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

Op-ed published by iPolitics on October 15, 2020. Link 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 droughts, it’s women who have borne the brunt of climate catastrophe.’   It was heartening…

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Rachael Harder Was Rejected As Committee Chair For Good Reason

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 & Ethics at the University of Ottawa Published in the Huffington Post on October…

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

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 never talk about it.On April 1, Ontario got new legal rules requiring Equal Pay for Equal Work. The new rules require employers to pay the same rates to all employees, including part-time and casual workers, when they complete substantially the same work, with exceptions for factors such as seniority.Unfortunately, the new rules have a major flaw. It is up to employees to point out when they are being paid unfairly. But how can they know that?…

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Rao: Parental sponsorship rules are antifeminist

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 of $39,000 a year for three years just to be able to have…

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Osien: Gun violence is more than just a gang problem

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, Florida school shooting on February 14 that left 17 dead, are taking place…

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

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 on: March 30, 2018 | in The Ottawa Citizen What happens when a law…

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A Feminist Take on First Year Criminal Law

Un aperçu féministe sur le cours de droit pénal de première année A Feminist Take on First Year Criminal Law” was drafted for NAWL by Elizabeth Sheehy, in the summer of 2010. Professor Sheehy teaches at the University of Ottawa faculty of law. Her work concentrates on legal responses to violence against women and she…

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NAWL’s Critique published in Le Devoir

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 highlighting Stephen Harper’s broken promises to women (in french only). Les promesses brisées…

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The Anti-Terrorism Act

In the wake of the attacks of September 11, 2001, Canada adopted an Anti-terrorism Act. NAWL spoke out against adoption of the Act. We argued that as women and as feminists, we understood the need to take action against terrorism. Indeed, we have been fighting against domestic sexual terrorism that forces approximately 100,000 abused women…

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