National Association of Women and the Law

Promoting Canadian women’s equality through action, legal research and education.

  • Recommendations from the NAWL consultation on VAW law reform in Canada to the UN SR VAW

    The visit of the United Nations Special Rapporteur on violence against women, its causes and consequences (SR VAW) presented an important opportunity for the National Association of Women and the Law (NAWL) to convene consultations with other national feminist and equality seeking groups to focus on the potential for feminist engagement in VAW law reform in Canada.1 It has been a very long time since feminist groups were able to come together to discuss and develop strategies to respond to and drive change in relation to the many ways in which the law is implicated in state responses to VAW.  Law reform is a one cornerstone of a comprehensive NAP VAW and must be a cornerstone of the government’s actions to meet their obligations to prevent and respond to VAW in Canada.

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  • Joint Statement on Canada’s Support for Women Human Rights Defenders in Saudi Arabia

    Open letter calling for Saudi Arabia to immediately release activists Samar Badawi and Nassima al-Sada, and all women’s rights activists currently in detention. 

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  • List of Signatories for Right to Housing

    List of Signatories for Right to Housing

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  • Open Letter Urges Prime Minister to Make Good on His Commitment to the Right to Housing

    Today in Ottawa, advocates released an open letter urging the Prime Minister to make good on his commitment to the right to housing by enshrining that right in upcoming National Housing Strategy legislation. The letter has been signed by over 150 organizations and prominent Canadians, including NAWL. It was launched by Amnesty International Canada, Campaign 2000: End Child and Family Poverty, Canada Without Poverty, the Canadian Alliance to End Homelessness, housing and homelessness researcher Emily Paradis, and the Social Rights Advocacy Centre, supported by the UN Special Rapporteur on the right to housing. Now we need you to join the call, and let the government know that there is strong support for a legislated right to housing in Canada.

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