November 19 and 20, 2015 - Speaking Notes: Chief Commissioner Renu Mandhane (check against delivery). "Thank you for inviting me here to add a human rights lens to the issues of sexual harassment and sexual violence. This is an issue very close to my heart."
The Code does not specifically define the ground of “sex,” but the OHRC considers it to be related to a person’s biological sex, male or female. Men and women receive equal protection under this ground. The ground of “sex” also includes a broader notion of “gender,” which can be described as the social characteristics attributed to each sex.
The Code protects men and women from harassment and discrimination, including assumptions about their abilities that result from stereotypes about how men and women ”should” behave, dress or interact. The right to equal treatment without discrimination because of sex also applies to pregnancy.