NAWL takes a stand against victim blaming

Mothers who have experienced intimate partner violence are often accused of being “alienating” in family court. In December 2022, the National Association of Women and the Law submitted a brief to the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) to fight back against this phenomenon. Twenty-eight Canadian organizations endorsed our submission! …

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BILL C-28: Letter to Senators

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 in 1974, NAWL is a feminist organization that promotes the equality rights of…

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Letter to Senators: Bill S-5

NAWL is proud to be a part of the Coalition for Environmental Rights. Together, we call on the Senate and the Senate Select Committee to stand up for the rights of communities and families and remove any qualifying language to the right to a healthy environment from Bill S-5, Strengthening Environmental Protection for a Healthier Canada Act. …

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Letter to Ministers: Firearms Controls and Violence Against Women

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 Controls and Violence Against Women  Since the Montreal massacre, women’s groups across Canada…

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NAWL endorses LEAF’s Federal Budget 2022 written submission to the House of Commons Standing Committee on Finance

The Women’s Legal Education and Action Fund (LEAF) submitted February 24, 2022 makes three recommendations in their written submission to the House of Commons Standing Committee on Finance for sustained and adequate funding of the Canadian movement for women’s and gender equality. The recommendations include sustained core funding to women’s and gender equality organizations; multi-year…

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Protesters need to understand: Canada’s Charter is not the U.S. Bill of Rights – Opinion by Professor Martha Jackman

BY MARTHA JACKMAN CONTRIBUTED TO THE GLOBE AND MAIL Published February 22, 2022 Read original Opinion article here.   What are we to make of the fact that Canadian protesters in front of Parliament and before the courts are demanding their U.S. constitutional rights? Supporters of arrested Ottawa truckers complained on Twitter that police failed to read…

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“Federal law banning conversion therapy is the first step toward dismantling heteronormative views” Opinion by FLR/RDF law student Sumaya Sherif

Opinion published by the Ottawa Citizen on January 7, 2022. Read full article here. It has been long overdue. Conversion therapy practice is now a criminal offence. It only took Parliament three tries to pass the Bill — I guess third time’s the charm. But let us not get lost in this big victory. More…

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“Forced evacuation of pregnant Indigenous women must stop” Opinion by FLR/RDF law student Carolina Maass

Opinion published by Toronto Star on January 6, 2022. Read full article here. Pregnant Indigenous women are being forced to travel hundreds of kilometres to give birth alone and away from their communities. Health Canada has a birth evacuation policy that requires them to take planes, buses, boats, helicopters, taxis, or even snow machines two to four weeks before…

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“Supreme Court must keep women’s rights at the forefront when it rules on ‘extreme intoxication’ defence” Opinion article by Kerri A. Froc and Elizabeth A. Sheehy

KERRI A. FROC AND ELIZABETH A. SHEEHY CONTRIBUTED TO THE GLOBE AND MAIL PUBLISHED JANUARY 4, 2022 Read original Opinion article here. Three significant cases have arrived for consideration at the Supreme Court of Canada, each challenging Section 33.1 of the Criminal Code. That section, added by the federal government in 1995, addresses the “fault” element for crimes of violence. The…

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“The Canada Health Act is failing people with mental illness” Opinion article by Yasmin Khaliq

Opinion article published by the Ottawa Citizen on December 3, 2021. Read the full article here. In this opinion article on mental health written by Yasmin Khaliq in her Feminist Law Reform class at the University of Ottawa taught by Professor Martha Jackman – she addresses the inadequate mental health services in Canada and the…

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