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The Supreme Court of Canada granted the Asian Women Coalition Ending Prostitution intervenor status in the Bedford case regarding the laws on prostitution. In preparation for the decision from the Supreme Court to come on December 20th, 2013, we have compiled a collection documents and background information on our position and involvement in the case.
*NEW* Press Release - December 20, 2013: Asian Women look to Parliament after Supreme Court offers partial support for progressive position on prostitution.
(VANCOUVER) Local feminist group Asian Women Coalition Ending Prostitution applauds the decision of the Supreme Court of Canada to strike down laws criminalizing prostituted women. However, the group is deeply disturbed that the Court, in striking down the laws as they applied to men who engage in prostitution as brothel-keepers, pimps, johns, and advertisers, did not take into account the profoundly racist and sexist nature of prostitution. The decision to strike down the bawdy-house, living on the avails, and communication in public offences is suspended for a year, giving Parliament time to introduce new laws. Click article title for more.
Press Release - December 18th, 2013: Asian Women asked Supreme Court to help stem sexualization of racism by taking alternative approach to prostitution laws
"Members of a local feminist group, Asian Women Coalition Ending Prostitution will learn the decision of the Supreme Court in Bedford vs Canada on December 20, 2013. The group was an intervenor in the case, which was heard on June 13, 2013."
Factum of the Asian Women Coalition Ending Prostitution
The decision of the Bedford court case will have a direct and critical impact on Asian women’s self determination, as individuals and as a group. We argue in our factum that prostitution will normalize the racism and sexism that impede Asian women’s ability to have access to the equal protection of Charter rights such as security of the person.
Oral argument to the Supreme Court
Watch the recording of our oral argument to the Supreme Court, presented by co-counsel for the Asian Women Coalition Ending Prostitution, Gwendoline Allison, on Thursday June 13, 2013. Case # 34788 Attorney General of Canada, et al. v. Terri Jean Bedford et al. (June 13, 2013), first recording at time 102:30.
Also watch the oral argument of Janine Benedet, co-counsel for the Women's Abolition Coalition, at 112:20.
International Day of No Prostitution: A statement from the Asian Women Coalition Ending Prostitution
International Day of No Prostitution offers a day to join a growing feminist movement in our commitment to ending prostitution around the world in favour of women’s sexual and racial equality.
Press conference, May 8th 2013: Asian Women Coalition to intervene in Supreme Court case that will decide about prostitution
We held a press conference to announce we would be intervenors in the Bedford case on May 8th, 2013. Alice Lee (Asian Women Coalition Ending Prostitution), Juliane Okot Bitek (Congress of Black Women), Jackie Lynne (Indigenous Women Against the Sex Industry), and co-counsel to the Asian Women Coalition Ending Prostitution, Gwendoline Allison.
Asian Women Coalition Ending Prostitution: Statement on the Bedford Case
Alice Lee: "Asian Women Coalition Ending Prostitution has applied for leave to intervene in the Bedford vs Canada Supreme Court of Canada case and we have been granted intervenor status. We work on this issue because as Asian women, we have a major stake in how society chooses to deal with prostitution."
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