The Fight for Substantive Equality: Women's Activism and Section 15 Of The Charter of Rights
This article discusses the role of women’s groups in the development of section 15 of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, the Charter’s principal equality rights guarantee, entrenched in the Constitution in 1981. Thanks to the leadership of Doris Anderson, submissions to the Special Joint Committee on the Constitution from the Canadian Advisory Council on the Status of Women (CACSW), the National Action Committee on the Status of Women (NAC), and the National Association of Women and the Law (NAWL) were instrumental in securing changes to section 15. However, the version in the entrenched Charter still fell short of women’s aspirations.
Cet article aborde le rôle des groupes féministes dans l’élaboration de l’article 15 de la Charte canadienne des droits et libertés, principale garantie de l’égalité des droits dans la Charte, incorporée à la Constitution en 1981. Grâce au leadership de Doris Anderson, les soumissions au Comité mixte spécial sur la Constitution du Canada faites par le Conseil consultatif canadien sur la situation de la femme (CCCSF), le Comité canadien d’action sur le statut de la femme (CCASF) et l’Association nationale Femme et Droit (ANFD) ont joué un rôle déterminant dans l’obtention des modifications à l’article 15. Toutefois, la version incorporée à la Charte ne répondait toujours pas pleinement aux aspirations des femmes.
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