Using the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms to Constitute Women
In B. Baines and R. Rubio-Marin, eds., The Gender of Constitutional Jurisprudence (Cambridge University Press, 2005)
25 Pages Posted: 6 Sep 2012 Last revised: 18 Apr 2015
Date Written: August 15, 2003
After examining the role of feminists in the development of the equality doctrine under the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, this chapter assesses Charter sex equality and related jurisprudence from 1985 to 2003. My objective is to reveal the initial impact on women of adopting a rights protecting regime. This impact falls into three categories (i) naming male privilege, (ii) contextualizing women, and (iii) transforming society. The results show much work remains to be done if we expect equality doctrine to transform women’s lives.
Keywords: women, Canada, Charter
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