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Submissions

2020

Family Law Reform in Ontario: increasing safety for women and children and bringing more consistency between the Children’s Law Reform Act and the Divorce Act

The Clinic is pleased to provide the following recommendations for amending the Children’s Law Reform Act to assist women who are accessing Ontario’s family law legal system for safe and fair resolutions following family breakdown. We believe the following recommendations will increase safety for women and children. In addition, we believe these recommendations will bring more clarity and consistency to the family law system overall for all women, regardless of whether they are married or seeking a divorce.

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Joint Submission to the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Violence Against Women: COVID-19 and the increase of domestic violence against women (June 30, 2020)

This submission has been prepared through the collaboration of leaders, experts, and researchers from a number of front-line and advocacy organizations such as the Barbra Schlifer Commemorative Clinic, Women’s Shelters Canada, West Coast LEAF, YWCA Canada, the National Association of Women and the Law, the Ontario Council of Agencies Serving Immigrants, and the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives. The following document is not intended to be comprehensive or representative of the full extent of experiences and measures taken in Canada regarding violence against women (VAW) in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Instead, this information represents the research and localized knowledge of the various contributing organizations.

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2019

Submission to the UN Commission on the Status of Women

The Clinic’s submission pertains to Section 108(1) (a) of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act in which a “claim for refugee protection shall be rejected, and a person is not a Convention refugee or a person in need of protection,” if, “the person has voluntarily reavailed themself of the protection of their country of nationality.”  The Act, in our experience, discriminates against women who are victims of domestic violence in failing to consider the lived realities of these individuals and by not reflecting a gender-sensitive based approach.

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Submission to the UN Commission on the Status of Women regarding the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act.

The Clinic’s submission pertains to Section 108(1) (a) of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act in which a “claim for refugee protection shall be rejected, and a person is not a Convention refugee or a person in need of protection,” if, “the person has voluntarily reavailed themself of the protection of their country of nationality.”  The Act, in our experience, discriminates against women who are victims of domestic violence in failing to consider the lived realities of these individuals and by not reflecting a gender-sensitive based approach.

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