April 17, 1985, LEAF was founded to ensure Canadian courts do protect the equality provisions in s. 15 and s. 28 of the Charter.
LEAF’s founding mothers created LEAF to defend the equality rights enshrined in the Charter of Rights and Freedoms. Over its thirty years, the battles LEAF has fought in the courts have achieved many victories and advanced substantive equality for women and girls in Canada.
In 1985 it was against the law in Yukon for a married woman to change her name to her birth name. LEAF’s first case was a challenge to the Yukon Change of Name Act on behalf of Suzanne Bertrand. Suzanne Bertrand’s case was just one of many times LEAF stepped in to protect the rights of women and girls in Canada, and we’ll be celebrating our commitment and successes throughout 2015.
Throughout our 30th year, LEAF will be holding events across Canada. We are also celebrating LEAF’s long history of protecting equality rights by marking significant cases on twitter follow @LeafNational for links and information on these significant cases throughout the year.
To read more about some of LEAF‘s cases, click here.
On our thirtieth birthday, one of LEAF‘s co-founders, Elizabeth Shilton, wrote Thirty Years Since the Charter’s Equality Provisions and LEAF’s Founding. Where is Equality Now?
LEAF works to ensure Canadian courts do, in fact, provide the equality rights guaranteed to women and girls by Section 15 of the Canadian Charter. Our strength comes from a small staff team in Toronto, member branches in several provinces, scores of active volunteers who serve on committees, a national board and our affiliate, West Coast LEAF, in British Columbia.