2016 OBA Award of Excellence in the Promotion of Women’s Equality

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The OBA Women Lawyers Forum Section is pleased to announce Sukanya Pillay, Executive Director and General Counsel, Canadian Civil Liberties Association & Education Trust is the recipient of the 2016 OBA Award of Excellence in the Promotion of Women?s Equality.

Sukanya has worked in both the public and private sectors in Canada and abroad for the past 26 years. She has focused on issues relating to women refugees, women?s health care, and the right for women to meaningfully participate in democracies. In particular, she has also advocated for women?s freedom of religion, expression and speech; for women?s right to food and food security; for women?s economic, social and cultural rights; and for women?s mobility rights. She has used her written submissions, op-eds, legal papers, and video documentaries to advocate for these rights, including but not limited to the plight of refugee women in North Africa, the right of women to food and livelihood in India, and the right of a woman to wear a niqab in the courtroom and in public spaces in Canada.

Ms. Pillay will be honoured at an award dinner at our Twenty Toronto Street Conferences and Events Centre on June 22, 2016.

See the announcement at the Ontario Bar Association.

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Speaker’s Corner: A story of unchecked power

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In March of this year, two men died within a week while in the custody of the Canada Border Services Agency in Ontario ? one in an immigration holding centre and the other in a jail. One of them reportedly committed suicide, and the cause of death of the other is still unknown. In December 2013, a woman in CBSA custody in British Columbia died in hospital after trying to hang herself at an airport holding centre; the death was not publicly reported until a month later.

Read the rest of the article at Law Times.

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