Older Women’s Rights

Older women are vital participants in our communities, yet they face substantial discrimination as a result of their age, gender, and other characteristics (including mental and physical ability, ethnicity, class, sexuality, and family status). To date, elder law has Read More

Legal Aid Advocacy

For many years, West Coast LEAF has been involved in improving access to justice. Since 2002, legal aid in British Columbia has undergone drastic cuts. Poverty law services have been completely eliminated, and family law services have been significantly Read More

Family Law Project

Family law and women’s equality Family law is a gender equality issue.  Gender-based violence and income disparities in relationships undermine equality rights. Family law can have clear benefits for women and others who face gender discrimination when courts recognize their Read More

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Gender Equality Report Card

What is the Gender Equality Report Card? The Gender Equality Report Card assesses BC’s progress in advancing gender equality over a given time period. It is an advocacy tool to hold the BC government accountable to respecting the human Read More

Mothering with Disabilities Project

Overview Women with disabilities face many barriers to their right to equal participation in Canadian society, including to their rights as parents. Advocates and women with disabilities report that as a result of misconceptions and biases about disabled women’s Read More

Cyber Misogyny Project

Overview There has been limited public dialogue surrounding the fact that online ‘bullying’ does not operate independently from sexism, racism, and other forms of discrimination. While hate speech and violence against women and girls are not new phenomena, the Read More

Court Watch

Overview This project explored some of the obstacles to women’s access to meaningful justice in the child protection system by engaging in a “Court Watch” that paid attention to gender bias, denial of due process, and racial disparities in Read More