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Braiding Diversity into Justice

The goal of the “Braiding Diversity into Justice” event is to connect young women, who are marginalized and/or racialized, with members of the legal sector in order to motivate and empower them. Are you a young woman interested in a career in law but perhaps due to socio-economic status, disability, migration, sexual preference, ethnicity or religion feel like you do not belong in the profession? Then this program is for you! We hope to inspire you, and to help you feel confident in your ability to become a successful legal/justice sector professional.  

In November 2018, OJEN started this full-day event that introduces young women, ages 16 to 20 in Waterloo Region to women working in law.

Braiding Diversity into Justice 2021 will take place on Thursday, March 4, 2021, virtually from 8:15 a.m. to 10.30 a.m.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this year’s Braiding Diversity into Justice event will take place by Zoom. In order to participate in this event you will need access to a computer, mobile, or tablet device with connection to the Internet.

This year’s Braiding Diversity event will include a motivational keynote from Justice Marlyse Dumel of the Ontario Court of Justice. Participants will also hear from Justice Catrina Braid and Justice Jodie-Lynn Waddilove.


CBC: “Waterloo region youth ready to take on law after diversity event.”

CBC: “40 girls, youth to visit Kitchener courthouse, learn about careers in law.”

The Record (2021): ‘You do belong’: Judges encourage young women of diverse backgrounds to pursue dreams in law

SNAP’d: “Braiding Diversity Into Justice.”

2021 Registration

Registration will open: Thursday, January 28th, 2021 at 3:00 p.m.  

Deadline to send application in: Tuesday, February 16th, 2021 at 5:00 p.m.

If you plan to join the event on a tablet or phone, we recommend you download the Zoom app in advance:

Important: If you are under the age of 18 on the day of the event, please have your parent or guardian fill in the necessary permission form. You will be asked to upload a clear photo, scan, or an electronic copy of the permission form during your registration process. If you experience any difficulty uploading the parent/guardian consent form to the registration page, contact us at

If you are a teacher registering to accompany your students during the event, please email with “Braiding Diversity Teacher” in the subject line and we will assist you.

Braiding Diversity 2021 Flyer

Braiding Diversity 2021 – Letter from the Minister of Justice

Braiding Diversity 2021 – Chief Justice Strathy letter of support

Braiding Diversity 2021 – Chief Justice Morawetz letter

Braiding Diversity 2021 – Chief Justice Maisonneuve letter

Braiding Diversity 2021 – Agenda and Speaker Bios Final

Parent / Guardian permission form

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Braiding Diversity into Justice Trailer



About the Braiding Diversity 2021 




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