WOMEN’S EQUALITY: NOT YET, NOT EVERYWHERE

We envision a society in which women are full participants in all social, economic, and political activities. Our work is aimed towards substantive equality, an approach that recognizes and celebrates differences. Rather than treating everyone the same, substantive equality ensures that historically disadvantaged people can actively participate in society and access justice. We strive to ensure that the law upholds the equality principles in the Charter of Rights and Freedoms, which advances the rights of all marginalized groups.

West Coast LEAF is committed to a vision of feminism that is inclusive of persons who are transgender and/or intersex and of their equality rights to be free from sex and gender discrimination. Our vision of feminism is intersectional, and we work to ensure the law recognizes that the ways in which we experience discrimination and privilege – in relation to our gender, our race, our place of origin, our abilities – are overlapping and cannot be treated as isolated experiences.

We envision and are committed to a society that fully realizes the rights of Indigenous peoples. We acknowledge that West Coast LEAF’s office is located in Vancouver on unceded Indigenous land belonging to the Coast Salish peoples, including the territories of the xʷməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), Stó:lō and Səl̓ílwətaʔ/Selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations. We are grateful for and humbled by the opportunity to work and learn here.