2004 Annual Report

Message from the National Steering Committee

The last fiscal year, 2003/2004, was again a busy one for the National Association of Women and the Law. Most significantly, perhaps, we took some time to reflect on the future directions of NAWL. Legislatures are constantly introducing and revising statutes that affect women’s equality interests, which makes it difficult to set aside time to reflect on our priorities and organizational structure. Our strategic planning exercise provided us with that opportunity. Looking back, we were pleased with the wide variety of issues NAWL has worked hard to analyze in the past. Looking forward, we are excited about the opportunity to community with a broader range of constituents about our work.

Once again, the National Steering Committee is grateful for the focus, diligence, attentiveness, and hard work of the NAWL staff. Without Bonnie, Andrée, Pam, and Sharmila it really would be impossible for NAWL to function as effectively as it does. 2003/2004 brought with it a range of challenges for women’s equality seeking groups, including the pending federal election, and in many cases, much reduced government support for organizations that advance women’s equality interests. We are pleased that we were able to continue to focus on the thoughtful and substantive analysis that characterizes NAWL’s law reform work in this difficult environment.

We are also thankful for members of NAWL’s working groups, who provided countless hours of volunteer time to produce briefs and conduct workshops on a range of issues from child custody to the American Convention on Human Rights.

Other good news — NAWL turns thirty in 2004! We are delighted to be part of an organization that has been affiliated with such a wonderful group of activists for women’s equality interests since 1974. We look forward to the next thirty years.

Best,

Ros Salvador and Kim Brooks

Following are highlights of NAWL’s quest for equality in 2003/2004

The year 2003/2004 was a year in which NAWL continued to pursue a feminist law reform agenda but also took time to reflect on its past work and focus on the future.

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