The UN Declaration on the Elimination of Violence Against Women and the Inter-American Convention on the Prevention, Punishment and Eradication of Violence Against Women

A summary of a presentation from NAWL’s 14th Biennial Conference Canada has been a leader in women’s human rights in the international human rights arena for several years. Indeed, Canada backed the campaign at the 1993 United Nations World Conference on Human Rights that led to the recognition that women’s rights are an inalienable, integral…

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Mothers as Secondary Defendants in Child Sexual Abuse Claims

Summary of a Presentation from NAWL’s 14th Biennial Conference A new development has emerged as adult survivors of child sexual abuse turn to civil litigation as a tool in obtaining redress for their injury: the joinder of the plaintiff’s mother as a defendant, either by the plaintiff herself or by the primary defendant, usually the…

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Workshop on Transgender Human Rights and Women’s Substantive Equality

Workshop conducted by the NAWL Working Group on Transgender Issues at NAWL’s 14th Biennial Conference Through a number of successful cases — specifically involving male-to-female transsexuals — provincial courts and human rights tribunals have acknowledged discrimination against transgendered persons, although specific protections have yet to be encoded in law. Developing appropriate analysis and strategies for…

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The Struggle for Pay Equity in New Brunswick

A Summary of a Presentation at NAWL’s 14th Biennial Conference No one can deny that the pay inequities which women experience on the labour market pose great social challenges. Equal pay remains a dream for many women. In New Brunswick as elsewhere in Canada, we are currently seeing important gaps between the wages paid to…

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Minority Women, Family Law and the State

A Summary of a Workshop at NAWL’s 14th Biennial Conference Women belonging to cultural minorities sometimes seek state support regarding inequalities they experience in their communities. Such inequalities, justified in the name of “culture”, are often especially evident in the family law arena, and in particular in marriage and divorce laws. Marriage and divorce laws…

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Conference Overview

From March 7 – 10, 2002, over 400 participants from throughout Canada and from Germany, China, and Brazil, gathered at the Ottawa Congress Centre for NAWL’s 14th Biennial Conference on Women, the Family and the State. By all accounts, the conference was a success, featuring a dynamic program, diverse participation, spirited policy discussions, visual, sonic…

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The Canadian Gender and Trade Consultation

Cet article est disponible uniquement en anglais. After the World Trade Organization wrapped up its meetings in the heavily patrolled city of Doha, Qatar this past November, Farah Khan, an observer, stated: “Compared with other international gatherings, Doha has been a remarkable and unrelenting gathering of male suits. From the opening plenary to the closing…

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Bill C-36: The Anti-terrorism Act

Cet article est disponible uniquement en anglais. At the urging of the United States after September 11th, governments in Europe and North America adopted stringent anti-terrorism measures. Canada responded to the call by passing tough new legislation. Bill C-36, now the Anti-terrorism Act (S. C. 2001, c. 41, online at: http://www.parl.gc.ca/common/Bills_House_Government.asp?Language=E&Parl=37&Ses=1) received Royal Assent on…

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Rethinking the Budgeting Process: A Call for Renewed Action

Cet article est disponible uniquement en anglais. The Process Leading Up to Budget 2001 NAWL has been involved in the budget-making process for years. Despite preparation and advocacy on our part, each year our submissions appear to have little effect on the policy choices ultimately made by the federal government. Perhaps it is time to…

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Pursuing a Feminist Policy Agenda through Electoral Reform

Cet article est disponible uniquement en anglais. Over the past few months NAWL has reviewed the issue of federal electoral reform, and how changes to the current federal system may facilitate a shift in the policy priorities of the Canadian Parliament. NAWL is committed to advancing the policy document of the Canadian Women’s March Committee,…

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Equality Coalition to Present Agruments in Brockie Case

Cet article est disponible uniquement en anglais. In December 2001, a coalition of 12 equality-seeking groups in Ontario presented arguments in Brillinger v. Brockie, a case before the Ontario Court of Justice. The case was on appeal from the Ontario Board of Inquiry (Human Rights Code). Scott Brockie, the owner of Imaging Excellence, a Toronto…

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Poverty is a Human Rights Violation

Cet article est disponible uniquement en anglais. Longtime members and supporters of NAWL, Gwen Brodsky and I have launched a new project dedicated to strengthening the rights of the poorest people, to have the right to social and economic security recognized by law. As well, this project is intended to increase the capacity of legal…

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Métis Women and Aboriginal Self-Governance: Entrenching Inequality Through the Devolution of Discrimination

Cet article est disponible uniquement en anglais. Like Inuit, status Indian, and non-status women, many Métis women face extreme and lifelong poverty, labour market discrimination, and tremendous barriers to education, political representation, health resources, and other social programming. Métis women also experience high rates of unemployment. These forms of inequality are the legacy of generations…

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Custody and Access Alert

Cet article est disponible uniquement en anglais. This spring, the federal government will table a report to Parliament on proposed changes to the Divorce Act, relating to custody, access and child-support. This will be an important phase in the process started in 1997 when, in exchange for Senate support for the Child Support Guidelines, the…

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Feminist Perspectives on the Draft Federal Assisted Human Reproduction Act

Cet article est disponible uniquement en anglais. In May 2001, former Health Minister Allan Rock publicized draft federal legislation on assisted human reproduction (AHR) (Health Canada documents on AHR, including the draft Act, can be found at: http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca/english/protection/biologics_genetics/reproduction/index.htm). The draft Act represents the culmination of a lengthy movement toward the regulation of reproductive technology in…

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