Leilani Farha, Legal Advisor
Leilani is a leading expert and advocate on economic and social human rights, especially for women. She has a long history promoting the right to adequate housing, equality and non-discrimination in housing in Canada and internationally. Prior to joining Canada Without Poverty, Leilani was the Executive Director of the Centre for Equality Rights in Accommodation for 12 years. She has extensive experience addressing homelessness, poverty and inequality in Canada through advocacy, casework, litigation, research and community based work. She has been at the forefront of applying international human rights law to anti-poverty issues in Canada, and is known internationally for her work on housing rights and women’s economic and social rights. In 2014, she was appointed by the United Nations Human Rights Council to the position of United Nations Special Rapporteur on Adequate Housing.
Emilly Renaud, National Coordinator
Emilly holds an Honours Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and Anthropology from the University of Toronto and a Master of Public Administration from Queen’s University. Raised in Ottawa’s public housing, Emilly’s lived experience informs her work at CWP and her lifelong dedication to social justice. As a teenager, she engaged in local activism through creating awareness about issues like poverty, addiction and mental health, women’s and children’s rights, and was the Youth Representative at the annual meeting of the Canadian Coalition for the Rights of Children in 2011. In her academic career, Emilly focused her studies on social, racial, and economic inequality and policy. Emilly is committed to using education, policy, and human rights law to promote systemic change and improve the lives of marginalized people in Canada.
Zayneb Ragheai, Articling Student
Zayneb joined the CWP team in September 2020 as the new articling student. She a graduate of the Common Law Section at the University of Ottawa. She also holds an Honours Bachelor of Arts from the University of Toronto in International Relations and Peace, Conflict and Justice Studies. During her time at law school, Zayneb interned at the War Crimes section of the Department of Justice, conducted legal research for a member of the International Law Commission and participated in the University of Ottawa’s Refugee Law Clinic. She is honoured to receive the Law Foundation of Ontario’s Public Interest Articling Fellowship so that she may be able to assist CWP in furthering its mission to protect vulnerable communities and advance human rights in Canada.