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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

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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11 April 2022
April 11, 2022

NAWL thanks Women and Gender Equality Canada for their support

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The National Association of Women and the Law (NAWL) is grateful for the funding and assistance from Women and Gender Equality Canada with our project, Adapting and Accelerating Intersectional Feminist Law Reform for a Post-Covid 19 Future.   Thanks to their support, NAWL ...
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19 November 2021
November 19, 2021

NAWL welcomes our new National Steering Committee

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NAWL is delighted to announce our new National Steering Committee (NSC), elected at our September 2021 AGM. NAWL is excited to welcome these incredible women and the expertise on feminist law reform advocacy they each bring to the organization. New NSC appointments ...
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16 September 2021
September 16, 2021

NAWL welcomes Tiffany Butler as Executive Director

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NAWL is delighted to announce the appointment of its new Executive Director, Tiffany Butler, who joined the organization in March. NAWL is excited about the new energy Tiffany brings to the organization, as well as her community-based law reform experience working to ...
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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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19 November 2019
November 19, 2019

NAWL endorses Pharmacare Now

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In the wake of the federal election, our coalition of national and provincial organizations is calling on the new government to immediately implement universal, public pharmacare. Our large and diverse coalition represents health care providers, non-profit organizations, unions, workers, seniors, patients and ...
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27 June 2019
June 27, 2019

UN report highlights systemic violence against Indigenous women, supports MMIWG inquiry findings

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A coalition of women’s rights organizations is demanding action in Ottawa following the release of a United Nations report that highlights what it says is Canada’s failure to address violence against women. ...
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2 August 2018
August 2, 2018

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

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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 ...
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22 February 2018
February 22, 2018

Forum on Housing as a Human Right

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Monday April 16th from 13h45 to 17h00 Housing: A Human Right Towards a formal recognition of the right to housing. Forum presented in partnership with NAWL, FRAPRU and the Ligue des droits et libertés, as part of the 7th Biennial Conference “Parce que l’avenir nous habite” in ...
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1 November 2016
November 1, 2016

Nhi Huynh is the second recipient of the Alison Dewar Scholarship

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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 ...
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23 October 2015
October 23, 2015

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

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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 ...
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23 October 2015
October 23, 2015

NAWL is proud to join Up for Debate

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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 ...
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25 October 2013
October 25, 2013

A Sad Farewell

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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 ...
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28 June 2011
June 28, 2011

Feminist Curriculum in Law Schools

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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 ...
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18 February 2010
February 18, 2010

Policy Research Grant Recipients

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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 ...
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13 February 2010
February 13, 2010

Mother’s Day Statements

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NAWL celebrates Mother’s Day by bringing a message to Parliament Hill on behalf of women across the country. Mother’s Day 2007 – Mothering in Law: Defending Women’s Rights in 2007 – What Women in Canada Need! Mother’s Day 2006 – On Mother’s ...
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13 December 2009
December 13, 2009

Coalition for Women’s Equality and Human Rights

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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 ...
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9 December 2009
December 9, 2009

Canadian Human Rights Act Review Panel to Submit Report

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CHRA Review Panel About to Submit Report Le comité de révision de la LCDP s’apprête à remettre son rapport After a year of work, the Canadian Human Rights Act (CHRA) Review Panel, headed by former Supreme Court Judge Gérald Laforest, is about ...
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21 November 2009
November 21, 2009

Coalition for Women’s Equality

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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 ...
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19 November 2009
November 19, 2009

Federal Elections

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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 ...
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14 February 2007
February 14, 2007

Is Your Political Party Getting All A’s?

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NAWL sends a valentine to all federal MPs. Download the PDF. ...
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