NAWL joins other women’s rights groups to call on the Government of Canada to ensure a rigorous & far-reaching gendered response to COVID-19

The Honourable Maryam Monsef Minister for Women and Gender Equality Government of Canada Dear Minister Monsef: As we write, evidence continues to mount about the gendered impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic in Canada. From increased risk of violence under lockdown in abusive homes, to expanded caregiving for children out of school and at-risk vulnerable adults, […]

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NAWL signs letter calling for Canada’s National Action Plan on Violence Against Women and Gender-Based Violence to be bold, ambitious, and intersectional

Violence against women and gender-based violence are non-partisan, societal issues affecting us all. Women’s Shelters Canada, in collaboration with partners from across the country, have been advocating for a National Action Plan on Violence against Women (VAW) and Gender-Based Violence (GBV) since 2015. Despite tireless efforts from countless feminist organizations across the country, rates of […]

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Joint Letter to Finance Minister on PharmaCare

Over 170 national and provincial organizations have signed the joint Pharmacare Now Statement calling on all parties to work together to implement universal, public pharmacare within this government’s mandate. A diverse coalition of 150 national and provincial organizations representing health care providers, non-profit organizations, unions, workers, business, seniors and patients are now calling on the Finance Minister […]

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Open Letter: Strengthening Bill C-87, An Act respecting the reduction of poverty

NAWL signed the Open Letter to Minister Jean-Yves Duclos prepared by Canada Without Poverty Campaign 2000 and Citizens for Public Justice to strengthen Bill C-87, An Act respecting the reduction of poverty. The Honourable Minister Jean-Yves Duclos Minister of Families, Children, and Social Development House of Commons Ottawa, ON K1A 0A2 February 1, 2019 Open […]

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NAWL signs Joint Statement calling on Canada to end sterilization of Indigenous women without consent

NAWL signs Joint Statement calling on Canada to end sterilization of Indigenous women without consent: Agissons rapidement pour faire cesser la stérilisation des femmes autochtones sans leur consentementAgissons rapidement pour faire cesser la stérilisation des femmes autochtones sans leur consentement […]

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Action Canada & NAWL respond to 2019 Canada Summer Jobs Program

In response to the 2018 Canada Summer Jobs Program, Action Canada for Sexual Health and Rights (Action Canada) and the National Association of Women and the Law (NAWL) shared an open letter supporting changes made to the Program. A copy of the open letter can be found here. The framework for the 2019 Canada Summer […]

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NAWL Submission to Minister Blair on Dialogue re: Handguns and Assault Rifles

October 26, 2018 Hon. Bill Blair, Minister of Border Security and Organized Crime Reduction House of Commons Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0A6 VIA E-MAIL Dear Minister Blair: Re: Reducing violent crime: A dialogue on handguns and assault weapons I am writing on behalf of the National Association of Women and the Law/Association nationale Femmes et Droit […]

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Open Letter to Minister Rodriguez regarding the Court Challenges Program (CCP)

VIA E-MAIL Hon. Pablo Rodriguez Minister of Canadian Heritage House of Commons Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0A6 Dear Minister Rodriguez: As you know, prior to the October 2015 federal election, Prime Minister Trudeau promised to restore funding to the Court Challenges Program (CCP). The federal budget of 2016 allocated $5 million annually to the new CCP […]

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NAWL signs open letter urging Prime Minister Trudeau to make good on his commitment to the right to housing

Une lettre ouverte exhorte le premier ministre à respecter son engagement envers le droit au logement Read the press release below about the open letter that NAWL supports to Prime Minister Trudeau on Housing Rights in Canada: Lisez le communiqué de presse ci-dessous au sujet de la lettre ouverte au Premier Ministre Trudeau que l’ANFD […]

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Open Letter Urges Prime Minister to Make Good on His Commitment to the Right to Housing

