Lawyer, Activist & Academic
Jewel Amoah is a Canadian-Trinidadian human rights lawyer, activist and academic. She is committed to research, advocacy and activism to inspire and produce systemic change, enhance access to justice and the full enjoyment of rights.
Jewel’s doctoral dissertation examined the impact of intersecting identities on the attainment of substantive equality. She developed an analytical tool, GRACE, to demonstrate how the intersection of gender, race, age and culture impact access to equality rights for girls subject to customary law in South Africa. She has applied and expanded this tool in a Caribbean context as a lecturer in the Faculty of Law, University of the West Indies, Trinidad.
Jewel has worked with the United Nations Mission in Sierra Leone to build the capacity of NGOs and national institutions in the protection and promotion of human rights. In addition, her work with the Centre for Human Rights and Rehabilitation in Malawi and the Centre for Applied Social Sciences in Namibia presented opportunities to advocate for the promotion and protection of human rights, good governance and gender equality, as well as provide advice on matters of gender equality and legislative reform.
Jewel is a graduate of McMaster University, the University of Ottawa and the University of Cape Town. She is currently the Human Rights and Equity Advisor for the Halton District School Board and serves as a part-time Commissioner with the Ontario Human Rights Commission.
Jewel will happily trade a thousand snowflakes for a thousand grains of sand on any given day.