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WEBINAR: Youth Agency and the Culture of Law: A Canadian Curriculum on Forced Marriage

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Date(s) - December 14, 2015
2:00 pm - 3:30 pm



How can we introduce students to the concept of Forced Marriage? Learn more in our next national webinar.

Book-Club-240x240Canada’s Youth Agency and the Culture of the Law curriculum (available in Arabic, English, French, Punjabi, and Urdu) aims to help students explore the legal concepts of “age of majority”, “minimum marriage age,” and “guardianship” in Canada. It is in this legal context that the curriculum introduces the concepts of “forced marriage” and “emancipation” as particular problems for students to consider.

This webinar will cover the early development and design of the curriculum, as well as the process of consultation with teachers and the NGO community in refining and finalizing the content. Progress with implementation and teacher reception will be shared as well as reflections on the impact of the newly passed Zero Tolerance for Barbaric Cultural Practices legislation on the curriculum.

This webinar is being presented as part of the National Network to Prevent Forced Marriage Quarterly Webinar Series. It is designed for educators and school/university staff, youth advocates, social workers and counselors, community advocates, domestic violence and legal service providers, shelter staff, and others who may encounter survivors or individuals facing forced marriage as part of their work.

There is no cost to register for this online event.


Anver M. Emon – Professor of Law and Canada Research Chair in Religion, Pluralism and the Rule of Law at the University of Toronto Faculty of Law (Director of the Forced Marriage Curriculum Project)

Persia Etemadi – University of Toronto JD/MSW Candidate (Principal Drafter)

Deepa Mattoo – Staff Lawyer at South Asian Legal Clinic of Ontario

Sarah Pole – Director of Law in Action Within Schools