This chapter uses women’s own words to show how rights violations unfold in the lives of migrant and Canadian-born women who are poor, homeless, racialized, Aboriginal, psychiatrized, older, disabled, queer, mothers, and survivors of violence. The findings show that violations of social and economic rights make women more vulnerable to violations of their civil rights, and violations of civil rights contribute to the social and economic marginalization of women. Women’s stories prove that Canadian governments’ policies and practices operate in harmful ways in the lives of many poor women.
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