On October 20, 2014, the National Association of Women and the Law Charitable Trust for Research and Education and Raven, Cameron, Ballantyne and Yazbeck LLP launched the Alison Dewar Scholarship in Women’s Equality, Labour and Human Rights Law at the University of Ottawa, Faculty of Law. A community of students, along with Alison’s friends and colleagues gathered to celebrate Alison’s strong commitment to social justice and feminist lawyering.
The annual scholarship provides financial support for a female student in University of Ottawa’s Faculty of Common Law who is interested in pursuing a career in some combination of women’s equality and union-side labour, workers’ rights or human rights law.
Morgan is the first recipient of the Alison Dewar Scholarship in Women’s Equality, Labour and Human Rights Law. She has worked as an organizer for the Public Service Alliance of Canada, as a steward for CUPE, and recently wrote a paper analyzing the Public Sector Equitable Compensation Act from different feminist theoretical perspectives. Her volunteer involvement is impressive and includes time in a free legal clinic specializing in immigration and refugee law (conducting country of origin research on gendered violence for female refugee claimants’ applications) and co-founding the Feminist Legal Collective, a campus group aiming to build a feminist community at the University of Ottawa.
Nhi is the second recipient of the Alison Dewar Scholarship in Women’s Equality, Labour and Human Rights Law. She describes herself as having a deep commitment to women’s equality rights and a “keen interest” in employment, labour and human rights law. In her role as Chair of the University of Ottawa’s Task Force on Respect and Equality, she gathered students’ ideas on how to improve the university’s internal processes “so that women can thrive in an environment free of harassment and sexualized violence”.
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