On February 6, 2019, David Yazbeck spoke on a panel on advocacy for sexual and reproductive health and rights. The panel was organized by Action Canada for Sexual Health and Rights and Oxfam Canada. Panellists touched on aspects of advocacy from the grassroots to international efforts. Remarks were also given by the Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of International Development, Kamal Khera, highlighting the federal government’s efforts in promoting sexual and reproductive health and rights, particularly its support for feminist and women’s rights organizations.
David is acting as pro bono counsel for Action Canada for Sexual Health and Rights, which has intervened in an application for judicial review before the Federal Court. This application challenges the federal government’s requirement that organizations receiving summer jobs funding attest to their programs being consistent with the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. Action Canada has intervened to support the government’s position that this requirement is legitimate and necessary.