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

Nominations for the 2017 Spirit of Barbra Schlifer Award are now open.
Deadline to nominate someone is March 10 at 5 p.m.

Launched in 2012, the Spirit of Barbara Schlifer Award recognizes a woman who has made a demonstrable contribution to increased access to safety and justice for women.

Each year, an Award recipient is selected on the basis of her outstanding commitment to improving the lives of women wanting to build lives free from violence through increased access to justice and other systems.

The recipient, whose work defies bias 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 — either through her paid employment, community leadership or volunteer work.

At last year’s Award ceremony, we recognized Fay Faraday for her work advocating with and for those who are most marginalized in our justice system.

If you know someone who should be nominated for a Spirit of Barbra Schlifer Award, download our nomination form for 2017 here.

Previous Award Winners

Fay Faraday


Fay Faraday advocates with and for those who are most marginalized in our justice system.

Deepa Mattoo


Deepa is a passionate defender of women’s rights to safety, access to justice and self-determination.

Geri Sanson


Geri is a long-time human rights lawyer and familiar face in the women’s anti-violence community.

Leilani Farha


Leilani is Executive Director of Canada Without Poverty and an international human rights lawyer.