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 Allison Roach Alumna Award

Fiona SAMPSON'81
 
Dr. Fiona Sampson has a vision: to achieve social justice for oppressed women and girls in Africa who are subjected to some of the worst human rights violations in the world today.
 
Fiona originally conceived of “the equality effect” (also known as e2) in 2005, in collaboration with friends and colleagues from Africa, while at Osgoode Hall Law School. Their ambitious goal was clear: alter the status of oppressed women in Africa.
 
Working in Ghana, Kenya and Malawi, the equality effect creates collaborative teams of experts to enforce existing human rights law and to advance public legal education. The teams explore how and why women experience oppression and disadvantage, and how the law can be used as a practical tool to address inequality that includes sexual violence, the increase in HIV/AIDS in women, and the inability to own property.
 
By developing creative legal solutions to address these issues, the equality effect achieves concrete change that can result in increased freedom from violence, improved health, and increased prosperity. The goal is to tell women’s stories in court and to ultimately transform the way that courts understand women’s inequality.
 
Fiona has her Ph.D. in women’s equality law from Osgoode Hall and has published numerous articles on women’s equality and disability rights. She has worked as counsel for the Ontario Human Rights Commission and as the Director of Litigation at the Women’s Legal Education and Action Fund (LEAF). She has represented women’s NGOs in different equality rights cases before the Supreme Court of Canada, and has worked as a legal consultant with, amongst others, the DisAbled Women’s Network (DAWN) Canada, and the Ethiopian Muslim Relief and Development Association.
 
For her far-reaching contributions to the reform of women’s rights in Africa, the Alumnae Association proudly bestows on Fiona Sampson the Allison Roach Alumna Award.

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