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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

March 1, 2024


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19 May 2020
May 19, 2020

Letter sent by NAWL to the Prime Minister from women’s rights and equality seeking groups on feminist policy making in the context of COVID-19

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It is clear that the COVID-19 pandemic has far-reaching and long-term gendered impacts. Women are front and centre when it comes to the impacts of and responses to the pandemic. From increased risk of violence in abusive homes under lockdown to expanded ...
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17 April 2020
April 17, 2020

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

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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 ...
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3 March 2020
March 3, 2020

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

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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 ...
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17 February 2020
February 17, 2020

Joint Letter to Finance Minister on PharmaCare

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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, ...
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8 March 2019
March 8, 2019

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

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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 ...
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28 January 2019
January 28, 2019

Letter Regarding CSC Consultation on Bill C-83

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Malheureusement, cet editorial n’est pas disponible en français. ...
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18 December 2018
December 18, 2018

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

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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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17 December 2018
December 17, 2018

Action Canada & NAWL respond to 2019 Canada Summer Jobs Program

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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 ...
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30 October 2018
October 30, 2018

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

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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 ...
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18 October 2018
October 18, 2018

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

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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). ...
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14 August 2018
August 14, 2018

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

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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 ...
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14 August 2018
August 14, 2018

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

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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 ...
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15 May 2018
May 15, 2018

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

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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 ...
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8 March 2018
March 8, 2018

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

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Right Honourable Justin Trudeau Prime Minister of Canada 80 Wellington Street Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0A2 cc: Hon. Maryam Monsef, Minister of Status of Women RE:  Urgent Need for National Action Plan to  Prevent and Address Gender-Based Violence in Canada Dear Prime Minister ...
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28 January 2018
January 28, 2018

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

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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 ...
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1 June 2017
June 1, 2017

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

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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 ...
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23 May 2014
May 23, 2014

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

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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 ...
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28 September 2012
September 28, 2012

Open Letter: Resignation of Rona Ambrose re M-312

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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. ...
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9 September 2012
September 9, 2012

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

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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 ...
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29 November 2009
November 29, 2009

Conservative Government Trying to Silence Women’s Groups

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Conservative Government Trying to Silence Women’s Groups Le gouvernement conservateur tente de réduire les organisations de femmes au silence In September 2006, NAWL was forced to shut its doors for one month because of delays in the approval of our Status of ...
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