Michael Celik, supported by a men’s rights group entitled In Search of Justice, challenged Wen-Do Women’s Self-Defense Corporation-a women’s only self defense program. Mr. Celik argued that his rights to equal treatment under the Ontario Human Rights Code were denied when he was not allowed to participate in the class. Wen-Do offers a unique service by providing a safe space to women to speak about their fears and experiences related to sexual violence.
LEAF argued that Wen-Do’s mandate was geared toward promoting women’s equality and was therefore not in violation of human rights legislation. The Human Rights Commission agreed with LEAF and ruled that it was not discrimination to deny a man access to a self-defence course designed for women.