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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

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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

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13 December 2023
December 13, 2023

Gun Control is a Women’s Issue

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As Bill C-21 progresses through the Senate, Suzanne Zaccour, Director of Legal Affairs for the National Association of Women and the Law (NAWL) and Aja Mason, Executive Director of the Yukon Status of Women Council, have written an op-ed emphasizing that gun ...
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23 February 2022
February 23, 2022

Protesters need to understand: Canada’s Charter is not the U.S. Bill of Rights – Opinion by Professor Martha Jackman

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BY MARTHA JACKMAN CONTRIBUTED TO THE GLOBE AND MAIL Published February 22, 2022 Read original Opinion article here.   What are we to make of the fact that Canadian protesters in front of Parliament and before the courts are demanding their U.S. ...
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7 January 2022
January 7, 2022

“Federal law banning conversion therapy is the first step toward dismantling heteronormative views” Opinion by FLR/RDF law student Sumaya Sherif

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Opinion published by the Ottawa Citizen on January 7, 2022. Read full article here. It has been long overdue. Conversion therapy practice is now a criminal offence. It only took Parliament three tries to pass the Bill — I guess third time’s ...
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6 January 2022
January 6, 2022

“Forced evacuation of pregnant Indigenous women must stop” Opinion by FLR/RDF law student Carolina Maass

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Opinion published by Toronto Star on January 6, 2022. Read full article here. Pregnant Indigenous women are being forced to travel hundreds of kilometres to give birth alone and away from their communities. Health Canada has a birth evacuation policy that requires them to ...
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4 January 2022
January 4, 2022

“Supreme Court must keep women’s rights at the forefront when it rules on ‘extreme intoxication’ defence” Opinion article by Kerri A. Froc and Elizabeth A. Sheehy

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KERRI A. FROC AND ELIZABETH A. SHEEHY CONTRIBUTED TO THE GLOBE AND MAIL PUBLISHED JANUARY 4, 2022 Read original Opinion article here. Three significant cases have arrived for consideration at the Supreme Court of Canada, each challenging Section 33.1 of the Criminal Code. That section, added by ...
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7 December 2021
December 7, 2021

“The Canada Health Act is failing people with mental illness” Opinion article by Yasmin Khaliq

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Opinion article published by the Ottawa Citizen on December 3, 2021. Read the full article here. In this opinion article on mental health written by Yasmin Khaliq in her Feminist Law Reform class at the University of Ottawa taught by Professor Martha ...
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6 May 2021
May 6, 2021

“A glimmer of hope” Opinion Article by Nathalie Chalifour and Anne Levesque on SCC Carbon Pricing Ruling

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Opinion article published by CBA National on May 3, 2021. Read full article here. “The carbon pricing ruling at the SCC is a partial victory for equality-seeking groups. But will it be interpreted in a manner that is equality affirming and aligned ...
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16 October 2020
October 16, 2020

NAWL and FOE: A real climate-emergency plan must address inequality

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Op-ed published by iPolitics on October 15, 2020. Read full op-ed here Written by Anne Levesque, co-chair of the National Association of Women and the Law and Beatrice Olivastri, CEO of Friends of the Earth Canada. ‘In the recent global fires, floods and ...
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4 December 2018
December 4, 2018

Alexandra Machicado-McGee: While politicians flex, she suffers

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Malheureusement, cet editorial n’est pas disponible en français. https://inter-alia.ca/2018/11/29/opinion-while-politicians-flex-she-suffers/ ...
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9 November 2018
November 9, 2018

Laura Schemitsch: Setting a Deportation Target Puts Canadian Values on the Line

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https://www.huffingtonpost.ca/laura-schemitsch/canada-refugee-deportation-quotas_a_23582638/ Malheureusement, cet editorial n’est pas disponible en français. ...
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25 June 2018
June 25, 2018

Rachael Harder Was Rejected As Committee Chair For Good Reason

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Her views on women’s reproductive autonomy and choice show that she lacks the basic qualifications necessary to be a member, let alone the chair. Written by Martha Jackman, Professor of constitutional law and member of the Centre for Health Law Policy & ...
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24 April 2018
April 24, 2018

Raeisi: You support pay equity? Tell me how much you make

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One topic we never discuss with each other is our salaries. A colleague can ask if you go to church, but not how much you make. That’s a problem because we can’t know how much we should fairly be paid if we ...
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24 April 2018
April 24, 2018

Cass: The deportation of Lucy Granados shows how hollow government ‘compassion’ is

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Published by The Ottawa Citizen on April 16, 2018. Link here.  The author, Charlotte Cass is a common law student at the University of Ottawa and a member of the Ottawa Sanctuary Network. She is enrolled in the Feminist Law Reform course lead by Professor ...
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24 April 2018
April 24, 2018

Rao: Parental sponsorship rules are antifeminist

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The author, Aditya Rao is a common law student at the University of Ottawa. She is enrolled in the Feminist Law Reform course lead by Professor Martha Jackman, NAWL co-chair, and Suki Beavers, NAWL’s Project Director.  Can you imagine being required to show proof of income ...
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24 April 2018
April 24, 2018

Osien: Gun violence is more than just a gang problem

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Thousands of people, many of them students, march against gun violence in Manhattan during the March for Our Lives rally on March 24, 2018 in New York City. More than 800 March for Our Lives events, organized by survivors of the Parkland, ...
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3 April 2018
April 3, 2018

Ethans: Here’s why lawyers should advocate for greater diversity in their profession

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Malheureusement, cet éditorial est seulement disponible en anglais. The author, Paula Ethans is a third-year law student at the University of Ottawa. She is enrolled in the Feminist Law Reform course lead by Professor Martha Jackman, NAWL co-chair, and Suki Beavers, NAWL’s Project Director.  Published ...
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4 January 2010
January 4, 2010

NAWL’s Critique published in Le Devoir

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Critique de l’ANFD dans “Le Devoir” Read our article on Le Devoir.com highlighting Stephen Harper’s broken promises to women (in french only). Lire notre article sur ledevoir.com soulignant promesses brisées de Stephen Harper pour les femmes. Read our article on Le Devoir.com ...
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