UNAC-Vancouver and our partners, BCFED, University Women’s Club, National Congress of Black Women, Society for Children and Youth of BC, BC Human Rights Coalition, BC Association of Social Workers are proud to present the winner of this year’s Rosemary Brown Award for Women: West Coast Legal Education and Action Fund.
West Coast LEAF is being recognized for its extraordinary contributions in the area of women’s rights.
West Coast LEAF is a unique organization in BC that uses the law to further women’s equality. West Coast LEAF envisions a society in which women are full participants in the social, economic, and political activities of the nation. They strive to create a society in which differences are respected and supported by the law, and by social and institutional policies and practices.
They work to achieve equality by intervening in strategic test cases that protect or advance Charter and human rights. Their law reform initiatives track legislation affecting the legal rights of women, and they engage with government to ensure that law and policy respect equality rights. They also deliver public legal education workshops that train people on legal tools and strategies, including peer-to-peer training for young people on consent, safe relationships, and workplace rights.
Everything they do is aimed at ensuring greater equality for women and all people in BC. They use the law as a tool to create change – and where the law itself perpetuates injustice and inequality, they work to change the law. They have been speaking their minds since 1985 – the year the equality provisions of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms came into effect.
The award is a memorial to the life and work of the late Hon. Rosemary Brown, a champion for equality rights of women everywhere. Each year the Award is presented to a woman or a women’s group who has made an outstanding contribution to one of the seven theme areas championed by Rosemary Brown. This year’s theme focuses on Women’s Rights
Ms. Cleta Brown, daughter of Rosemary Brown will present the Award to West Coast LEAF.