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Climate Crisis – NAWL Brief on Bill C-50, An Act respecting accountability, transparency and engagement to support the creation of sustainable jobs


The Senate is currently considering Bill C-50, a bill that aims to facilitate the shift towards a carbon-neutral economy and to support workers in this transition. NAWL calls on decision-makers to apply a strong intersectional feminist analysis as they consider this bill.   No true climate justice can be achieved without taking into consideration the unique challenges faced by women and … Read More

May 22, 2024


NAWL submits a brief to ban parental alienation accusations in family court


The National Association of Women and the Law (NAWL) has submitted a brief to the Standing Committee on the Status of Women for its study on Coercive Behaviour. In its brief, NAWL calls on the government to legislate to ban parental alienation accusations in family court. This demand echoes a recommendation of the UN’s Special Rapporteur on Violence against Women … Read More

May 8, 2024


NAWL receives 2023 Women, Peace and Security Civil Society Leadership Award from Government of Canada


National feminist law reform organization recognized for its work advocating for better protections for victims of domestic violence in gun control legislation Anishinaabe Territory/OTTAWA, May 2, 2024 Today, the National Association of Women and the Law (NAWL) was awarded the 2023 Women, Peace and Security Civil (WPS) Society Leadership Award by the Canadian Government. The award was presented during an … Read More

May 2, 2024


“Parental alienation: The one-size-fits-none theory” by Suzanne Zaccour, Director of Legal Affairs, NAWL


The National Association of Women and the Law is advocating for a ban on parental alienation accusations in family courts. Suzanne Zaccour, Director of Legal Affairs, wrote an op-ed addressing this pressing issue. Read the full article at https://www.law360.ca/ca/family/articles/1829261/parental-alienation-the-one-size-fits-none-theory-suzanne-zaccour 

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April 25, 2024


Budget 2024 Policy Wins for Women


New funding for free contraception, creation of more $10-a-day child care spaces and investment in gun control buyback program Anishinaabe Territory/OTTAWA, April 16, 2024 – The National Association of Women and the Law (NAWL) is pleased to see funding in Budget 2024 which addresses barriers women and girls in Canada face to achieving substantive gender equality. Reproductive justice – universal … Read More

April 16, 2024


Publication of the 2024 edition of “A Woman’s Guide to Money, Relationships, and the Law in Ontario”


The National Association of Women and the Law is excited to announce the publication of the 2024 edition of “A Woman’s Guide to Money, Relationships, and the Law in Ontario”.   This comprehensive guide is designed to empower women in Ontario with the knowledge of their financial rights and responsibilities within relationships. Whether you are married or in an unmarried … Read More

April 3, 2024


Announcing the winners of NAWL’s 50th Anniversary Student Essay Contest


Congratulations to the winners of our 50th-anniversary essay contest: The winning submission was from Tess Moffat from the University of Ottawa for her essay, The State as a Primary Perpetrator of Violence Against Indigenous Women.  Veronica Kiang, from Toronto Metropolitan University, was the runner-up for her entry, Fool’s Gold and Broken Rules: An Analysis on Wrongful Strip Searches Against Women.   … Read More

March 28, 2024


NAWL continues advocating against parental alienation accusations against victims of family violence


“Parental alienation” is a concept used in parenting time disputes to criticize one parent, often the mother, when the other parent, often the father, does not have a relationship with the child. NAWL is leading a campaign, endorsed by 250 feminist organizations across the country, to ban the use of this harmful concept. Read our article on LAW 360 to … Read More

March 26, 2024


NAWL speaks out on the issue of sexual violence in the workplace


On January 31st, 2024, NAWL submitted a brief to the Committee on Labour and the Economy of the National Assembly of Quebec concerning Bill 42, an Act to prevent and fight psychological harassment and sexual violence in the workplace.   A Statistics Canada survey found that nearly one in two adults say they have witnessed or experienced sexual violence in their … Read More

March 25, 2024


The National Association of Women and the Law reacts to appellate decision on “Bill 21”


Yesterday, the Court of Appeal of Quebec rendered its decision on the Act respecting the laicity of the State, commonly known as Bill 21. Bill 21 was adopted with the preemptive invocation of the Charter’s notwithstanding clause, which the Quebec government intends to renew as we approach 5 years of the law being in force. “NAWL is extremely disappointed in … Read More

March 1, 2024


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17 January 2024
January 17, 2024

NAWL Celebrates 50 Years of Advancing Women’s Substantive Equality

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50 Years of Leadership and Expert Legal Contributions in Canada  The National Association of Women and the Law (NAWL) is kicking off its 50th anniversary in 2024 by celebrating five decades of landmark law reform, leadership and advocacy to break down barriers ...
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6 September 2022
September 6, 2022

NAWL goes coast to coast with our Feminist Law Reform Workshop Series 2022-2023

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE   The National Association of Women and the Law is conducting a series of Feminist Law Reform (FLR) Workshops across the country from 2022-2023.   The goal of the Feminist Law Reform Workshop series is to bring NAWL’s FLR 101 ...
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23 August 2022
August 23, 2022

SPRINT TO 50: NAWL’s Strategic Plan for 2022-2024

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Introducing our organizational strategic plan, Sprint to 50, feels like a very special and monumentous occasion for all of us at The National Association of Women and the Law!   Sprint to 50 acts as our guiding star for the next three years, ...
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20 September 2019
September 20, 2019

