Full equality: not yet, not everywhere
Formed in 1985, West Coast LEAF's mandate is to use the law to create an equal and just society for all women and people who experience gender discrimination in BC.
In collaboration with community, we use litigation, law reform, and public legal education to make change.
Currently we aim to transform society by achieving: access to health care; access to justice; economic security; freedom from gender-based violence; justice for those who are criminalized and incarcerated; and the right to parent.
What People Are Saying
"West Coast LEAF is our best hope for women's equality before the courts, for women's equal opportunity in employment and in relationships, and for fairness in how society treats its vulnerable."
— Former Board member
"The discussion today on the CBC's Sunday Edition with Kasari Govender on cyber misogyny was excellent. Congratulations for this important work, for the report, and for the recommendations."
— Jo-Ann Kolmes
"I used a case for which West Coast Leaf was an intervener to defend myself against my ex-husband who was unfairly trying to vary my support payments.Thanks for all the good work!"
— Email received October 2 2014
"I want to draw attention to the recent report by West Coast Leaf called “#CyberMisogyny” that is entirely about what all of us at the federal, provincial and municipal levels, in our schools and even in our homes can do to begin putting an end to cyber-misogyny."
— Niki Ashton, NDP MP for Churchill Manitoba, in the House of Commons, Read More
"Huge TY to Isabel at @WestCoast_LEAF for the interactive, informative and FUN talk on Worker's Rights in our last session!"
— Intersections Media on twitter