Collection 10-187 - Constitute! collection

Global conversations with Sally Armstrong: Interview with Dr. Sima Samar Global conversations with Sally Armstrong: Interview with Malalai Joya Dr. Carrie Best speaking at the Women's Constitutional Conference, February 14th, 1981, Parliamen... Global conversations with Sally Armstrong: Interview with Mary Balikungeri Global conversations with Sally Armstrong: Interview with Joanne St. Lewis Interview with Murwarid Ziayee Interview with Dr. Sima Samar in Kabul, Afghanistan Lerato Legoabe speaking at the Canadian Forum on Women's Activism in Constitutional and Democrati... Margaret Tuhumwire annoucing a development project for Entebbe Women's Association (EWA) in Enteb... Global conversations with Sally Armstrong: Interview with Dr. Gertrude Fester
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Constitute! collection

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CA ON0034 10-187

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  • 1981-2019 (Creation)
    Bazilli, Susan

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1 website (Archve-It/WaybackMachine)
14 moving images (mp4): colour; 3.16 GB

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Susan Bazilli is a lawyer, author, educator, social entrepreneur and advocate, who has worked globally on issues of women's rights for more than 30 years. A graduate of Osgoode Hall Law School (LL.B.) and UBC (LL.M.), she lived and worked in South Africa from 1985-1991, and is the editor of the groundbreaking text "Putting Women on the Agenda: Women, Law and the Constitution in Southern Africa". From 1992 - 1997, she was the Legal Director of METRAC, The Metropolitan Committee on Violence Against Women in Toronto, Canada, and founded the Internet-based Ontario Women's Justice Network. In 1997 she became the first Executive Director of the California Alliance Against Domestic Violence. From 2003-2007, Susan was the Co-Director with Marilou McPhedran for the non-profit organization the International Women's Rights Project (IWRP) based in Vancouver, BC. Susan went on to become sole Director of IWRP from 2007 onwards (Susan is the Director at the time of writing in 2021). IWRP advocates for women’s human rights, strengthens Women’s NGOs in Canada and around the world, and encourages implementation of international human rights standards through collaboration, participatory research, and evidence-based advocacy on a project-by-project basis. In 2010 Susan was the Executive Producer and Writer for the documentary film Constitute!, a project of IWRP which documents women's constitutional activism for the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms (Sections 15 and 18) on February 14th, 1981. Susan's international missions have included many UN missions and assignments on peace building, rule of law, gender based violence, sustainable development, international trans-boundary waters, gender mainstreaming within the Global Environment Facility, and gender equality laws in Mongolia and, South East Asia; women's human rights training in Bosnia, Lithuania and East Africa for Women Law and Development International; bilateral missions in Azerbaijan, Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan for the OSCE; trainings in ICTs for development in the Baltic and Balkan regions for USAID and CIDA; evaluating the use of CEDAW by grassroots NGOs; managing the gender program for the American Bar Association - CEELI Program in Russia; developing and coordinating a seven country Southern African Women's Legal Rights program. D).

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The collection consists of audiovisual material and an archived website. The audiovisual files document interviews, talks, or events with women activists fighting for women's constitutional and human rights. Women activists featured in the collection come from Canada, Afghanistan, South Africa, Rwanda, and Uganda. The archived website is a multi-media educational resource from the International Women's Rights Project (IWRP). The records date from 1981-2019 and were collected by Susan Bazilli or IWRP. Some of the interviews and footage appear in IWRP's documentary film Constitute! while others document IWRP projects .

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Records were donated to the uOttawa Library Archives and Special Collections by Susan Bazilli in accession ACC-2019-17 and ACC-2020-04.


Digital files were acquired from the donor's Vimeo account, or through emails to the archives.

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  • English

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ACC-2020-04-01 package in Ontario Library Research Cloud (OLRC) for audiovisual material. website was archived using Archive-It Wayback Machine

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There are no access restrictions on these materials. All materials are open for research.

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All rights remain with University of Ottawa Library. Contact Archives and Special Collections for copyright information.

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Creation April 2021

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