NAWL hosts introductory workshop on feminist law reform in Ottawa

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Representatives of thirteen national feminist and equality seeking organizations and allies participated in an introductory workshop on feminist law reform convened at the University of Ottawa. The morning session of the workshop, which presented an introduction to feminist law reform, was facilitated ...
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16 May 2018
May 16, 2018

Book Launch: “The Right to Say No – Marital Rape and Law Reform in Canada, Ghana, Kenya and Mala

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Book Launch: “The Right to Say No – Marital Rape and Law Reform in Canada, Ghana, Kenya and Malawi” Lancement de livre : “The Right to Say No – Marital Rape and Law Reform in Canada, Ghana, Kenya and Malawi” Toronto book ...
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15 April 2018
April 15, 2018

NAWL hosts consultation with Dubravka Šimonovic, United Nations Special Rapporteur on Violence Against Women, its Causes and Consequences

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12 March 2018
March 12, 2018

NAWL Workshop at the 2018 Law Needs Feminism Because National Forum

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NAWL participated in the Law Needs Feminism Because National Forum held in Ottawa on March 3, 2018. The Forum’s theme for the year, Access to Justice, brought together law students, lawyers, community practitioners and activists. NAWL’s well-attended workshop; Rebuilding Feminist Law Reform Capacities in ...
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22 February 2018
February 22, 2018

Forum on Housing as a Human Right

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Monday April 16th from 13h45 to 17h00 Housing: A Human Right Towards a formal recognition of the right to housing. Forum presented in partnership with NAWL, FRAPRU and the Ligue des droits et libertés, as part of the 7th Biennial Conference “Parce que l’avenir nous habite” in ...
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23 October 2015
October 23, 2015

Feminist Law Reform Course at the Faculty of Law of the University of Ottawa

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With the support of a generous donation from Shirley Greenberg, Professor Martha Jackman, member of the NAWL Steering Committee, and Julie Shugarman, NAWL Consultant, created and offered an advanced seminar on feminist law reform at the Faculty of Law of the University ...
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19 May 2014
May 19, 2014

Gendered Dissent Workshop

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On May 12-13, 2014, Julie Shugarman and Pam Cross presented on a panel with the Barbra Schlifer Clinic and FAFIA at the Gendered Dissent workshop hosted by the Institute for Feminist Legal Studies at Osgoode Law School.  The final report of the ...
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16 September 2013
September 16, 2013

Feminist Leadership Summit 2011

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In February 2011, NAWL hosted a Feminist Leadership Summit in Ottawa that was attended by twenty-one young feminists from across Canada. All of the Summit participants, representing a diverse range of identities, had demonstrated leadership skills and equality rights work experience in ...
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17 January 2010
January 17, 2010

Campus Caucuses

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In its early years, NAWL was both directed and supported in its work by caucuses at many law schools across the country. The caucuses were made up of feminist law students and professors who were interested in working on national women’s equality ...
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13 December 2009
December 13, 2009

Women’s Worlds 2011

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Participate in this international conference on July 3-7, 2011 in Ottawa and Gatineau. The theme is “Inclusions, Exclusions and Seclusions: Living in a Globalized World.” Does globalization include, exclude, and/or seclude women? As global hierarchies realign, how are gender roles and identities ...
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11 December 2009
December 11, 2009

The National Women’s Lobby Interim Report to Canadian Women (October 15-17, 2000)

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Cet article est disponible uniquement en anglais. Ottawa rocked for three days in October, as the National Women’s Lobby (the national Canadian campaign that was part of the World March of Women Against Violence and Poverty) met with Members of Parliament, party ...
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26 July 2007
July 26, 2007

Report on the NAWL Pan-Canadian Workshop on Improving Maternity and Parental Benefits outside Québec

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For the last three years, NAWL has been exploring ways of improving maternity and parental benefits for women living outside Québec. The NAWL Working Group has had several in-depth discussions on this issue, did extensive research on existing literature in Québec, Canada ...
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2 June 2007
June 2, 2007

Workshop Towards a More Inclusive Maternity/Paternal Benefits Regime

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For the last three years, NAWL has been exploring ways of improving maternity and parental benefits for women living outside Québec. The NAWL Working Group has had several in-depth discussions on this issue, did extensive research on existing literature in Québec, Canada ...
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28 May 2007
May 28, 2007

Mothering in Law: Defending Women’s Rights in 2007

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This May, NAWL, in collaboration with the University of Ottawa, will be hosting Mothering In Law, its biennial national conference. The Conference will take place on Friday, May 11 and Saturday May 12 — Mother’s Day weekend. The conference will provide an ...
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28 May 2007
May 28, 2007

Campus Cocktails with NAWL

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Over the past four months, NAWL’s Campus Cocktails: Braving the Anti-Feminist Backlash in 2006–2007 tour visited 10 university campuses throughout the country to hear from young women about feminist advocacy in Canada, and to share with women NAWL’s past, present and future. ...
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28 May 2007
May 28, 2007

Building for NAWL’s Future: Staying Alive in 2007

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NAWL has launched its Staying Alive campaign in response to changes in the mandate of the Status of Women Canada’s Women’s Program, which make most of NAWL’s work ineligible for ongoing funding. In order to continue our essential work for Canadian women, ...
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11 May 2007
May 11, 2007

The Mothering in Law Conference

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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 ...
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