Kate McInturff’s superpower: wielding her love of big data for gender equality

Written by Anne Kingston and originally posted in MacLean’s Magazine. Malheureusement, cet editorial n’est pas disponible en français. In her final blog post, the much-admired policy analyst wrote: ‘We all have an obligation, in as far as we are capable, to work to diminish human suffering’ In September 2017, during her presentation before the Standing Committee…

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Job posting: Bilingual Project Administrator

The National Association of Women and the Law (NAWL) is an incorporated not-for-profit feminist organization that promotes the equality rights of women in Canada through legal education, research, and law reform advocacy.  NAWL has recently been successful in securing funding to launch a feminist law reform project.  The Project’s primary mandate is to revitalize the capacity of…

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Nhi Huynh is the second recipient of the Alison Dewar Scholarship

Nhi Huynh et la deuxième récipiendaire de la bourse Alison Dewar Congratulations to Nhi Huynh, the second recipient of the Alison Dewar Scholarship in Women’s Equality, Labour and Human Rights Law at the University of Ottawa. Félicitations à Nhi Huynh, la deuxième récipiendaire de la bourse Alison Dewar dans les domaines de l’égalité des femmes,…

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Morgan Teeple Hopkins is the first recipient of the Alison Dewar Scholarship

Morgan Teeple Hopkins et la première récipiendaire de la bourse Alison Dewar Congratulations to Morgan Teeple Hopkins, the first recipient of the Alison Dewar Scholarship in Women’s Equality, Labour and Human Rights Law at the University of Ottawa. Félicitations à Morgan Teeple Hopkins, la première récipiendaire de la bourse Alison Dewar dans les domaines de…

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NAWL is proud to join Up for Debate

L’ANFD est fière de joindre Place au débat NAWL is proud to join Up for Debate, a campaign formed by an alliance of over 100 organizations from across the country, representing over 3.5 million Canadians. L’ANFD est fière de joindre Place au débat, une campagne créée par un regroupement de plus de 100 organismes provenant…

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A Sad Farewell

The National Association of Women and the Law (NAWL) notes with great sadness the death of our dear friend and colleague Alison Dewar. Alison was an ardent defender of social justice on all fronts, as a union-side labour lawyer, human rights advocate and activist community member.  Alison joined NAWL’s National Steering Committee in 2005, providing…

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Feminist Leadership Summit 2011

In February 2011, NAWL hosted a Feminist Leadership Summit in Ottawa that was attended by twenty-one young feminists from across Canada. All of the Summit participants, representing a diverse range of identities, had demonstrated leadership skills and equality rights work experience in their communities. The goal of the summit was to connect young leaders from local…

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Feminist Curriculum in Law Schools

Curriculum féministe dans une école de droit canadienne The study will include a needs assessment, taking into consideration the underserved legal needs of marginalized women. Watch the NAWL website for updates on this project. L’ANFD est fière d’annoncer que nous avons reçu du financement de la Fondation McLean pour étudier la possibilité de développer et…

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Policy Research Grant Recipients

In 2009, the Trustees of the National Association of Women and the Law Charitable Trust for Research and Education announced the first recipients of NAWL’s policy research grants project. Four grants were provided to support the work of feminist researchers to prepare educational papers on legal issues that affect women, whose interests are often excluded…

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Coalition for Women’s Equality and Human Rights

As part of the Ad Hoc Coalition for Women’s Equality and Human Rights, NAWL maintains an ongoing campaign to pressure the federal parties to commit to concrete and meaningful measures to advance women’s equality. From the Coalition’s website (www.womensequality.ca): The Ad Hoc Coalition for Women’s Equality and Human Rights came together in 2006. The Coalition’s…

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Same-Sex Marriage

My partner Carolyn Moffat and I (Carolyn Rowe) decided to participate in the Ontario test-case on marriage for same-sex spouses. This past spring, we drove down to Toronto’s City Hall where we applied for a marriage license. We were not granted or denied our marriage license, but were asked to wait for further clarification. The Clerk at the Marriage Registry Office is now seeking direction from the Superior Court of Justice by way of an application.…

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Coalition for Women’s Equality

Coalition pour l’égalité des femmes The Coalition for Women’s Equality (CWE) works with all political parties to create mechanisms that will ensure that the government delivers on the equality guarantees for women set out in the Canadian Charter, the Canadian Human Rights Act and in international agreements such as the Convention on the Elimination of…

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Federal Elections

In close collaboration with the Coalition for Women’s Equality (CWE), NAWL encourages women and women’s groups to get involved in federal elections and ask questions about women’s issues. During the Federal Elections in 2004 and 2006, NAWL helped the CWE develop a booklet called “Still in Shock”. This booklet provides background information and identifies key…

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Discrimination on the Basis of Social Condition

In December of 1999, NAWL presented a Brief to the Canadian Human Rights Act Review Panel. We recommended inclusion of social condition as a protected ground of discrimination under the Act. We also told the Review Panel that if the Human Rights Act is to make a difference for the most disadvantaged women in Quebec…

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Stolen Sisters: 500 Aboriginal Women are Missing or Dead

Over the past three decades, some 500 Aboriginal women have disappeared or been murdered in Canada. A 2004 Amnesty International Report documented the systemic killing of indigenous women in Canada, particularly those who were young and impoverished. The Report concludes that Canadian authorities could and should have done more to ensure the safety of these…

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Women and the Social Deficit

Canada adopted the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights in 1976. Countries like Canada that have signed the International Covenant must submit progress reports to an International Committee. Groups like NAWL can also present alternative reports to the Committee. In November of 1998, NAWL submitted a report called: Women and the Social Deficit.…

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Workshop Towards a More Inclusive Maternity/Paternal Benefits Regime

For the last three years, NAWL has been exploring ways of improving maternity and parental benefits for women living outside Québec. The NAWL Working Group has had several in-depth discussions on this issue, did extensive research on existing literature in Québec, Canada and abroad, and has consulted widely with women across Canada. On May 10,…

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