Vancouver Rape Relief

Vancouver Rape Relief

November 29, 2012 12:00 ET

Women's Equality Absent from the Missing Women's Inquiry: A Roundtable Discussion

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - Nov. 29, 2012) -

What: The Oppal report into the failings of the police and justice system response to women who were allowed to disappear from Vancouver's downtown eastside has already been delivered to the provincial government, but has yet to be made public. The inquiry, a process led by Commissioner Wally Oppal made it impossible for issues of women's equality to be considered. It is expected that women's equality issues will be absent from the final report as well.
As part of the Montreal Massacre Memorial for the National day of Remembrance and Action on Violence against Women, local feminist activists will discuss: What was missing in the Missing Women Inquiry? How was the inquiry used as a platform to undermine a women's equality agenda? And, how can we press the police to protect women from male violence?
When: Saturday, Dec. 1, 2012
12:00pm - 1:30pm
Where: Vancouver Public Library, 350 West Georgia
Alice Mackay Room (Lower Level of Library Square)
Who: Sharon McIvor - Canadian Feminist Alliance For International Action (FAFIA)
Trisha Baptie - formerly Exploited Voices now Educating (EVE)
Lee Lakeman - Vancouver Rape Relief & Women's Shelter
Suzanne Jay - Asian Women Coalition Ending Prostitution
Jacquelyn Gullion - Canadian Association of Sexual Assault Centres (CASAC)
Christine Boyle, QC - Professor Emeritus Faculty of Law, UBC
Professor Janine Benedet - Faculty of Law, UBC

The Montreal Massacre Memorial is an all day event hosted by Vancouver Rape Relief & Women Shelter for the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence against Women held at the Vancouver Public Library. The event includes an art exhibition, film festival, lecture series and roundtable conversations. All events are free and open the public.

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