Joint Brief on the Impact of Bill C-42 on Women’s Safety

Un mémoire conjoint sur l’impact du projet de loi C-42 sur la sécurité de la femme Le 7 mai 2015, l’ANFD a déposé un mémoire conjoint sur l’impact du projet de loi C-42 sur la sécurité de la femme au Comité permanent de la sécurité publique et nationale Along with the Coalition for Gun Control…

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Speaking Your Mother Tongue: Language as a Women’s Issue

Working in coalition with Action travail des femmes and the Table féministe francophone de concertation provinciale de l’Ontario, NAWL played a role in the cross-Canada consultation process on reform to the Canadian Human Rights Act. NAWL submitted a comprehensive brief to the Panel, (see article, “CHRA Review Panel About to Submit Report”) and also a…

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Canadian Human Rights Act Review Panel to Submit Report

CHRA Review Panel About to Submit Report Le comité de révision de la LCDP s’apprête à remettre son rapport After a year of work, the Canadian Human Rights Act (CHRA) Review Panel, headed by former Supreme Court Judge Gérald Laforest, is about to submit its report to the Minister of Justice. Working in coalition with…

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Women in Conflict with the Law

Violations of women’s human rights happen in many different areas, from penitentiaries to national security policy to the application of the Canadian Human Rights Act itself. “Women have served their sentences in harsher conditions than men because of their small numbers. They have suffered greater family dislocation than men, because there are so few options…

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The Anti-Terrorism Act

In the wake of the attacks of September 11, 2001, Canada adopted an Anti-terrorism Act. NAWL spoke out against adoption of the Act. We argued that as women and as feminists, we understood the need to take action against terrorism. Indeed, we have been fighting against domestic sexual terrorism that forces approximately 100,000 abused women…

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Canadian Human Rights Review

In 1999, NAWL presented a Brief to the Canadian Human Rights Act Review Panel. We underlined the need for a better, faster way of processing human rights complaints. We urged the Task Force to recommend inclusion of social condition as a protected ground of discrimination under the Act. We also told the Review Panel that…

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Pay Equity

The Problem More than 25 years the adoption of the Canadian Human Rights Act, women working full-time still earn 71% of men’s salaries, regardless of our age, occupation or education. For women of colour, Aboriginal women and women with a disability, the wage gap is even greater. The pay equity provisions in the Canada Human…

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The Gosselin Case

Gosselin v. Québec… a disappointing Supreme Court decision on the right to social assistance. This case is about a Québec welfare regulation that provided drastically reduced benefits (170$ a month) for persons under thirty years of age who were considered able to work. NAWL intervened before the Supreme Court. We argued that when the government…

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Pre-Budget Consultations: 2005 Federal Budget

In NAWL’s Brief to the Finance Committee on the 2005 Federal Budget (as a member of the Coalition for Women’s Equality), we argued that the federal government has sufficient resources to implement a National Child Care Program (see pages 17 and 18).[pdf-embedder url=”https://nawl.ca/wp-content/uploads/2004/12/Pub_Brief_Finance04_en.pdf” title=”Pre-Budget Consultations: 2005 Federal Budget”]…

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The Recent Québec Appeal Court Decision on the Constitutionality of Maternity and Parental Benefits as Employment Insurance benefits: Some Feminist Reflections

Aside from federal/provincial division of powers arguments, the Québec Appeal Court decision raised some important questions about maternity and parental benefits. The Court saw motherhood as an individual choice and therefore an individual responsibility. At NAWL, we think that society as a whole benefits from the work mothers (and increasingly, fathers) do raising children. The…

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Submission on Marriage and the Legal Recognition of Same-Sex Unions to the Standing Committee on Justice and Human Rights

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NAWL’s Pre-Budget Submission to the Standing Committee on Finance, 2001

Ce mémoire est disponible seulement en anglais. We have one key message for the committee: Good fiscal policy-making must take gender into account. To underline this message, our submission will illustrate some problems with two major budgetary initiatives of recent years: personal income tax cuts, and the caregiver credit. While these initiatives were intended to…

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