NAWL submits brief on Bill C-5 to the House of Commons Standing Committee on Justice and Human Rights

NAWL submitted a brief on Bill C-5—An Act to amend the Judges Act and the Criminal Code—to the House of Commons Standing Committee on Justice and Human Rights. 36 feminist and equality-seeking organizations endorsed the brief, including: Accessibility for All Action Ontarienne contre la violence faite aux femmes Amnesty International Canada AMS Sexual Assault Support […]

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Brief Submitted to the House of Commons Standing Committee on Public Safety and National Security on Bill C-71

May 25, 2018 Executive Summary  The National Association of Women and the Law (NAWL) is an incorporated not-for-profit feminist organization that promotes the equality rights of women in Canada through legal education, research, and law reform advocacy. In this submission,1 NAWL echoes the voices of other women’s organizations in supporting the steps the government has […]

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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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Not in the Best Interests of Women and Children – An Analysis of Bill 422: An Act to Amend the Divorce Act

On June 16, 2009, Saskatoon-Wanuskawin Conservative Party MP Maurice Vellacott introduced Bill C-422 to the House of Commons. This Bill is the latest incarnation of a series of Bills, Motions and other legal and political maneouvrings that have attempted to eliminate the concepts of custody and access from the federal Divorce Act in favour of […]

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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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NAWL Brief to the Federal, Provincial, Territorial Family Law Committee on Custody, Access and Child

Mémoire de l’ANFD au Comité fédéral, provincial et territorial sur le droit de la famille, sur la garde, le droit de visite et les pensions alimentaires pour enfants The Divorce Act must begin with a preamble, supported by the wording within the Act itself, about the social and economic disadvantage of women. The Act must […]

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NAWL Brief to the Supreme Court of Canada in Gosselin v. Québec (Attorney General)

Mémoire de l’ANFD à la Cour suprême dans l’affaire Gosselin c. Québec NAWL wishes to highlight aspects of the record that reveal the impact of the challenged section of the Social Aid Regulation on young women and men in the 18-30 age group, to underscore the specific ways in which the challenged provision put young […]

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