Inequality and Rights: A Feminist Perspective
Inaugural Annual Rosemary Brown Memorial Conference
Saturday, September 13, 2014
8:30 AM to 1:00 PM
Room 1700, Labatt Hall
SFU Harbour Centre
Free, but reservation required: sfu.ca/reserve
Rosemary Brown campaigned tirelessly in her lifetime for the rights of marginalized groups. A distinguished social worker and the first Black woman to be elected to a Canadian legislature, she was also a respected feminist and academic, teaching at SFU as the Ruth Wynn Woodward Chair in Women's Studies. She served as the Chief Commissioner of the Ontario Human Rights Commission and on many Boards that were committed to equality principles. She was awarded the Order of BC and became an Officer of the Order of Canada and a Commander of the Order of Distinction of Jamaica. This conference will honour her legacy by bringing together academics and members of the broader community to talk about issues of diversity, persistent inequality, and social justice.
Margot Young, Faculty of Law, University of British Columbia
Habiba Zaman, Department of Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies, Simon Fraser University
Marcy Cohen, Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives
Carol Martin, Victim Services Worker, Downtown Eastside Women’s Centre
Cecily Nicholson, No One is Illegal and Social Housing Alliance of BC
Saylesh Wesley, PhD Candidate, SFU, and Chilliwack Field Centre Coordinator, NITEP, UBC
The Rosemary Brown Award Committee includes representatives from the BC Human Rights Coalition, UN Association, BC Federation of Labour, Congress of Black Women Foundation, BC Association of Social Workers, Society for Children and Youth of BC, and University Women of Vancouver.