Four WHRC-Canada chapters submitted briefs to the Standing Committee on Justice and Human Rights regarding Bill C-6, An Act to amend the Criminal Code (conversion therapy). You can find these here.
In addition, here you can see briefs submitted by other feminist organizations and individuals critical of Bill C-6, including Alberta Radical Feminists, Alberta Women's Advocacy Association, Canadian Gender Report, Canadian Women's Sex-Based Rights, Detrans Canada, LGB-Alliance Canada, Pour les droits des femmes du Québec, We the Females, Linda Blade, Meghan Murphy, Pamela Buffone, and Jane Dobson, among others, and you can also watch the recorded testimony during the related meetings.
There is still time to turn the tide on Bill C-6. It is likely to come to a final vote in February or March. You can write your own and other Members of Parliament explaining feminist objections to this bill.
Canadian Chapter Launch
The Canadian Chapter of the Women’s Human Rights Campaign launched on October 24, 2020. Meghan Murphy of Feminist Current gave an inaugural talk at our first national webinar, the text of which you can find here .
Happily, having gone in with four, we came out of the launch with ten provincial coordinators! They are holding monthly zoom meetings for interested women in their provinces.
We are still seeking coordinators for Prince Edward Island, the Northwest Territories, and Nunavut. In the meantime, if you are a woman from one of these provinces or territories please contact one of the two national coordinators to be invited to the monthly national zoom meetings.
Archived news here.
Gender ID Laws
In June 2017 Canada passed Bill C-16, which amended the Canadian Human Rights Act and the Criminal Code to add the words "gender identity or expression". In the Human Rights Act "gender identity or expression" was added to the list of identifiable groups that are protected from discrimination. In the Criminal Code "gender identity and expression" was added in two places - to the section dealing with hate speech, where it joins the other protected characteristics - and to the section dealing with hate crimes, allowing it to be taken into account during sentencing.
Click here to read a summary of C-16 from Feminist Current published in 2017.