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Marilou McPhedran fonds
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Marilou McPhedran fonds

  • F0514
  • Fonds
  • 1973-2016, predominant 1985-2003

Fonds consists of records created and accumulated by Marilou McPhedran through her activities as a lawyer, legal reformer, and activist. These records illustrate the breadth and variety of McPhedran's work in the areas of constitutional reform, women's international and national rights, women's health, and violence against women and children. Included in the fonds are administrative records of a number of non-profit organizations and committees of which she was a founder, including the Women's Legal Education Action Fund, the Gerstein Centre, the Metropolitan Action Committee on Violence against Women and Children, and the Ad Hoc Committee of Canadian Women on the Constitution. Other records in this fonds, including subject files, correspondence and conference materials, document McPhedran's academic, research and writing work and her contracted work for women's health organizations.

McPhedran, Marilou

National Network on Environments and Women's Health files

Series consists of records created and accumulated by Marilou McPhedran while executive coordinator of York University's National Network on Environments and Women's Health (NNEWH) from 2001 to 2003. The records in this series document McPhedran's participation in a number of NNEWH's initiatives, particularly the preparation of a report titled "Rural and remote women's health : research and policy directions" and the organization of conferences, focus groups and research pertaining to that project. Also included in this series are records pertaining to McPhedran's administrative work for NNEWH and her management of work plans, budgets, and personnel. Some of these records relate to McPhedran's departure from NNEWH in 2003. Files in this series include reports, pamphlets, journal articles, correspondence, financial statements, memoranda, minutes, work plans, agendas, newspaper clippings, conference materials, and presentation slides (paper version).

E&D and MMc

File consists of records pertaining to the examination for discovery of Marilou McPhedran in the libel lawsuit brought against her by the Ontario Medical Association (OMA). Also included are letters of support for McPhedran from doctors.

Newspaper articles

File consists of newspaper articles pertaining to cases of the sexual abuse of patients by their physicians and to the formation of a task force on this issued to be headed by Marilou McPhedran in 2000. Some articles in this file have been annotated by McPhedran.

OMA : faxes

File consists of letters sent by Dr. Harvey Armstrong to members of the Ontario Medical Association (OMA) Council in support of Marilou McPhedran regarding the lawsuit against her by the OMA.

Pelvic bonding case

File consists of copies of College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario Discipline Committee reports of proceedings pertaining to cases involving the sexual abuse of patients by their physicians.

Speeches and speaking engagement files

Series consists of records pertaining to Marilou McPhedran's speaking engagements and speeches given by McPhedran at conferences and other events in Canada between 1984 and 2005. These records reflect the scope of McPhedran's areas of interest and knowledge, including topics involving constitutional issues, women's health and legal rights, and sexual abuse and harassment. Files in this series include correspondence, transcripts of speeches, pamphlets, conference materials, newspaper clippings and magazine articles, notes, memoranda, brochures, a photograph, an audio cassette and a video recording.

April 18 speech

File consists of pamphlets, information sheets and brochures pertaining to New Directions and a letter regarding a speech given to the organization by McPhedran.

Voice of Women for Peace - Canada : speaking notes and reference materials

File pertains to McPhedran’s presentation on behalf of Canadian Voice of Women for Peace to the Canadian Senate to express concerns about on Canada’s Action Plan for the Implementation of United Nations Security Council Resolutions on Women, Peace and Security. Included in the file are her speaking notes, a copy of the Action Plan, a Commission on the Status of Women draft agreed conclusions on “Challenges and achievements in the implementation of the Millennium Development Goals for women and girls”, and the Fall 2011 issue of “Voices : newsletter of the Canadian Voice of Women for Peace” featuring a photo of McPhedran on the cover.

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