CEDAW Review

Dear Friends, Canadian women’s organizations set the agenda for the review by the United Nations Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women of Canada’s 5th report. The national report, prepared by the Feminist Alliance for International Action (FAFIA), and the B.C. report, prepared by the B.C. CEDAW Group, provided Committee members with a detailed…

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Claire L’Heureux-Dubé Fund for Social Justice

Madame Justice Claire L’Heureux-Dubé has been a critical leader in the development of equality jurisprudence in Canada and internationally and a tireless advocate of social justice for all Canadians. To mark her retirement from the Supreme Court of Canada, to celebrate her remarkable contribution and to ensure that her legacy is furthered, the Faculty of…

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Reinventing Globalization and the Power of Positive Thinking

If there was one message that came strongly out of the Association for Women’s Rights in Development Conference in Guadalajara, Mexico, it is that feminists worldwide need to start putting forth concrete and implementable alternatives to the current neo-liberal globalization model. While we have analyzed the economic policies and critiqued them from every angle, the…

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Where is the Government Going on Custody and Access?

In the September 30th Throne Speech, the Chrétien government announced that the Divorce Act would be amended to better promote the best interest of the child, unified family courts would be expanded, and mediation and counselling would be encouraged in lieu of litigation. The commitment is very vague for a government that has been doing…

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Book Review: Susan B. Boyd – Child Custody, Law, And Women’s Work

Book Review: Susan B. Boyd – Child Custody, Law, And Women’s Work (Oxford University Press, 2002) Child Custody, Law, and Women’s Work is an important book: for legislative policy makers, for judges and lawyers, and for women and men who want to understand the complex legal and social context of child custody and access in…

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Pay Equity: Required Changes In Federal Jurisdictions

NAWL’s Working Group on Pay Equity (members include Louise Aucoin, Claude Bernier, Andrée Côté and Sheila Gibb) recently submitted a brief to the federal Pay Equity Task Force. The Honourable Anne McLellan (then Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada) and the Honourable Claudette Bradshaw (Minister of Labour) established the Task Force on June…

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CAEFS Human Rights Consultation

On October 3 and 4, 2002, NAWL representatives participated in a two-day consultation coordinated by the Canadian Association of Elizabeth Fry Societies (CAEFS). A number of national equality seeking women’s organizations were in attendance, as were other organizations that had previously expressed interest in the treatment of women serving federal sentences in Canadian prisons. The…

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Canadian Journal of Women and the Law

ADVERTISEMENT Volume 14:1: Women and Poverty: The Challenge of Social and Economic Rights Feminist activists and scholars consistently argued that equality rights guarantees would be of little value to women unless they were read as a source of substantive governmental obligation to address the real life circumstances of women’s lives. The latest volume of the…

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First Nations Governance Act: Same Old Indian Agent Mentality

The Native Women’s Association of Canada (NWAC) strongly believes that the perspectives of Aboriginal women must be taken into account when proposed changes to the Indian Act and the proposed First Nations Governance Act are considered, particularly because Aboriginal women have been “multiply disadvantaged” and discriminated against based on race, class and gender for too…

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Finding Answers: The Kimberly Rogers Inquest

At its most extreme, the criminalization of poverty costs lives. That is exactly what happened to Kimberly Rogers. Kimberly Rogers was charged and pled guilty to welfare fraud in April 2001. She had collected social assistance and failed to report that she was collecting student loans simultaneously. Social assistance recipients cannot also collect student loans…

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Meet the Board

Uniquement disponible en anglais. Throughout the years, the National Steering Committee has been made up of dynamic women from diverse backgrounds. The new committee is no exception. NAWL is pleased to introduce the 2002-2004 NSC members: Claudine Barabé Claudine Barabé is an attorney and political scientist advocating for the judicial and social rights of unemployed…

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National Association of Women and the Law Conference 2002 Resolutions

Tuition Increases: BE IT RESOLVED that the National Association of Women and the Law strongly opposes the tuition increase approved by the Faculty Council of the Faculty of Law at the University of Toronto, to $22,000 over 5 years. NAWL recognizes that high tuition has a disparate impact on women’s ability to access legal education…

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Hats Off to Claire L’Heureux-Dubé

Summary of a Presentation from NAWL’s 14th Biennial Conference On International Women’s Day (March 8th), at the NAWL conference, over 300 equality activists came together to say “Hats Off” and “Thank You” to Madame Justice Claire L’Heureux-Dubé, of the Supreme Court of Canada, for her contributions to the advancement of equality. This honour was in…

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“Bridging Visions” of Law and Art for Women, the Family and the State

An exhibition of visual, sculptural, sonic and performance art by artists: Audrey Churgin, Dawn Dale, Ngoc Tuyen Dang, Kathy Gillis, Gayle Kells, Douglas Samuel, Cindy Stelmackowich and cj fleury who collaborated with members of the law community: Elizabeth Sheehy, Elizabeth Pickett, Kimberley Lewis, Joanne St.Lewis, Rosemary Cairns Way, Llana Nackonechny, Bonnie Diamond, Kay Marshall, Ghislaine…

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World Conference Against Racism: New Obligations to Remedy Racism

Summary of a Presentation from NAWL’s 14th Biennial Conference This presentation was a series of reflections on my participation in the World Conference Against Racism (WCAR) non-governmental organization process, and what I thought the valuable outcomes were. The title, “new obligations to remedy racism” should prompt one to wonder who is obligated, and what remedies…

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Test-Case Litigation, Social and Economic Rights, and the American Convention on Human Rights: What Difference can it Make?

Summary of a presentation from NAWL’s 14th Biennial Conference In the Fall of 2001, the Supreme Court of Canada heard Louise Gosselin’s Charter claim to an adequate level of social assistance (Gosselin v. The Attorney General of Québec, 27418, decision reserved). Gosselin raises important questions regarding whether states have a positive duty to provide social…

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