When women’s voices are heard, policy outcomes tend to be better. Unfortunately however, the perspectives of feminists remain underrepresented in the media and in law reform processes. This four hour interactive and applied workshop hosted by the National Association of Women and the Law (NAWL/ANFD) and led by Shari Graydon, media expert and founder of Informed Opinions, will provide participants with the confidence and tools to contribute their expertise to the public discourse on feminist law reform issues, through compelling, short-form written commentary for newspaper op ed pages and online sites. The workshop will equip the participants to:
- Own and articulate their authority as experts and advocates on a feminist legal issue;
- Understand the essential elements and format of newspaper commentaries, including how to build a concise, persuasive and accessible argument that is likely to engage a lay audience;
- Increase their publication prospects by linking their feminist legal expertise to the news and enhancing the relevancy and timeliness of their knowledge; and
- Submit their work to online and print editors.
This workshop on writing op eds on equality rights issues has a specific focus on the right to abortion in Canada, the attestation added to the Canada Summer Jobs Program, and the government’s legal obligation to protect and promote women’s Charter rights. Registered participants will be provided with a survey to complete and instructions on how to prepare for the workshop. Participants who complete the workshop and submit their op ed to an online or print editor will receive a certificate.
This op ed writing workshop will be held at Pier 21 in Halifax, from 8:00-12:00 a.m. on February 23rd, immediately prior to the start of the LNFB national forum. Space is limited, so if you are interested in participating, please register by Wednesday February 20, 2019.
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