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Osgoode Feminist Collective (previously known as: Osgoode women's caucus)

Name change: the Osgoode Women’s Caucus is now the Osgoode Feminist Collective (link is to their Facebook page).  Lest you thought that younger women were avoiding the F word en masse, pending rebranding.  Why do people think this?

OFC (love the new acronym almost as much as the new name? i do) announced their name change last week.  If you know or are an alumna of this long lived and fierce organization, what do you think?  Here are a few snippets from the announcement at last week’s feminist tea, with thanks to the current co chairs.

In our efforts to bring a feminist voice to Osgoode and the wider York Campus, Women’s Caucus attempts to work within an anti-oppressive framework. For the past couple of years, we have been discussing the direction of our group and how this relates to our name.  We thought improvements could be made. We would like our name to be more reflective of the anti-oppressive politics and multiple feminisms that the our members embrace, as well as recognizing that feminism is practiced and welcoming to people of all genders.

We narrowed down our choices and recently asked our members to vote. As a result, we are happy to announce that with an overwhelming majority, we have decided to change our name to “Osgoode Feminist Collective.”

The October tradition of the Feminist Tea has celebrated person’s day. Some of you who know me may know that I’ve long had a problem with Person’s Day.  See here for some past rants (i know – the money changed).  The Osgoode Feminist Collective had a set of slides running in the background at the tea to consider the complicated meanings of Person’s Day.  These remind me of my general preference for nuanced critical thought over ranting….

It’s been over 80 years since women in Canada were declared qualified persons, yet as the daughter of immigrant parents, it feels far less distant. The memory of my mother’s pride on her first day as an eligible voter, after 10 years of contributing to her Canadian community, is very close indeed. This memory is one that I reflect on and reminds me why the battle for equality is not yet over.

Persons Day reminds me that we are all complex beings, with complicated relationships to feminism and history. It reminds me of the importance of being able to talk about and through those complicated relationships in order for us to respectfully commemorate the hard work of the five women in Edwards. But also so that we recognize the many other racialized women who had been organizing around their rights as women and racialized persons then, and who continue to organize and advocate for their communities today.

Edwards is an example of how only 5 determined women were able to make such momentous changes, despite the great resistance they faced. Such examples of strength remain an encouragement for current battles.

My gratitude to the women of Women’s Caucus’ past and Osgoode Feminist Collective’s present and future and all the inspiration, knowledge and support they have given.

Wednesday March 6th at Osgoode, tell us why you're celebrating IWD + listen to Chantelle Bowers on Women & Law + tea & career talk

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In the morning of Wed. 6 March, in the Atrium space of the law school, IFLS, Women’s Caucus and International Legal Partnership will be taking pictures of you as you tell us and the world why you are going to celebrate international women’s day. Join us!.


“Women and the Law” – A Special Event to mark International Women’s Day
Chantelle Bowers, Executive Director and General Counsel, Judicial and Registry Services.  
presented by  The Centre for Refugee Studies and CERIS – The Ontario Metropolis Centre and co-sponsors The Institute for Feminist Legal Studies (Osgoode Hall Law School) and McLaughlin College.
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 6 1:30 – 2:30pm LOCATION: 1014 Osgoode Hall Law School (ADR Room), York University (

The presentation will focus on the importance of the Immigration and Refugee Board’s Chairperson Gender Guidelines (“Women Refugee Claimants Fearing Gender-related persecution”), as truly path breaking and among the first in the world to consider gender-related persecution as a form of persecution that can be assessed by the Refugee Division panel hearing the claim.
This seminar is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served.

Students are also invited to join in a tea with Ms. Bowers, an  opportunity to meet with Ms Bowers and discuss both career and substantive issues.  This tea will be held in the 3-4 in the  IFLS suite (3rd floor, just to the left as you exit faculty wing elevators).  RSVP’s required for this tea, to LGonsalves@osgoode.yorku.ca Invitation to tea with Chantelle Bowers as described in post text.

About Chantelle Bowers:

Ms. Bowers is a highly regarded senior lawyer, with 16 years post call to the Bar, in a variety of progressively more responsible positions within the federal public service. Ms. Bowers has a legal background in international criminal law, as well as a specialization in many aspects of administrative law within the Federal Courts and such quasi-judicial tribunals as the Immigration and Refugee Board. Ms. Bowers also has significant experience in the management of financial, human and material resources at a senior executive level in her current role as Executive Director and General Counsel of Judicial and Registry Services of the Federal Court of Appeal and the Court Martial Appeal Court of Canada.  She has also acquired an expertise in both legal and management matters in her capacity as Senior Legal Counsel for the Federal Court of Appeal; as the Registrar for the Federal Court of Appeal and the Court Martial Appeal Court of Canada; and on occasion, acting for the Deputy Chief Administrator for Judicial Services of the Courts Administration Service (the “CAS”).  In her capacity as Executive Legal Counsel to the Chief Justice of the Federal Court of Appeal, as well as for the Chief Justice of the Court Martial Appeal Court of Canada for the past ten years, Ms. Bowers has gained extensive experience in dealing with complex legal and policy matters, and in providing legal opinions and strategic advice on sensitive issues to Chief Justices, other judges, and senior management within the “CAS”.  In her role as Secretary to the Federal Courts Rules Committee over that same period of time, Ms. Bowers has gained both extensive knowledge and experience in the application of the Federal Courts Rules as well as with the rules regarding the Court Martial Appeal Court of Canada, and other relevant legislation before the Federal Courts. Ms. Bowers is also the Media and Public Relations Officer for the Federal Court of Appeal and the Court Martial Appeal Court of Canada, and is a valued representative of the Federal Courts.

Mark your Calendar: Osgoode Women's Caucus Tea: Monday October 17, 2011 1230-230

How lovely! I love tea.  I have a complicated relationship with Person’s Day, (click for my reasons or click here for a visual representation),

but I do like tea. Hope to see you at this Osgoode Women’s Caucus event.  It was fun, and delicious, last year.

Meet and mingle with women’s caucus members, feminist and feminist-friendly faculty

October 17, 2011, 1230-230, Room 2011, Osgoode Hall Law School, York University.