About West Coast LEAF
Our concept of equality does not mean "equality as sameness", but rather equality as the removal and disappearance of discrimination and disadvantage which is consistent with Charter equality rights.
The West Coast Legal Education and Action Fund (LEAF) formed when the equality guarantees of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms came into force. Our mission is to achieve equality by changing historic patterns of systemic discrimination against women through BC-based equality rights litigation, law reform and public legal education.
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Governed by an elected Board of Directors and supported by active members, committed volunteers, and a dedicated staff, West Coast LEAF is an affiliate of National LEAF. West Coast LEAF is an incorporated non-profit society in British Columbia and a federally registered charity. We are funded by the Law Foundation of BC, donations from members, individual supporters, unions and local businesses, and through our own fundraising efforts. We also seek project funding from various sources including foundations and government departments.
Through a series of personal interviews, historical clips and photos, the film ‘Transforming Women’s Future’ celebrates West Coast LEAF's achievements and demonstrates its commitment to securing real equality for all Canadian women.
The film was produced and directed by award winning film makers Julia Iriarte and Eva Urrutia from Pampa Productions.
West Coast LEAF envisions a society in which women are full participants in the social, economic and political activities of the nation, a society in which it is a right to have one’s differences respected and supported both by the law, and through social and institutional policies and practices.
Strategic Goals: 2010-2011
To protect and advance the equality rights of BC women by participating in BC cases in the courts that effect their social, legal and economic circumstances.
To engage with lawmakers so as to ensure that governmental laws and policies improve the conditions of women in BC.
To provide equality rights education in order to empower people in BC to assert their rights within their own lives and communities.
To increase our presence in diverse communities across the province in order to enrich our perspective on equality issues and better support equality initiatives.
To nurture those who participate in our organization by providing a respectful environment that actively supports and enhances their experience.
To maintain an organization that is financially sustainable through ethical and diversified fund development and sound financial management.
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