Inaugural Annual Rosemary Brown Memorial Conference – Sept 13

The Department of Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies and the Rosemary Brown Award Committee invite you to attend

Inequality and Rights:  A Feminist Perspective

Inaugural Annual Rosemary Brown Memorial Conference

Saturday, September 13, 2014
8:30 AM to 1:00 PM

Room 1700, Labatt Hall
SFU Harbour Centre

Free, but reservation required:

Rosemary Brown campaigned tirelessly in her lifetime for the rights of marginalized groups.  A distinguished social worker and the first Black woman to be elected to a Canadian legislature, she was also a respected feminist and academic, teaching at SFU as the Ruth Wynn Woodward Chair in Women’s Studies.  She served as the Chief Commissioner of the Ontario Human Rights Commission and on many Boards that were committed to equality principles.  She was awarded the Order of BC and became an Officer of the Order of Canada and a Commander of the Order of Distinction of Jamaica. This conference will honour her legacy by bringing together academics and members of the broader community to talk about issues of diversity, persistent inequality, and social justice.


Margot Young, Faculty of Law, University of British Columbia
Habiba Zaman, Department of Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies, Simon Fraser University
Marcy Cohen, Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives
Carol Martin, Victim Services Worker, Downtown Eastside Women’s Centre
Cecily Nicholson, No One is Illegal and Social Housing Alliance of BC
Saylesh Wesley, PhD Candidate, SFU, and Chilliwack Field Centre Coordinator, NITEP, UBC
Alexa McDonough, former leader of the federal NDP and member of the House of Commons.

For event poster: Inequality and Rights Poster

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West Coast LEAF: this year’s recipient of the Rosemary Brown Award for Women

unacto11.jpgUNAC-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.

Screen Shot 2014-06-04 at 7.56.19 PMWest 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.


Screen Shot 2014-06-04 at 7.52.01 PMThe 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.