Today in Ottawa, advocates released an open letter urging the Prime Minister to make good on his commitment to the right to housing by enshrining that right in upcoming National Housing Strategy legislation. The letter has been signed by over 150 organizations and prominent Canadians, including NAWL. It was launched by Amnesty International Canada, Campaign […]

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Joint Statement on Canada’s Support for Women Human Rights Defenders in Saudi Arabia

Malheureusement, cet editorial n’est pas disponible en français. OTTAWA—The undersigned organizations express our support to Canada for its recent position on the detention of women human rights defenders in Saudi Arabia. We join Canada in urging Saudi Arabia to release women’s rights activists Samar Badawi and Nassima al-Sada, and commend Minister Freeland for her uncompromising […]

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Joint Letter on Bill C-71, An Act to amend certain Acts and Regulations in relation to firearms

Malheureusement, cette lettre n’est disponible qu’en anglais.  Jean-Marie David, Clerk of the Committee Standing Committee on Public Safety and National Security Sixth Floor, 131 Queen Street House of Commons Ottawa, ON K1A 0A6 Canada Dear Jean-Marie David, RE: Bill C-71 – An Act to amend certain Acts and Regulations in relation to firearms We are […]

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Joint Letter calling on the Prime Minister to Enact a National Action Plan on Gender-Based Violence

Lettre conjointe demandant au Premier ministre d’adopter un Plan d’action national sur la violence liée au genre International Women’s Day Letter Calling on Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to enact a National Action Plan to prevent and address gender-based violence in Canada Lettre au Premier ministre Justin Trudeau à l’occasion de la Journée internationale des femmes […]

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An Open Letter Supporting Recent Changes to the Canada Summer Jobs Program

The undersigned organizations wholeheartedly support the recent changes made to the Canada Summer Jobs (CSJ) program, which seek to secure greater fulfillment of human rights in accordance with the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. We call on all political parties in Canada to do the same. *** Dear Prime Minister Trudeau, Ms. May, Ms. […]

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NAWL leads a group of over 75 organisations calling on Canada to reaffirm the historic mandate of the Court Challenges Program

L’ANFD mène un groupe de plus de 75 organisations qui implore le Canada de réaffirmer le mandat historique du Programme de contestation judiciaire The National Association of Women and the Law led a group of over 75 national, provincial and local organisations calling on the Canadian government to reaffirm the historic mandate of the Court […]

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NAWL Responds to Trinity Western University’s School of Law Proposal

Cette lettre est uniquement disponible en anglais. In a letter addressed to the Canadian Federation of Law Societies, NAWL expresses its grave concern regarding Trinity Western University’s proposal to open a new law school. Trinity Western’s University’s requirement that students and staff sign a “community covenant agreement” is discriminatory. PDF version available here […]

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Open Letter: Resignation of Rona Ambrose re M-312

Lettre ouverte au gouvernement: Démission de Rona Ambrose re M-312 NAWL calls for Rona Ambrose’s resignation as the the Minister Responsible for the Status of Women. L’ ANFD réclame la démission immédiate de la ministre responsable de la Condition féminine, Rona Ambrose. September 28, 2012 Stephen Harper Office of the Prime Minister 80 Wellington Street […]

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NAWL calls for Rona Ambrose’s resignation as the the Minister Responsible for the Status of Women re M-312

September 28, 2012 Stephen Harper Office of the Prime Minister 80 Wellington Street Ottawa, ON K1A 0A2 By e-mail: pm@pm.gc.ca cc Minister Ambrose: rona.ambrose.c1a@parl.gc.ca Re: Resignation of Rona Ambrose re M-312 The National Association of Women and the Law (NAWL), along with the undersigned organizations, joins the Abortion Rights Coalition of Canada in demanding the […]

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Letter to Harper on Women’s Funding

NAWL had requested a meeting with Prime Minister Harper but he declined the invitation. This letter reviews the issues raised previously and asks again for a meeting. Dear Prime Minister Harper, A few months ago the National Association of Women and the Law (NAWL) and several other national women’s groups requested to meet with you […]

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