It all started when…

In March 2014, Aishah Nofal and Amanda Ghahremani of the Feminist Collective of McGill Law launched McGill Law’s first feminist photo campaign. Unlike Law Needs Feminism Because, this campaign used the prompt: “I am a Feminist and I am […]” to challenge the idea of what it means to identify as a feminist.

Professors, law students and alumni were amongst those photographed and quotes included “I am a Muslim woman and I am a feminist” or “I was raised by a single father and I am a feminist”, and even “I went to an all-boys school and I am a feminist”. This photo campaign (which caught the eye of the Huffington Post, Grazia Magazine (France), Elle Magazine (France), Ms Blog and Mic (among others)) planted the seeds for the Feminist Collective of McGill Law’s second photo campaign two years later: 33 portraits using the hashtag #LawNeedsFeminismBecause as a prompt.

It was for this reason that we were so thrilled that Amanda Ghahremani joined us as the keynote speaker for our first ever national forum in March 2017: her participation spoke to the arc of the Feminist Collective of McGill Law’s advocacy efforts over the years. We are so proud of these two McGill Law alumnae and the work they continue to do. Aishah is now an immigration and refugee lawyer at Wazana Law, and Amanda, the Legal Director of the Canadian Centre for International Justice (CCIJ).

The above portraits are from the Feminist Collective of McGill Law’s second photo campaign which launched on April 1, 2016. Photography by Whitney Lewis-Smith & graphic design by Huot & Vallentin.