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#LawNeedsFeminismBecause #LeDroitABesoinDuFéminismCar

The Feminist Collective of McGill Law created this campaign and invited law students across Canada to participate by finishing the sentence Law Needs Feminism Because…/ Le Droit A Besoin Du Féminism Car…. and becoming part of a photo project with other legal scholars (students and professors).

See McGill Law students (and Profs) in all their feminist glory here: http://www.lawneedsfeminismbecause.ca/ 

Join the IFLS and the Osgoode Feminist Caucus Friday Feb 3, 2017, 10-1230 in the Faculty Lounge (2027)of Osgoode Hall Law School from 10-12:30.  Think about what you want to say, or let it come to you on the spot.  We will have coffee, chai (if Sonia gets up early enough), a photographer and good company*.  Critical feminist discussion is encouraged and welcome.  Please wear solid colours!

Need an appointment? Tell us when you plan to come and we’ll bump you to the front of the line when you arrive (email slawrence@osgoode.yorku.ca).

[brought to you by the Osgoode Feminist Caucus & the Osgoode Institute for Feminist Legal Studies]

If you don’t have class, why don’t you come at 12 and stay for the IFLS Feminist Friday with Professor Jula Hughes: “Politics is Women’s Work: A gender lens on the duty to consult”   
3-Feb-2017 12:30 PM – 02:00 PM 2027 Osgoode Hall Law School
Lunch will be served at this talk, so please RSVP www.osgoode.yorku.ca/research/rsvp

Abstract:  In Atlantic Canada, Indigenous women participate in the political and organizational leadership of off-reserve and non-Status organizations like Native Councils and Friendship Centres to a much higher degree than Canadian women participate in political leadership at any level. In a series of interviews and through research projects in collaboration with Indigenous women leaders, I have asked how these women leaders came to their political work and explored their political practice. In this presentation I report on findings from this research. What emerges is an understanding of the role of women in Wabanaki society that is anchored in a traditional division of labour that emphasized community leadership as women’s work. Indigenous women leaders also understand their work as an important response to the historical experience of gender discrimination under the Indian Act. They note that governments perpetuate its gender discriminatory effects by failing to engage with and consult off-reserve and non-Status populations and advocate for a development of the constitutional duty to consult that promotes gender equality.
Dr. Jula Hughes researches in the areas of criminal law, Indigenous governance & Aboriginal law, and judicial ethics. She was the lead researcher on a multidisciplinary, community-driven research project on the duty to consult with urban Aboriginal organizations in Atlantic Canada conducted by the Urban Aboriginal Knowledge Network.  Her current work considers the duty to consult through a gender lens.  The research explores Indigenous women’s governance and living experiences in Eastern Canadian urban settings.

Screenshot at very shrunk size of McGill Feminist Collective's project page of photos.
http://www.lawneedsfeminismbecause.ca/  screenshot

Upcoming Events: The OFC Edition

As usual, the Osgoode Feminist Collective is up to awesome things. Here are two events not to miss next week!

In honour of Diversity Week, BLSA and OFC Present “Ackee & Saltfish” and “Strolling”: Film Screening and Discussion
Tuesday, February 23, 2016 at 12:30 P.M. in the Moot Court

‘Ackee & Saltfish’ is a short film, directed and written by Cecile Emeke, starring Michelle Tiwo as Olivia, and Vanessa Babirye as Rachel.  The film is described as “connecting the scattered stories of the black diaspora”, and looks at gentrification in London through the conversations of two best friends.

‘Strolling’ is a short documentary film series also created by Cecile Emeke, where we take a stroll with people in various cities and countries around the world, having refreshingly raw and honest conversations about various issues at the forefront of their society. The film touches on everything from feminism, sexuality, gender, race and politics to philosophy, art, history, capitalism, war and poverty… and everything else you can think of.

Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/186650391698161/


OUTLaws and OFC present, My Transformation: A Conversation with Rachel Lauren Clark (poster attached)
Thursday, February 25, 2016 at 1:00 P.M., location TBD

event poster for talk by Rachel Lauren ClarkJoin OUTLaws and Osgoode’s Feminist Collective for a conversation with the inspiring trans rights activist Rachel Lauren Clark. Rachel grew up in upstate New York, and was part of the marine corps for eight years. Leaving the military at the age of 25, Rachel eventually moved to Toronto in 2003, where she was working in information technology. In 2013, Rachel started living openly as a trans woman. She is now heavily involved in the LGBTQ community, serving on the board of Pride Toronto.

Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/987552994613518/


Osgoode Feminist Collective Hosting Annual Feminist Tea in Honour of Person’s Day


As mentioned earlier, this is a meaningful opportunity to connect with allies and advocates within the legal community.

We must clarify that the focus of this year’s Feminist Tea is centred on the communities and individuals that the Persons Case of 1929 does not account for. Although this decision did not serve all women in Canada, the anniversary of its passing is a nationally recognized watershed for the rights of women within Canada; as such, it represents both a victory and a loss for movements advocating for the rights and recognition of marginalized groups, historically and in the present day.
We ask that you join us in solidarity as we gather for tea, discussion, and reflection on the historical and ongoing advocacy, movements, and victories led by women who identify as Black, Indigenous, women of colour, and LGBTQQ, as well as to reflect on the continued exclusion of these groups from social, political, and legal spaces.
As ever, we continue to problematize our feminisms and strive to ensure that they are intersectional and inclusive.

A message from the Osgoode Feminist Collective:


Dear Feminists and Allies,

“The Osgoode Feminist Collective would like to invite you to our Annual Feminist Tea in honor of Persons Day. This event will be taking place in room 2027 this coming Tuesday, October 20th from 12:30-2:30.

This is a great chance to interact with fellow feminists and allies at Osgoode. Come meet feminist faculty and students and celebrate powerful feminists in history.

On Persons Day we celebrate the achievements of feminist movements, while recognizing that there is still much more work to be done.

This will be a safe space open to anyone with an interest in feminism and a spot of tea.


links between students & faculty: Osgoode Feminist Collective's Feminist Faculty Ally Award

OFC Feminist Faculty Ally AwardPhoto of Professor Ronalda Murphy










What’s better than realising students actually appreciate what you’re doing in the classroom and out?   The Osgoode Feminist Collective (previously known as Women’s Caucus) has honoured Osgoode visiting Professor Ronalda Murphy with the Feminist Faculty Ally Award for 2013-14.  They caught up with Professor Murphy between classes, springing the award on her as a (well deserved) surprise.  Here are a few excerpts from the letter they prepared for her. 

It is our great pleasure to award you the Feminist Faculty Ally Award for the 2013-2014 academic year. Last year, the Osgoode Feminist Collective (OFC) initiated this award in order to credit professors who have worked towards increasing the feminist presence and advancing feminist interests on campus.

We believe that you are well-deserving of this award. Many of us have been in your courses and have witnessed you consistently raise issues of gender and race, recognizing the wider context within which the law operates. We are also grateful for the fact that, in evidence law, you frequently provide trigger warnings due to the disturbing nature of the material. Also, the extent to which you make considerable efforts to avoid heteronormative assumptions in your examples is very much appreciated.

 And of course, we loved seeing you perform at the Wendy Babcock Drag Show! While silly and fun, it was also a powerful statement. 

Congratulations to Ronalda – and to the OFC for taking the initiative to create this award.  And thanks to all of them as well for everything they do at Osgoode.