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Academic Women for Justice
Femmes universitaires pour la justice

Political Action, Advocacy and Strategy Assistance for Academic Women


Latest News

"Breaking the ivy ceiling" by Rosanna Tamburri in University Affairs, November 2016 pp.18-26
If you are a victim of academic bullying, you are not alone. Created in January, 2016, the site http://www.prairieu.ca/ focuses on academic bullying.
"University of Waterloo boosts female faculty pay after wage gap uncovered" by Paola Lorriggio Globe and Mail, Aug 4, 2016

Read Bill 132 and OCUFA’s report on sexual violence on campus

The silencing of sexual assault victims in our Canadian Universities

"Student rape victim awarded $1.5M."

"Our Universities have failed student victims of rape, sexual assault and harassment."

CAUT/ACPPU Bulletin of March 2016: “Unmasking sexism in science”

“Sexism in the academic workplace” p.A3 by Robin Vose in the “President’s column”


Feb. 19, 2016 -- McMaster professor wins OCUFA’s Award of Distinction for improving working conditions for academic women


Feb. 18, 2016 -- OCUFA meets with Ontario’s Gender Wage Gap Steering Committee


Voice your objection to the harassment of academic women fighting for equity and to the indifference and ineffectiveness of our Unions and Faculty Associations. Register for the conference "Perpetual crisis? diversity with equity in the academy" (Feb 7 to Feb 9, 2014)


"New Study Covers Several Reasons for Gender Disparities in Science" by Rosanna Tamburri in University Affairs/Affaires universitaires


Report of the Ontario Human Rights Review 2012 by Andrew Pinto, November 2012


"Strengthening Canada's Research Capacity: The Gender Dimension"


Data check: Women still underrepresented in Canadian universities"


"Canada not alone in terms of gender disparities in research"


Exchanges between AWJ/FUL and HRTO concerning reprisals


"An Old Boy's Club" by Karen Shenfeld (October 2, 2011)


Ryerson engineering professor alleges gender discrimination


AWJ calls for equity accountability at the Canada Research Chairs Program


Call for Contributions to a Collection of Life Stories: Dropped Futures: Stories of Women in Science and Academia


"The Gender Pay Gap among University Professors: The Role of Individual and Organizational Determinants"

Thesis presentation. Monday June 20, 2011

C2059-1 Pavillon Lionel-Groulx, Université de Montréal.


"Overt discrimination may play a role" in salary differential between men and women CAUT, March 2011 No. 5

Welcome to Academic Women for Justice/Femmes universitaires pour la justice

Academic Women for Justice/Femmes universitaires pour la justice (AWJ-FUJ) is a non-profit, self-funded association committed to advancing the cause of women's equality on Canadian university and college campuses.

Despite legislation and measures to end discrimination, too many women working or studying in Canada continue to suffer unfair barriers to realising their full potential in the academic community.

The Association's goal is to ensure that all post-secondary educational institutions in Canada, in their regulations, procedures, and practices, respect Canada's commitment under the United Nations' Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW).

Bienvenue au site de Femmes universitaires pour la justice/Academic Women for Justice

Femmes universitaires pour la justice / Academic Women for Justice est une association à but non-lucratif qui vise à promouvoir l'égalité des femmes dans les universités et collèges canadiens.

En dépit des lois et des mesures mises en place pour mettre fin à la discrimination, trop de femmes qui travaillent ou étudient au Canada font toujours face à des obstacles qui les empêchent de s'épanouir pleinement au sein de la communauté universitaire.

L'objectif principal de l'Association est de s'assurer que les institutions post-secondaires au Canada, dans leurs réglements, processus et pratiques, respectent les engagements du Canada en vertu de la Convention des Nations Unies pour l'Elimination de toutes les formes de discriminations contre les femmes.


Equity Cases

Academic Women for Justice/Femmes universitaires pour la justice will be providing information on cases currently before Tribunals in Canada.

