The Mothering in Law Conference

A conference to discuss some of the policies, programs and reforms that will really promote the equality rights of mothers: improved maternity and parental benefits, universal childcare, family law reforms that promote women’s safety and equality, access to matrimonial property for Aboriginal women living on Reserve, parental rights for lesbian mothers, spousal sponsorship of immigrant women, and many more important issues.

Throughout the conference, we want to discuss how these issues are relevant to young women, in particular.

A Conference Organized by the National Association of Women and the Law
Co-Sponsored by:
The University of Ottawa
The Institute of Women’s Studies
The Civil Law and Common Law Sections of the Faculty of Law
The Shirley E. Greenberg Chair for Women and the Legal Profession

PROGRAMME

 

    • General Programme: pdf - doc
    • Detailed Programme (pdf)


      SPEAKERS' TEXTS
    • Publication (pdf):
      Theme 1: Mothers at Work
      Improving Maternity and Parental Benefits Outside Quebec
      by Rachel Cox
      Universal Benefits for Mothers and Fathers: A Step Towards Equity and Solidarity!
      by Hélène Cornellier
      Theme 2: Mothers in the family
      Custody and Access and Violence Against Women: The Ontario Model
      by Pamela Cross
      Joint Custody: Let’s Face it
      by Julie Lassonde
      Ontario Bans Religious Arbitration in Family Law
      by Pamela Cross
      Family Patrimony Protection In Quebec
      by Marie-Claire Belleau
      Theme 3: Mothers and Citizenship
      Reclaiming Our Way of Being: Matrimonial Real Property On Reserve
      by Beverley Jacobs
      Family Reunification for Live-in Caregivers
      by Evelyn Calugay
      Law Reform for Lesbian Mothers (in a System that Likes to Find Fathers for Children)
      by Susan Boyd and Fiona Kelly
      Theme 4: State Obligations to Mothers
      Childcare and Women’s Equality
      by Jody Dallaire and Tammy Findlay
      Tax Policy and the Traditional Family Model
      by Kathleen Lahey
    • Defending the Rights of Mothers
      by Shelagh Day: pdf - doc


      KEYNOTE ADDRESS
    • Mummy, are we there yet? by Lorna Turnbull: pdf - doc


      MOTHERS DAY LOBBY ON PARLIAMENT HILL
    • May 14th Recommendations to Parliamentarians: pdf - doc


      POST CONFERENCE
    • Conference Proceedings by Andrée Côté: pdf - doc
      Introduction
      Theme 1: Mothers at Work
      Improving Maternity and Parental Benefits
      Exploring a Complimentary Universal Benefits Program
      Theme 2: Women within the Family
      Reforming Family Law on Custody and Access
      Arbitration, Religion and Family Law
      The Protection of Family Law Patrimony in Québec
      Inadequate Protection for Common Law Spouses
      Theme 3: Mothers and Citizenship
      Matrimonial Real Property on Reserve
      Family Reunification for Domestic Workers
      Law Reform for Lesbian Mothers
      Theme 4: State Obligations to Mothers
      Childcare and Women’s Equality
      Tax Policy and the Traditional Family Model
      Defending Mothers’ Rights
      Theme 5: Federal policies and the anti-feminist Backlash
      Theme 6: Defending Women’s Rights on a shoestring Budget
      Conclusion

 

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