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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

March 1, 2024


NAWL Presents PolySeSouvient Gun Control Activists with Shirley Greenberg Award for Outstanding Leadership in Feminist Law Reform


Today, the National Association of Women and the Law (NAWL) announced it will present its inaugural Shirley Greenberg Award for outstanding leadership in feminist law reform jointly to Nathalie Provost and Heidi Rathjen, two national gun control activists who have been at the forefront of the fight for stronger gun control laws in Canada for more than 30 years. The … Read More

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February 29, 2024


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23 January 2024
January 23, 2024

250+ Feminist Organizations Call for Legal Reform to Ban Parental Alienation Accusations

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The Right Honourable Justin Trudeau,   The Honourable Arif Virani,  The Honourable Pierre Poilievre,   Jagmeet Singh,   Yves-François Blanchet,  We write to you as feminist and equality-seeking organizations to urge you to take action to address a crisis of dramatic proportions ...
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20 July 2023
July 20, 2023

NAWL Letter to Justin Trudeau Urging for Diversity in the Supreme Court of Canada

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The National Association of Women and the Law is urging Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to appoint a woman who is Indigenous, Black, racialized, and/or from other equality seeking communities to fill the vacancy on the Supreme Court of Canada.  The Supreme Court ...
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22 June 2023
June 22, 2023

The fight to defend reproductive rights and gender equality continues

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On the anniversary of the overturning of Roe v. Wade, NAWL joins 128 other equality-seeking organizations in calling on all levels of government to do more for gender equality and for women and 2SLGBTQIA+ people’s sexual and reproductive rights and bodily autonomy.  ...
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15 June 2023
June 15, 2023

Open Letter to Ministers re: Upcoming meeting of Forum of Ministers on Human Rights

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NAWL joins group of civil society organizations and individuals urging Ministers to consider open letter in advance of the upcoming meeting of Forum of Ministers on Human Rights, to be held on June 20, 2023 in Halifax, Nova Scotia. “As the fourth ...
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24 April 2023
April 24, 2023

Open Letter to Jagmeet Singh regarding a ban on assault-style firearms

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Mr. Jagmeet Singh, M.P. Leader, New Democratic Party House of Commons Ottawa, ON K1A 0A6 Jagmeet.Singh@parl.gc.ca – Dear Mr. Singh, The #Women4GunControl Coalition is comprised of 33 national and regional women’s and feminist organizations who have come together to work toward securing a ...
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7 March 2023
March 7, 2023

Open Letter: #Women4GunControl call for a federal ban on assault-style firearms

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To: Justin Trudeau, Pierre Poilievre, Yves-François Blanchet, Jagmeet Singh, Elizabeth May  CC: Ron McKinnon, Raquel Dancho, Kristina Michaud, Paul Chiang, Pam Damoff, Iqwinder Gaheer, Peter Julian, Dane Lloyd, Glen Motz, Taleeb Noormohamed, Peter Schiefke, Doug Shipley (members of the Standing Committee on ...
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6 December 2022
December 6, 2022

Joint statement in solidarity with Indigenous families mourning the murder of four Indigenous women

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21 June 2022
June 21, 2022

BILL C-28: Letter to Senators

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The Senate of Canada  Ottawa, Ontario  Canada  K1A 0A4    June 21, 2022     Dear Honourable Senators:    Re: Bill C-28 – Self-Induced Extreme Intoxication    I write on behalf of the National Association of Women and the Law (NAWL). Founded ...
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16 May 2022
May 16, 2022

Letter to Ministers: Firearms Controls and Violence Against Women

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The Honourable Marco Mendicino, P.C., M.P.  Minister of Public Safety     The Honourable Marci Ien, P.C., M.P. Minister for Women and Gender Equality and Youth  House of Commons  Ottawa, ON  K1A 0A6    Dear Minister Mendicino and Minister Ien,  Re Firearms ...
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26 October 2021
October 26, 2021

