Posts tagged METRAC
I was blissfully unaware of this helpful Margaret Wente column published recently: Rape on Campus: is it an epidemic?
until I saw a response on the METRAC (Metropolitan Action Committee on Public Violence Against Women and Children) blog (Megaphone Diaries) written by Legal Director Tamar Witelson:
METRAC has been conducting our United Nations’ endorsed Safety Audit on Canadian campuses for nearly 25 years, and has identified many reasons why sexual assault is endemic in the campus environment. These include:
1. there is a high number of women in an identified community, and they are most often targeted for assault;
2. there is a disproportionately high More >
These changes, considered cumulatively, remove the ability of a significant number of women who come to Canada with their abusers and rely on the abuser’s refugee claim while living under his power and control, to have their risk of persecution assessed at all. The lives of many women will be put at risk and Canada’s reputation as a safe haven of gender equality will be severely undermined.
Read the full submission here:
Submission of the Barbra Schlifer Commemorative Clinic, The Metropolitan Action Committee on Violence Against Women and Children (METRAC), and the Women’s Legal Education and Action Fund (LEAF) to the Parliamentary More >
Along with METRAC/OWJN, the IFLS held a panel discussion on November 24 in order to ask “how we might map out the way that this case shifts the debate and the context of the debate around sex work in Canada”.
The whole session was taped – so if you couldn’t make it, here it is, in streamed video. If you want to hear from only one of our speakers, you can hear their presentation by scrolling below and clicking on their photo.
Thanks to the generous and talented Manori Ravindran (Journalism/Ryerson) for the photos. The introduction to the session is More >
Come and join us for this. I know, law students – it’s late in the semester. But still, it is going to be really interesting. .
What might the Canada v. Bedford decision mean for the future of sex work and sex workers in Canada? This panel will explore the litigation, the decision, and the “what next” questions around regulation and vulnerability.Speakers
Christa Big Canoe, B.A., J.D. First Nations and feminist Lawyer
Valerie Scott Sex worker, Litigant in Bedford v. Canada and Director of Sex Professionals of Canada
Dr. Emily van der Meulen Community-based researcher and Post-doctoral Fellow at the Centre for Research More >
This long awaited report (the process was started in 2007) has finally been released and is available here in pdf.
In President Shoukri’s covering letter (click here), he writes:
….one of the most prominent themes from the METRAC safety audit is the need to develop a more pronounced culture of safety and security for all community members. …The report also highlights opportunities for the enhancement to our services, programs, policies, and infrastructure. For those reasons, I have appointed Gary Brewer, Vice-President Finance and Administration, to lead a pan-University committee to review the report and develop a comprehensive action plan which will be More >