Late Breaking News – Equal Marriage

Cet article est disponible uniquement en anglais. A disappointing judgement denying the right of same sex couples to marry was issued by the Supreme Court of British Columbia on October 2, 2001 (EGALE Canada Inc. et al vs Attorney General of Canada et al. 2001 BCSC 1365.) See the judgement at http://www.courts.gov.bc.ca/jdb-txt/SC/01/2001BCBS1365.htm See EGALE’s press…

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Women Launch Declaration Against War and Racism, for Peace and Justice

Cet article est disponible uniquement en anglais. We wish to express out profound sorrow and shock at the devastation and tremendous loss suffered by our sisters and brothers in the United States of America. Our thoughts go to the innocent victims who died, and their families and friends who must now endure indescribable grief and…

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The Women’s Economic Equality Project

Cet article est disponible uniquement en anglais. Women of all ages experience gender inequality within and outside the home. Women are denied access to basic healthcare, housing, education, and work. Even when they are employed, women’s wages in industrialized countries are only 60-75% of wages of men. In today’s global economy, gender inequality is increasing,…

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Kim Rogers: Death in the Modern Day Pauper’s Prison

Cet article est disponible uniquement en anglais. Kim Rogers, eight months pregnant and serving a sentence of house arrest in Sudbury, Ontario, died in her small apartment on August 9, 2001 during the course of a record-setting heat wave. Two days passed before her body was found. Many see Kim Roger’s death as the result…

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Spousal Support and Pension Income in the Case of Boston v. Boston

Cet article est disponible uniquement en anglais. Based on a LEAF press release (July 12, 2001, online at http://www.leaf.ca) This past July, the Supreme Court of Canada released its decision in the Ontario case of Boston v. Boston ([2001] SCJ No. 45, QL). The ruling addresses the issue of whether a pension income can be…

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Thoughts on the World Conference Against Racism

Cet article est disponible uniquement en anglais. I had the honour of representing NAWL at the UN World Conference Against Racism, Xenophobia, and Related Intolerance (WCAR) in Durban, South Africa recently. My memories are a collage of bodyguard-flanked dignitaries, trumpeting elephants, begging toddlers, red carpets, shanty towns, giraffes, protest marches, grazing rhinos, meetings and street…

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Some Reflections on an International Experience: A Report from the CHRF International Human Rights Training Program

Cet article est disponible uniquement en anglais. Introduction This summer I represented NAWL at the Canadian Human Rights Foundation’s (CHRF) 22nd annual International Human Rights Training Program (IHRTP) in Ste-Anne-de-Bellevue, just outside of Montreal. (See the CHRF’s website at http://www.chrf.ca/english/general/files/master_eng.htm) For three weeks, 120 human rights advocates from over 60 different countries stayed in the…

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Consultation Of Women Anti-Poverty Activists

Cet article est disponible uniquement en anglais. In March, in the course of preparing the factum on the Gosselin case, NAWL consulted with women anti-poverty activists. Meetings were held in Vancouver, Ottawa, Montréal and Indian Harbour (Nova Scotia). Over forty women with expertise about living in poverty shared their views on the Gosselin case and…

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In Whose Best Interests?

Cet article est disponible uniquement en anglais. Both historically and currently, women have been and remain the primary caregivers of children in most families in Canada. Certainly, fathers share more of the responsibility than they did in the past, but in 52% of Canadian families, women do all of the child care and housework and…

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Winners of NAWL’s Trust 15th Essay Competition

Cet article est disponible uniquement en anglais. On the theme: Women March 2000: To End Poverty and Violence Against Women We are pleased to announce the winners of the 14th Annual Essay Competition organised by NAWL’s Charitable Trust for Research and Education: First prize ($750): Land Reform and Gender in South Africa, by Annette Fox…

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Twelve Good Reasons to Oppose Granting Criminal Immunity to Police

Cet article est disponible uniquement en anglais. I attended a round table hosted by the Department of Justice on October 5, 2000 on the government’s White Paper on Criminal Liability and Law Enforcement, along with a number of other academics and legal activists. The White Paper proposes legislation that would allow “designated” officers to commit…

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Rape Shield Provisions Upheld

Cet article est disponible uniquement en anglais. The Supreme Court of Canada upheld the rape shield provisions of the Criminal Code (s. 276, 276.1and 276.2) in R. v. Darrach, 2000 SCC 46, released October 12. Except in one respect, the decision does not extend protections to women; its importance lies in the fact that it…

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Update on the Pamela Jean George Case

Cet article est disponible uniquement en anglais. In the early morning hours of April 17, 1995, on the outskirts of Regina, Saskatchewan, Pamela Jean George was beaten to death by two young white men. One of the two men convicted of killing her recently received full parole on November 10, 2000. Once more, this case…

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The Women’s Economic Equality Project

Cet article est disponible uniquement en anglais. In conjunction with the United States Centre on Economic and Social Rights and the Centre on Housing Rights and Evictions (Geneva), NAWL is a partner in the newly established Women’s Economic Equality Project. The goals of the Project are to improve understanding, recognition and implementation of women’s right…

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On Losing Lesbian Rights

Cet article est disponible uniquement en anglais. While the Fourth World Conference of Women held in Beijing in 1995 fell short of formally recognising the rights of lesbians and gay men, many United Nations bodies and programs – such as the UN Commission on Human Rights, the Human Rights Committee, the High Commission for Refugees,…

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Custody and Access Project in Ontario

Cet article est disponible uniquement en anglais. Since September 2000, representatives from seven Ontario organizations have been meeting to explore ways of working together to more effectively respond to the needs of women and children involved in custody and access issues. The National Association of Women and the Law, Ontario Association of Interval and Transition…

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