Hats off to Justice

OTTAWA – On March 8th, the National Association of Women and the Law (NAWL) will celebrate the remarkable career of Madame Justice Claire L’Heureux-Dubé, who will be retiring from the Superior Court of Canada in July 2002. Hats Off to Equality, a celebration marking International Women’s Day, will provide an opportunity to reflect on the gains women have made, as well as remind us that there is more work to be done. Madame Justice L’Heureux-Dubé will be honoured for her long-standing commitment to equality rights.

“She’s made a real difference in the lives of women living in Canada,” says Bonnie Diamond, executive director of NAWL. “Madame Justice L’Heureux-Dubé dared to bring equality analysis to her judgements. She helped bring to life equality promises of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms.”

Hats Off to Equality coincides with NAWL’s 14th Biennial Conference, on the theme of Women, the Family and the State, from March 7-10. This conference brings together lawyers, academics, front-line advocates and other activists from across the country to discuss the most important issues women face today.

The event will take place in the Colonel By Room at the Ottawa Congress Centre on March 8 at 5:30 pm. The evening’s line-up includes Martha Jackman and Constance Backhouse, professors of Law at the University of Ottawa; Nathalie Des Rosiers, president of the Law Commission of Canada; and a vignette by Joan Gullen and playwright Dorothy O’Connell.

NAWL is a national non-profit women’s organization that promotes the equality rights of women through legal education, research and law reform advocacy.