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In March, in the course of preparing the factum on the Gosselin case, NAWL consulted with women anti-poverty activists. Meetings were held in Vancouver, Ottawa, Montréal and Indian Harbour (Nova Scotia). Over forty women with expertise about living in poverty shared their views on the Gosselin case and on the topic of women and social assistance in general.
Women from a variety of groups expressed a keen interest in equality rights issues in the field of social assistance. Participants began to articulate a unique feminist analysis of women’s right to social assistance. Interest was expressed in developing a network on women’s social and economic rights and in looking at women’s poverty as a violation of human rights. Watch for more news about follow-up to the consultation on the Gosselin case.