equality. The Conseil also participates in public debate' on matters affecting women and theiraccess
equality.7. In July 2009, the Conseil asked an independent researcher, Yolande Geadah, to preparean opinion on polygamy and women's rights.
Yolande Geadah is a Quebec author and independent feminist researcher
aspecialist in matters
gender equality and women in development. Her latest book,
Accommodements raisonnables, droit
la difference et non difference des droits
[Reasonableaccommodations: a right to difference, not different rights] (VLB, 2007) won her the 2007 PrixCondorcet from the Quebec Secular Movement. Her first book,
Femmes voilees, integrismesdemasques
[Veiled women: umnasking fundamentalism] (VLB, 1996 and' 2001) was very wellreceived in Quebec and France.
is an uncompromising look at the rise
religiousfundamentalisms and their impact on women. Her second book,
La Prostitution, un metiercomme un autre?
[ProstitUtion: a trade like any other?] (VLB, 2003) deals with
socIal issuessurrounding the globalization
procuring and sex trafficking. She has also authored numerousarticles and briefs about women and development.
Geadah completed the course-work toward a doctorate in Political Science atthe Universite du Quebec
Montreal; she has a Master's in Industrial
Montreal (1980). She has been involved for thitiy years
intercultural educationand international solidarity. She has worked for various agencies
a consultant on internationaldevelopment.
Now shown to me and attached
to this Affidavit is a true copy
the Conseil du statut de la feinme,
La polygamie au regard du droit des femmes,