CALS has a rich history of working in the gender rights arena. We acknowledge that human rights violations do not affect all people in the same way, and many times there is a disproportionate, gendered harm that needs to be addressed. The Gender Programme focuses on protecting the rights of people of all gender identities and expressions. Our work largely centres on gender-based violence, and in particular the trauma and structural violence people face when they are failed by the very systems that are meant to protect them. This can include they treatment they face in the criminal justice system, the responses they confront to reports of sexual harassment in the workplace, how instances of sexual violence in schools are handled, and the conditions and management of domestic violence shelters.