Women`s Legal Education and Action Fund Inc
LEAF is not a legal clinic and does not provide legal advice or representation to clients. For more information, please visit our Legal Resources page. A donation to LEAF will help promote the substantive equality rights of women and girls in Canada through litigation, legal reform and public education. Your support will help us continue to work on issues such as gender discrimination, access to reproductive health care, maternity pay and spousal support, and prevent the use of myths and stereotypes in sexual assault cases. At the Women`s Legal Education and Action Fund (LEAF), we advocate for the rights of women and girls across Canada. We work to promote their substantive equality rights through litigation, legal reform and public education to bring about legal change and awareness. With a donation, you join other supporters who really want to change women`s lives. Your financial support will allow us to continue our legal interventions, legal reforms and training, and to ensure that the law guarantees equality for all. LEAF promotes gender equality in Canada through case intervention, legislative reform and public education in the following areas: LEAF interventions can have direct and indirect regulatory implications. Peter Manfredi concludes that the area where legislative changes have resulted in the most important practical realization is abortion rights. LEAF conducts legal research and intervenes in appeals and cases of the Supreme Court of Canada on women`s issues.
LEAF has intervened in many important decisions of the Supreme Court of Canada, particularly in cases involving challenges under section 15 of the Charter. In addition to its legal work, LEAF also organizes conferences and projects that enable lawyers interested in women`s rights to educate each other, educate the public, and find collective answers to legal issues related to women`s equality. LEAF was founded by Doris Anderson and other women.  Our work is only possible with the generous support of donors like you! Since 1985, LEAF has intervened in more than 100 cases that have improved equality rights in Canada, including cases aimed at eliminating sex-based discrimination in the workplace, ensuring access to reproductive health care, providing better maternity benefits and spousal support. and prevent the use of myths and stereotypes in cases of sexual assault. WOMEN`S LEGAL EDUCATION AND ACTION FUND INC. / WOMEN`S LEGAL EDUCATION AND ACTION FUND INC. We build community power across the state by creating and sharing capacity-building tools, nurturing relationships, and following the leadership of Connecticut women and girls.
LEAF conducts processes and trainings to strengthen the substantive equality rights of women and girls, as guaranteed by the Charter of Rights and Freedoms. Substantive equality recognizes historical and social differences and challenges systemic and structural discrimination. Since 1985, LEAF has made significant progress for women in many important cases, promoting gender equality in legal areas such as reproductive justice and access, pay equity and discrimination in the workplace, housing, immigration, child and spousal support, and sexual assault and gender-based violence. LEAF has intervened in over 100 cases related to equality between women and girls and has appeared in over 60 different appeals before the Supreme Court of Canada. LEAF has intervened to provide expertise in almost every case before the Supreme Court of Canada, which has set a precedent for sexual offence law. Mary Eberts controversially portrayed Beth Symes, another founder of LEAF, in Symes v. Canada,  4 S.C.R. 695 , in which LEAF, although not on the list, made known its presence through the works cited by the High Court.  Although LEAF never officially represented Symes, its de facto intervention was not successful; Symes` attempt to claim its child care expense deductions as business expenses was rejected. Some of the cases in which the Women`s Legal Education and Action Fund has intervened have proved controversial. These include the acquittal of Bassam Al Rawi and the case of Nicole Patricia Ryan, also known as Nicole Doucet Ryan, who was arrested after attempting to hire an undercover Royal Canadian Mounted Police officer as a hitman to kill her husband.