NAWL Support for MLA Lynne Lund’s proposed Non-Disclosure Agreements Act

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PEI Legislative Assembly 165 Richmond St. Charlottetown, PEI C1A 1J1 Dear Members of the P.E.I. Legislative Assembly: Re: Letter of Support for Proposed Non-Disclosure Agreements Act The National Association of Women and the Law is proud to support MLA Lynne Lund’s proposed ...
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29 June 2021
June 29, 2021

NAWL letter to the Senate in support of Bill C-6

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Honourable Senators, The National Association of Women and the Law is a not-for-profit feminist organization that promotes the equality rights of women, in all their diversity, through legal education, research and law reform advocacy.  We are writing to voice our support for ...
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10 June 2021
June 10, 2021

Open Letter to Ministers Bennett and Miller on behalf of gender justice and human rights organizations in solidarity with the Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc First Nation and all First Nations, Métis, and Inuit Peoples

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The Honourable Carolyn Bennet, Minister of Crown-Indigenous Relations The Honourable Marc Miller, Minister of Indigenous Services Government of Canada   Dear Ministers, On behalf of national, regional and local gender justice and human rights organizations, we are in solidarity with the Tk’emlúps ...
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10 March 2021
March 10, 2021

Open letter in support of Bill C-15, An Act Respecting the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples

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“The United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples is the framework for reconciliation at all levels and across all sectors of Canadian society.” – Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada, Principles of Reconciliation, Principle # 1. Parliament has an historic ...
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17 November 2020
November 17, 2020

NAWL signs joint letter to the Prime Minister and Minister Freeland re: Taskforce on Women and the Economy

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The Right Honourable Justin Trudeau Prime Minister The Honourable Chrystia Freeland Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance House of Commons Ottawa, ON K1A 0A6 Re: Action Plan on Women in the Economy Taskforce Dear Prime Minister Trudeau and Minister Freeland, The ...
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5 October 2020
October 5, 2020

NAWL co-signed a letter dated October 5, 2020 to Premier Legault on the death of Joyce Echaquan

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Dear Premier, We are writing to you to express our outrage as leaders of feminist movements throughout Canada on the death of Joyce Echaquan, an Atikamekw woman who was the mother of seven children and a cherished family and community member. We ...
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18 September 2020
September 18, 2020

Joint letter by Feminist Groups including NAWL to Minister Freeland, calling for her to host a roundtable with Women’s Rights organizations and feminist leaders as part of the net federal budget consultations

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The Honourable Chrystia Freeland Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance House of Commons Ottawa, ON K1A 0A6 Re: Roundtable with women’s rights and equality-seeking organizations for Federal Budget 2021 Dear Minister Freeland, In this unprecedented moment in history, federal budget priorities ...
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20 August 2020
August 20, 2020

NAWL letter to the Prime Minister and Minister of Justice on SCC nominations

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NAWL letter to the Prime Minister and Minister of Justice dated August 20, 2020, calling for the nomination of women and/or men who are Indigenous, Black, racialized, and/or from other equality seeking communities, to fill the two forthcoming Ontario vacancies on the ...
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12 August 2020
August 12, 2020

Open letter to the Prime Minister and Deputy Prime Minister of Canada: There is no time like the present to build a pan-Canadian system of child care

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Now is the time to lay the groundwork for the construction of a system of child care, as you promised Canadians in the last federal election. You and other federal ministers have publicly acknowledged the importance and centrality of child care. In ...
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7 July 2020
July 7, 2020

NAWL signs letter on the use of a restorative approach to an inquiry into the Nova Scotia mass shooting

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We write to you as directors and leaders of organizations across Canada that work to eliminate or reduce domestic violence, sexualized violence, and other gender based violence. We were shocked to see media reports that the launch of an inquiry into the ...
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22 May 2020
May 22, 2020

Canada must protect the rights of sex workers during COVID-19 by ensuring access to emergency income supports

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Thank you for your steadfast commitment to women’s rights and gender equality, including your prompt action to mobilize funding to address the gendered impacts of the pandemic. We write at this time to urge that—further to your mandate to ensure that GBA+ ...
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