alberta panel held today at the U of A was fantastic. Gaywire recorded it and we’ll soon have a link up.

Have a great weekend and get your feminism on!

Girl Power!

Listen to the podcast

Sam was our host on today’s Adamant Eve and she brought us an update on the court case brought forth by women ski jumpers wanting to take part in the 2010 Olympics.

In the news, Malaika talked about a recent study that found college students, both victims and perpetrators, reported increased incidents of sexual assault when the questions did not explicitly define the behaviour as assault.

Laura C. talked to Jessalynn Keller, a freelance journalist and PhD student in Film and Media Studies at the University of Texas at Austin. Laura read a piece Jessalynn wrote for TheTyee.ca called “Sorry, Can’t Do Raunch Today” on our August live show and was thrilled when Jessalynn agreed to an interview. They talked about real power for girls, Twilight and teen magazines.

We also mentioned two events: the screenings of Polytechnique at the Metro this weekend, and the Love Letters to Feminism exhibit at the U of A. Follow the links for more info!

Stay tuned for the podcast!

Women’s Ski Jumping Update

On November 13th, we gave an update and recap on the lawsuit filed by a group of female ski jumpers for their exclusion from the 2010 Olympic Games (listen to the podcast if you missed it!). Unfortunately their appeal has been rejected. If this leaves you less than satisfied, you can add your name to the petition.