Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives
The Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives is an independent, non-partisan research institute concerned with issues of social and economic justice.
Women's Legal Education and Action Fund (LEAF National)
The Women's Legal Education and Action Fund is a national, non-profit organization committed to using the provisions of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms to promote equality for women.
LEAF National has a two-fold mandate: to ensure that the rights of women and girls in Canada, as guaranteed in the Charter are upheld in our courts, human rights commissions and government agencies and to provide public education on the issues of gender equality.
Pivot Legal Society
Pivot Legal Society is a non-profit organization that aims to to use the law to address the root causes of poverty and social exclusion.
Pivot's social change campaigns focus on a broad range of issues and reflect a commitment to challenging laws and policies that intensify poverty and social exclusion. It takes a bottom up approach to law reform by working collaboratively with people impacted by marginalization to develop a vision for change. A central component of Pivot's work is to create opportunities for people from various backgrounds to gain a better understanding of the issues affecting people living in poverty and to get involved in building a more just and inclusive society.
Canadian Bar Association (British Columbia)
The Canadian Bar Association (CBA) is the essential ally and advocate of all members of the legal profession; it is the voice for all members of the profession and its primary purpose is to serve its members; it is the premier provider of personal and professional development and support to all members of the legal profession; it promotes fair justice systems, facilitates effective law reform, promotes equality in the legal profession and is devoted to the elimination of discrimination.
CBA British Columbia operates a number of committees formed to implement programs or to serve the interests of the profession and the public, including a Legal Aid Advisory Committee, whose mandate is “to promote the interests and concerns of the legal profession and the delivery of legal aid in the province of British Columbia.”
Poverty and Human Rights Project
The Poverty and Human Rights Project was an initiative of the Canadian Human Rights Reporter, Inc. in collaboration with the Centre for Feminist Legal Studies at the University of British Columbia. There is an important connection between the vigour of social programmes in Canada and the fulfillment of our human rights commitments. In addition, the Charter and human rights laws are primary vehicles for giving effect to Canada's social and economic rights commitments. In 2004, it became clear that there was a need for ongoing work to advance knowledge of poverty as a human rights issue. The Poverty and Human Rights Project changed its name to the Poverty and Human Rights Centre.
PovNet is an online resource for advocates, people on welfare, and community groups and individuals involved in anti-poverty work. It provides up-to-date information about resources in British Columbia and Canada. PovNet links to current anti-poverty issues and also provides links to other anti-poverty organizations and resources in Canada and internationally.
UBC Centre for Feminist Legal Studies
The Centre for Feminist Legal Studies (CFLS) was established at the Faculty of Law, University of British Columbia in 1997. Its purpose is to enhance the visibility of feminist legal studies at UBC and to strengthen co-operation in research, teaching, and graduate student supervision between scholars working with the Faculty of Law and elsewhere at UBC, as well as links and collaborations between scholars working in different university and community settings in British Columbia, nationally and internationally.
‘Transforming Women’s Future’ is a film that illustrates West Coast LEAF’s work over the last twenty-two years through a series of personal interviews, historical clips and photos. The film was produced and directed by award winning film makers Julia Iriarte and Eva Urrutia from Pampa Productions. Pampa Productions creates films for social change, and has shown at film festivals world wide. To request a media copy, please contact us.