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Jian Ghomeshi

FRANK GUNN / THE CANADIAN PRESS Jian Ghomeshi walks past protesters as he arrives at a Toronto courthouse with his lawyer Marie Henein for the third day of his trial on Feb. 4, 2016.


Last week’s media storm over the Jian Ghomeshi trial may have left the impression that women’s equality advocates are unconcerned about fair trials for accused. Quite the opposite. We too believe in due process, the presumption of innocence and the right of full answer and defence. We especially worry about the overrepresentation of women and men from marginalized communities in the criminal system. We agree that their vulnerability to the power of the state requires rigorous defence.  Read More


“Why Didn’t We Know?”

Why_fifthestateIf you missed the fifth estate’s episode, “Why Didn’t We Know?” that questions how a system – that is supposed to protect women from violence – can go so disastrously wrong, you can watch here.  The Clinic’s Executive Director, Amanda Dale, weighs in on the subject. 

Nominate a remarkable woman for a Spirit of Barbra Schlifer Award today!

BSAward_NominationWebDo you know a remarkable woman whose work is focused on improving the lives of women facing violence?

Since 2012, the Spirit of Barbra Schlifer Award has recognized a woman who makes a demonstrable contribution to improving the lives of women wanting to build lives free from violence. Her work — either through her paid employment, community leadership or volunteering — challenges prejudice toward gender, race, socio-economic status, sexual orientation, geographic isolation/disadvantage, disability and/or religious belief, is recognized for her advocacy in the area of violence against women.


Did we just describe you or someone you know? If so, please nominate that remarkable woman today! Anyone can nominate a candidate, and the deadline to receive nominations is March 11 by 5 pm.

To download a nomination form, please click here.

The Barbra Schlifer Tribute – This Year’s Date Revealed!

We are excited to share that our 22nd Annual Tribute Fundraiser will be held on Thursday, June 9, 2016 from 6:30pm-9:30pm at the Daniels Spectrum.
The event will feature our popular silent and live auction, scrumptious food and drink catered by Daniel et Daniel and entertainment.
During the event, we will present the fourth annual Spirit of Barbra Schlifer Award to an exceptional woman, whose demonstrable work is indicative of her commitment to increased justice for all women. 
Stay tuned for more updates! 
For more information on the Tribute fundraiser please call (416) 323-9149 ext 237.

“How did the system that’s supposed to protect women go so disastrously wrong?” 

wilnoep_640Tune in for the CBC’s fifth estate Friday, January 15 at 9 p.m. EST when the Clinic’s Executive Director, Amanda Dale joins host Gillian Findlay in a conversation about the murders of three women in the small town of Wilno, Ontario last September 2015. The man accused and arrested for their murders, Basil Borutski had a long criminal history, including charges involving two of the three women.

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