Canada’s Commitment to Equality: A Gender Analysis of the Last 10 Federal Budgets

Ce document est seulement disponible en anglais. In 1995, 188 countries, including Canada, adopted the Beijing Platform for Action, setting out a detailed plan for addressing women’s poverty, economic security and health. A decade later, the Canadian Feminist Alliance for International Action is asking: are women in Canada better off? In 1995, the Government of…

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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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Maternity and Parental Benefits

Québec has them, so why can’t the rest of Canada? Mothering a child is associated with a significant drop in income. It has lifelong consequences for a woman’s earning capacity and employment-related benefits like pensions. And that’s above and beyond feeding and clothing a child or temporary loss of income when a woman stops work…

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An Update on Pay Equity

The federal government – Canada’s “New Government” – has decided to take a giant step backwards on the question of equal pay for work of equal value. There is nothing new in their pay equity plan. More than thirty years after the adoption of the Canadian Human Rights Act, women still earn less, on average,…

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Improving Maternity and Parental Benefits

Ce document est seulement disponible en anglais. According to NAWL’s vision, every mother should receive income replacement and material support during the first years of caring for a child. Bearing and raising children should not impoverish women, as is now the case. No single initiative is sufficient to drastically improve the situation of all mothers…

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Assisted Human Reproduction Act Update

The NAWL Reproductive Technologies Working Group will be meeting in Montreal in early June 2007 to formulate NAWL’s position on the Assisted Human Reproduction Act, which is due for review, likely after the next election. The Act reflects Canada’s position on an array of controversial bioethics issues relating to assisted reproduction such as embryo research,…

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Mothering in Law: Defending Women’s Rights in 2007

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 opportunity for discussion about policies, programs, and legal reforms that will promote the…

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On Trafficking for the Purpose of Sexual Exploitation

On November 7, 2006, lawyer and women’s rights activist Chantal Tie represented NAWL at the Standing Committee on the Status of Women (FEWO) hearings on Trafficking for the Purpose of Sexual Exploitation. Here are excerpts of her testimony. “Trafficking is both a national and an international or global problem. We have an internal trafficking problem,…

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Braving the Backlash From the Hill

The current Conservative government of Canada insists that all women have full equality in our country, but as women we know this simply is not the case. With the 40% cut to Status of Women Canada, closure of 12 offices, abolition of the Court Challenges Program, and a removal of the word ‘equality’ as an…

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The Broken Promises of Prime Minister Harper

At the end of the January 2006 election campaign, Stephen Harper promised that: “Yes, I’m ready to support women’s human rights and I agree that Canada has more to do to meet its international obligations to women’s equality. If elected, I will take concrete and immediate measures, as recommended by the United Nations, to ensure…

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Campus Cocktails with NAWL

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. The events were a success in garnering more support for feminist efforts, reflecting…

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Building for NAWL’s Future: Staying Alive in 2007

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, NAWL must raise $300,000.00 by September 1, 2007. Although NAWL will seek appropriate…

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Childcare Benefits

Child care is of particular importance for Canadian women as almost three quarters of women with young children combine paid work with motherhood; child care, therefore, is what allows women equal access to the workforce. Under Prime Minister Harper’s child care system, women are being denied equal access to the workforce and access to quality…

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Challenging the Nuclear Family, Protecting Lesbian Mothers: A Legal Catch-22

Despite the enormous increase in the number of lesbians choosing to parent, as well as the numerous legal victories they have achieved in recent years, lesbian mothers remain legally vulnerable. Non-biological mothers in particular are subject to the whim of both biological mothers and the courts, while the legal status of known sperm donors remains…

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The Protection of Family Assets in Quebec

This document is only available in French. Les ententes «prénuptiales» deviennent de plus en plus populaires en Amérique du Nord. Ces contrats privés permettent aux parties de mettre de côté les dispositions égalitaires des lois sur le droit de la famille. Elles visent généralement à protéger le patrimoine de l’époux le plus riche, qui se…

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In Defense of the Court Challenges Program

This document is only available in French. Le 11 décembre 2006, l’ANFD présentait un exposé verbal et un mémoire devant le Comité permanent du patrimoine canadien sur l’impact de l’annulation du financement du Programme de contestation judiciaire du Canada (PCJ) annoncée le 25 septembre 2006 par le gouvernement conservateur. Dans nos présentations, nous avons fait…

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The Abolition of the Court Challenges Program

Presentation on the abolition of the Court Challenges Program to the 39th Parliament,1st Session, Standing Committee on the Status of Women (FEWO). For the full transcript visit the Edited Evidence website of the Standing Committee on the Status of Women. Prof. Margaret Denike (National Association of Women and the Law): Thank you. I’m sorry, I…

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Bonnie: We’ll Miss You!

After nine years as Executive Director of NAWL, Bonnie Diamond will be retiring on February 1, 2006. Her departure is a great loss. Members, staff and volunteers at NAWL can confirm that from the moment she was hired and throughout the years of her leadership she has brought tremendous vitality to NAWL. She has shown…

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Section 15 – NAWL/West Coast LEAF 20th Anniversary Conference

Section 15 – NAWL/West Coast LEAF 20th Anniversary Conference Conférence ANFD/FAEJ Côte-Ouest sur le 20ième anniversaire de l’article 15 NAWL and West Coast LEAF jointly hosted a conference in celebration of the 20th anniversary of the equality provision (section 15) of the Canadian Charter. Women from across Canada and around the world came together in…

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Urgent Action Fund

Since its inception in 1997, the Urgent Action Fund has promoted the rights of women and girls around the world through rapid response grantmaking and by sharing the unique knowledge and experience of its grant-recipients through research and publications. Although UAF’s main office is located in Boulder, Colorado, it makes grants to women’s human rights…

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