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Outburst! Young Muslim Women’s Project Coordinator, Contract Position

We’re Hiring 

We are currently seeking a Project Coordinator for our Outburst! Program

Outburst! is a movement of young Muslim women and girls in Toronto who are building a better world together. We are a program of the Barbra Schlifer Commemorative Clinic. Outburst! is an opportunity for us to build community and conspire about ways in which we, as young Muslim women and girls, define and access safety. 

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Outburst! Young Muslim Women’s Project Peer Coordinator, Contract Position

We’re Hiring

We are currently seeking a Project Peer Coordinator for our Outburst! Program.

Outburst! is a movement of young Muslim women and girls in Toronto who are building a better world together. We are a program of the Barbra Schlifer Commemorative Clinic. Outburst! is an opportunity for us to build community and conspire about ways in which we, as young Muslim women and girls, define and access safety. 

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Law Clerk

We’re Hiring

The Barbra Schlifer Clinic is seeking a full-time Law Clerk for a 12-month contract position. 

The successful candidate will provide general clerical assistance to the Legal Department of the Clinic in support of the Department’s various programs and services.  The Law Clerk will be responsible for: client correspondences and communication, client file organization, entering data into case management program, clerical support in the delivery of the public legal education and professional development programs of the legal department, its student education program and its various law reform and community development initiatives.

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We’re Hiring: Director, Legal Services

Following the retirement of our founding Legal Director, the Barbra Schlifer Clinic is seeking a visionary, exceptional and energetic full-time Director of Legal Services to manage the Legal Services department. This includes program and service delivery and development, supervising staff, writing funding submissions and reports, identifying test case litigation and law reform, media appearances, and consulting with stakeholders. This position commences as soon as possible.

The Barbra Schlifer Clinic (the “Clinic”) offers legal representation, professional counselling and multilingual interpretation to women who have experienced violence. Our diverse, skilled and compassionate staff accompany women through personal and practical transformation, helping them to build lives free from violence.

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We’re Hiring: Family Lawyer

The Barbra Schlifer Clinic offers legal representation, professional counselling and multilingual interpretation to women who have experienced violence. Our diverse, skilled and compassionate staff accompany women through personal and practical transformation, helping them to build lives free from violence.

We are currently seeking a family lawyer, with experience in domestic violence, for a full time permanent position.  The staff family lawyer will be responsible for the delivery of legal services to the Clinic’s clients, for the delivery of a variety of public legal education and professional development programs on family law and for the coordination of the legal department’s student education and volunteer programs.  The staff lawyer will engage in various program planning and evaluation processes and external stakeholder relations, as appropriate.

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International Women’s Day

A message from Amanda: Violence against women is an international concern

AmandaDale_headshot_LowResOn International Women’s Day, we naturally reflect on where the struggle for women’s equality and rights has led us, hoping each year that the path to realizing women’s empowerment has become less hazardous and easier to walk. And yet, even with the significant strides taken by numerous women’s rights organizations around the world, we continue to witness women and girls being deprived of the opportunity to make important choices about the quality of their lives.

At the Barbra Schlifer Commemorative Clinic, we envision a world where all women build lives free from violence.

Violence against women has been declared a global pandemic by the United Nations.

It happens in all cultures and in every country. It includes any act of violence that results in, or is likely to result in, physical, sexual or psychological harm or suffering to women, and takes into account the threat of violence, coercion or arbitrary deprivation of liberty, whether happening in public or in private life.

Worldwide, up to 70 percent of women and girls will be beaten, coerced into sex or otherwise abused in their lifetime. Women are at higher risk from rape and domestic violence than cancer, traffic accidents or malaria. According to the World Health Organization based on data from more than 80 countries, 35% of women globally have experienced either physical and and/or sexual intimate partner violence or non-partner sexual violence. Globally, nearly 40% of all murders of women are committed by intimate partners.

Women’s equality and rights demands an international conversation and global attention, and the scale of investment in resources and cooperation that any pandemic does.

For this reason, I am honored to have been nominated by Status of Women Canada to be a part of this year’s 60th session of the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women in New York. I will learn from women who will have travelled a great distance, what strides they have taken to promote equality and to eliminate and prevent violence against women and girls.

I am further privileged to have been asked to moderate a panel among Ministers from a wide range of countries, who will exchange lessons from and hopes for their national plans to end violence against women.  I hope, in leaving the session, to advance the role of civil society in testing state plans’ viability and relevance to women, to challenge and renew us all to be honest about what’s working and what’s not.

Here at home in Canada, as we anticipate the verdict of the Jian Ghomeshi trial, we need to remind ourselves that the issues this case raised, are not isolated or unique. 

For Canada, a country regarded as ‘safe’, statistics are both real and raw:

  • Half of all women in Canada have experienced at least one incident of physical or sexual violence since the age of 16.
  • Nearly 70% of all Canadians say they personally know at least one woman who has been sexually or physically assaulted.
  • On any given day in Canada, more than 3,300 women (along with their 3,000 children) are forced to sleep in an emergency shelter to escape domestic violence. Every night, about 200 women are turned away because the shelters are full. 
  • Approximately every six days, a woman in Canada is killed by her intimate partner.

What do I know? I know that last year alone, more than 4,000 women called on the Barbra Schlifer Clinic to ask for our help as they began to build lives free from violence.

To those who feel that feminism is dead, that the pursuit for equality is over and that women are able to equally partake in the riches of the universe without having to assert their rights, the facts don’t support such a conclusion.

Both here and abroad, women remain the world’s most populous human rights defenders, unglamorously facing tyranny and violence for defending their dignity and beliefs every day in their homes and in their communities the world over – under unthinkable conditions of colonialism, racism, state-perpetrated human rights violations and in the midst of wars they do not stand to benefit from.

The rights we have achieved will only survive if we learn to seek them in new spaces in new ways and learn to struggle in new places, drawing strength from, even as we critique, our communities, our faiths and our cultures; by listening to young women and giving them room to lead.

International Women’s Day serves as a reminder to all women, everywhere, that we are united through a common cause and that we must keep working all year long; throughout history; and wherever we find ourselves. 

In the end, it is as Hannah Arendt said: “No cause is left but the most ancient of all, the one, in fact, that from the beginning of our history has determined the very existence of politics, the cause of freedom versus tyranny.”

Thanks for joining us in this struggle. We take strength and comfort from our common cause.

Amanda Dale
Executive Director

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