Battered Women’s Support Services Legal Services and Advocacy Program Presents:

Women Seeking Justice

Women Seeking Justice Forum convenes a former judge, researchers, academics, lawyers, legal advocates, and feminist thinkers to illuminate pressing legal issues for women in law practice and policy including Indigenous, international, immigration, refugee, criminal, family, and poverty.

Confirmed Presenters:

 MC Niki Sharma – BWSS Board Member and Lawyer

 Opening and Territorial Welcome – Audrey Siegl, Musqueam Nation

Legal Advocacy and Violence Against Women

Vicky Law, BWSS Legal Advocate

Multiple Proceedings and Intimate Partner Violence: A Dangerous Disconnect

The Honourable Donna Martinson

Aboriginal Women and Girls on the International Agenda

Sharon McIvor, Nlekepmux, from the Lower Nicola Indian Band, Activist, Lawyer, College Professor.

Preliminary Findings from a BC Study of RCMP cases of Intimate Partner Violence:  Does Gender Symmetry Exist?

Dr. Margaret Jackson, Professor Emerita, School of Criminology and, Director, the FREDA Centre for Research on Violence against Women and Children at SFU

Toward a Sanctuary City:  Reflections from Lucia Jimenez Coroner’s Inquest

Rosa Elena Arteaga, Manager, Direct Services and Clinical Practice, Battered Women’s Support Services

Conditional Permanent Residence: The Dangers of Making Immigration Status Conditional on Living with your Spouse

Lobat Sadrehashemi, Staff Lawyer at BC Public Interest Advocacy Office

Women and Homelessness: Challenging Apathy in Policy and Practice

Angela Marie MacDougall, Executive Director, Battered Women’s Support Services

Violence Against Women and the Family Law Act: Early Jurisprudence

Susan Boyd, Professor of Law and Chair in Feminist Legal Studies, University of British Columbia

When:              Friday, March 6, 2015

9 am to 1 pm

Where:             SFU Harbour Centre

#1700-Labatt Hall, 515 West Hastings Street, Vancouver, Coast Salish Territory

Refreshments will be provided.

Webcast will be available.

RSVP for the event or webcast by emailing

Many thanks to our sponsors:

Central City Foundation, The Law Foundation of BC and My Sister’s Closet-Social Enterprise of Battered Women’s Support Services

BWSS International Womens Day - POSTER_FYou can download the poster here.

If you could do something to end violence against girls and women, wouldn’t you?