Galina Okouneva vs. Ryerson University

HRT Interim Decision: Galina Okouneva v. Ryerson University, September 11, 2012

HRT Interim Decision: Galina Okouneva v. Ryerson University, June 15, 2012  


Adele Mercier vs. Queen's University

HRT Interim Decision: Adele Mercier vs. Queen's University, February 15, 2013

HRT Interim Decision: Adele Mercier vs. Queen's University, September 14, 2012

HRT Interim Decision: Adele Mercier vs. Queen's University, August 21, 2012

HRT Interim Decision: Adele Mercier vs. Queen's University, June 9, 2011

HRT Interim Decision: Adele Mercier vs. Queen's University, May 27, 2011

Interim Decision: March 10, 2011


Emily Carasco vs. The University of Windsor

Emily Carasco, a Professor at the Faculty of Law, University of Windsor applied for the position of Dean at the Faculty in November 2009. As of February 2010, she was one of the final two candidates on the short list. During the final stages of the interview process, Richard Moon, a colleague of the applicant and the personal respondent, came forward with allegations that the applicant had participated in plagiarism. This was made known to the Search Committee. Emily Carasco alleges that the actions of Richard Moon, the Search Committee and its chair amount to discrimination against her on the basis of race and sex. She alleges that their actions would not have been taken had the Faculty not been on the brink of choosing a woman of colour as its Dean.

Here are a few of the numerous HRT decisions concerning this complaint:

HRT Interim Decision: Emily Carasco vs. University of Windsor and Richard Moon, January 26, 2012

HRT Interim Decision: Emily Carasco vs. University of Windsor and Richard Moon, October 26, 2011

Academic Women for Justice applies for Intervenor Status

HRT Interim Decision on Intervenor Status: Emily Carasco vs. University of Windsor and Richard Moon, March 31, 2011

HRT Interim Decision: Emily Carasco vs. University of Windsor and Richard Moon, October 15, 2010


Dianne Ford vs. Nipissing University

HRT Final Decision Dianne Ford vs Nipissing University, January 28, 2011


Jennifer Chan vs. The University of British Columbia

HRT Interim Decision Jennifer Chan v The University of British Columbia, January 23, 2012

Professor files complaint against UBC for 'racial bias' by Mark Hume, Globe and Mail, April 19, 2011

HRT Interim Decision: December 21, 2010


Anne Marie Miraglia vs. University of Waterloo

In 2008, Professor Anne Marie Miraglia filed a complaint against the University of Waterloo with the Ontario Human Rights Tribunal, alleging that she had been the victim of sexual discrimination in the process leading to her promotion to full professor, on the grounds, among others, that she was asked to wait a year while the file of a more junior, and less qualified male colleague was put forward for promotion to full professor, that she was subjected to harassment by the Department Chair, following her request for promotion, and that the Department Chair and, the Dean, Ken Coates intervened in a discriminatory manner in the promotion process. The Ontario Human Rights Tribunal issued an interim decision on the obligation of the University of Waterloo to disclose pertinent documentation. HRT-Interim Decision Disclosure - October 29, 2009

In July 2010, the Tribunal announced a negative decision, affirming that the differential treatment given Professor Miraglia was not discriminatory under the Code. Final Decision Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario - July 5, 2010

In August 2010, Professor Anne Marie Miraglia filed a "Request for Reconsideration-RD" (Form 20) pointing out substantial failings on the part of the Tribunal during the hearing process and numerous errors in fact in how her case was represented in the Tribunal decision. Full access to this document is available through FIPPA (Freedom of Information and Privacy Protection Act).

On November 17, 2010, the HRT Vice-Chair did not find "compelling and extraordinary circumstances that require the Decision to be reconsidered". Final Decision.


HRT Decision: August 15, 2005 -- Women 2000 vs. the University of Saskatchewan


Dr. Susan J. Hemmings versus University of Saskatchewan

HRT Decision 2: July 30, 2002

HRT Decision 1: May 23, 2001