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March 28, 2008

The “Forum on Women’s Activism in Constitutional and Democractic Reform” convened on Parliament Hill, February 13–15, 2006, to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the historic 1981 Ad Hoc Women and the Constitution conference, that led to creation of Section 28 – the first “notwithstanding” clause in the constitution – promising that “all the rights and freedoms” in the Charter of Rights and Freedoms “are guaranteed equally to male and female persons.”

This website was created to archive both meetings. And it can now be found at
Women, Constitutions, and Democratic Renewal


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  • September 22: fall equinox

    by Pat Hacker

    All religious traditions seem to have legends about going into the underworld to return again – a symbolic theme of death and rebirth that appears in a lot of popular films, too. The most famous and loved myth of the fall equinox and autumn season is that of Demeter and Persephone. One of devotion, faith, determination and sisterhood, it is a story about women. It is also the best way to understand why we have winter. read more