ABOUT THE TALK: As UN Women states, “From 25 November, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, to 10 December, Human Rights Day, the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence Campaign is a time to galvanize action to end violence against women and girls around the world.” Gender-based violence is not only a civil rights issue, it is an economic issue. Mary Eberts, co-founder of LEAF (Women’s Legal Education and Action Fund), litigation counsel to the Native Women’s Association of Canada (NWAC) and the U of T’s Constitutional Litigator-in-Residence, will join Professor Sarah Kaplan, Director, Institute for Gender + the Economy, in an on-stage discussion about these issues.
BIOGRAPHIES: Mary Eberts was educated at Western University and Harvard law schools, and has appeared as counsel to parties and interveners in the Supreme Court of Canada, Courts of Appeal and Superior Courts in Ontario and other provinces, the Federal Court and Court of Appeal, and before administrative tribunals and inquests across Canada. She was instrumental in securing the present language of section 15 of the Charter, and was one of the founders of the Women’s Legal Education and Action Fund (LEAF). Since 1991, she has been litigation counsel to the Native Women’s Association of Canada (NWAC). In 2014, she was appointed Constitutional Litigator-in-Residence at the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Law.
Her academic career includes the Gordon Henderson Chair in Human Rights at the University of Ottawa (2004-2005) and the Ariel Sallows Chair in Human Rights at the College of Law, University of Saskatchewan (2011 and 2012), where she taught courses in test case litigation. She has received the Law Society Medal, the Governor-General’s Award in Honour of the Persons’ Case, the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal and several honorary degrees.
Sarah Kaplan is Director, Institute for Gender and the Economy, Distinguished Professor of Gender & the Economy and Professor of Strategic Management at Rotman. She is a co-author of the bestselling business book, Creative Destruction, and more recently Survive and Thrive: Winning Against Strategic Threats to Your Business. Her research explores how organizations participate in and respond to the emergence of new fields and technologies. Her studies examine biotechnology, communications, financial services, nanotechnology and most recently, the field emerging at the nexus of gender and finance.
About the Women’s Legal Education and Action Fund (LEAF)
Since April 17, 1985, when equality rights were enshrined in sections 15 and 28 of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms, LEAF has worked toward equality for women and girls. LEAF intervenes in key cases to ensure that when courts interpret equality rights, there will be a systemic improvement in women’s lives. For more information about LEAF, please visit leaf.ca.