NAWL endorses Pharmacare Now

In the wake of the federal election, our coalition of national and provincial organizations is calling on the new government to immediately implement universal, public pharmacare. Our large and diverse coalition represents health care providers, non-profit organizations, unions, workers, seniors, patients and academics from across the country. Within a minority Parliament, co-operation is more important […]

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Standing in Supreme Court Climate Case sought by Friends of the Earth and NAWL

OTTAWA—Late yesterday, Friends of the Earth (FOE) and the National Association of Women and the Law (NAWL) filed their Memorandum of Argument of the Proposed Intervenor in the Climate case being appealed to the Supreme Court of Canada (SCC) by Ontario and Saskatchewan. This filing is an important step by these two organizations to secure Standing […]

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When it comes to gender equality, Canada has unfinished business: Study

At current pace it will take 164 years to close the economic gender gap alone in Canada. OTTAWA—Canada’s progress towards gender equality has been uneven, and despite some positive steps there is significant unfinished business, according to a new report released today by a network of gender equality groups and the Canadian Centre for Policy […]

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NAWL hosts introductory workshop on feminist law reform with national feminist, equality-seeking organizations in Ottawa

Twenty (20) representatives of thirteen (13) national feminist, equality seeking organizations and allies participated in an introductory workshop on feminist law reform convened at the University of Ottawa’s Faculty of Social Sciences. Participants included a diverse range of senior and junior organizational representatives, as well as feminist law students. The morning session of the workshop, […]

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After decades of waiting, women’s rights organizations celebrate changes to the Divorce Act

After decades of advocacy by women’s rights groups pressing for much needed changes to the Divorce Act, including by a coalition led by the National Association for Women and the Law (NAWL) and Luke’s Place, and the efforts of many feminists who engaged on Bill C-78; An Act to amend the Divorce Act, the Family […]

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Two federal political party leaders are ‘Up for Debate’ on gender rights – what about the rest?

OTTAWA—Today, NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh and Green Party Leader Elizabeth May publicly committed to participating in a federal leaders’ debate on women’s rights and gender equality in the lead-up to the October 2019 federal election. The leaders announced their commitments at the launch of Up for Debate, a non-partisan campaign calling for women’s rights and […]

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Open Letter: Strengthening Bill C-87, An Act respecting the reduction of poverty

NAWL signed the Open Letter to Minister Jean-Yves Duclos prepared by Canada Without Poverty Campaign 2000 and Citizens for Public Justice to strengthen Bill C-87, An Act respecting the reduction of poverty. A full version of the open letter is viewable here. The Honourable Minister Jean-Yves Duclos Minister of Families, Children, and Social Development House […]

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NAWL signs Joint Statement calling on Canada to end sterilization of Indigenous women without consent

NAWL signs Joint Statement calling on Canada to end sterilization of Indigenous women without consent: Agissons rapidement pour faire cesser la stérilisation des femmes autochtones sans leur consentementAgissons rapidement pour faire cesser la stérilisation des femmes autochtones sans leur consentement […]

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Action Canada & NAWL respond to 2019 Canada Summer Jobs Program

In response to the 2018 Canada Summer Jobs Program, Action Canada for Sexual Health and Rights (Action Canada) and the National Association of Women and the Law (NAWL) shared an open letter supporting changes made to the Program. A copy of the open letter can be found here. The framework for the 2019 Canada Summer […]

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NAWL Submission to Minister Blair on Dialogue re: Handguns and Assault Rifles

Lettre au Ministre Blair re: Réduire la criminalité violente : Dialogue sur les armes de poing et les armes d’assaut https://nawl.ca/wp-content/uploads/attachments/Letter_to_Minister_Blair._Handguns_and_Assault_weapons.pdf http://nawl.ca/pdf/Letter_to_Minister_Blair._Handguns_and_Assault_weapons_-_Français.pdf […]

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Recommendations from the NAWL consultation on VAW law reform in Canada to the UN Special Rapporteur on Violence Against Women

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 […]

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