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Supreme Court decision underscores substantive equality for women with disabilities

Nov 6 2020: At today’s hearing the Supreme Court allowed the appeal in R v Slatter. In its reasons the Court recognized that over-reliance on generalizations about women with disabilities can perpetuate harmful myths and stereotypes, creating barriers to justice. When assessing a witness’s evidence, the focus must be on the individual’s actual capacities, rather than general evidence about her disability. A welcome decision that strengthens substantive equality for women with disabilities! ARCH is proud to have intervened in this case in coalition with LEAF and DAWN.

To watch an archive webcast of the hearing go to: https://www.scc-csc.ca/case-dossier/info/webcast-webdiffusion-eng.aspx?cas=38870



November 6, 2020

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