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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 

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

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8 May 2024
May 8, 2024

NAWL submits a brief to ban parental alienation accusations in family court

Family Law
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 ...
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25 April 2024
April 25, 2024

“Parental alienation: The one-size-fits-none theory” by Suzanne Zaccour, Director of Legal Affairs, NAWL

Family Law
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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26 March 2024
March 26, 2024

NAWL continues advocating against parental alienation accusations against victims of family violence

Family Law
“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 ...
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23 January 2024
January 23, 2024

250+ Feminist Organizations Call for Legal Reform to Ban Parental Alienation Accusations

Family Law
The Right Honourable Justin Trudeau,   The Honourable Arif Virani,  The Honourable Pierre Poilievre,   Jagmeet Singh,   Yves-François Blanchet,  We write to you as feminist and equality-seeking organizations to urge you to take action to address a crisis of dramatic proportions ...
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20 April 2023
April 20, 2023

NAWL defends sexual assault victims’ rights during the study of Bill 12

Family Law
On March 28th, 2023, NAWL participated in the Specific consultations and public hearings on Bill 12, An Act to reform family law with regard to filiation and to protect children born as a result of sexual assault and the victims of that ...
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13 February 2023
February 13, 2023

NAWL Intervenes in an Important Family Law Case! 

Family Law
On February 15th, 2023 NAWL will intervene in a family case before the Court of Appeal for Saskatchewan.   The case, Friesen v Friesen, concerns the recent Divorce Act amendments and their impact on women. We believe that this case has the potential ...
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30 January 2023
January 30, 2023

NAWL takes a stand against victim blaming

Family Law
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 ...
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13 October 2020
October 13, 2020

NAWL endorsed Luke’s Place brief on BILL 207: An Act to amend the Children’s Law Reform Act, the Courts of Justice Act, the Family Law Act and other Acts respecting various family law matter

Family Law
NAWL endorsed the brief by Luke’s Place presented to the Ontario legislature’s Justice Committee, on October 13, 2020, on BILL 207: An Act to amend the Children’s Law Reform Act, the Courts of Justice Act, the Family Law Act and other Acts respecting various ...
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22 June 2019
June 22, 2019

After decades of waiting, women’s rights organizations celebrate changes to the Divorce Act

Family Law
After decades of advocacy by women’s rights groups pressing for much needed changes to the Divorce Act, including by a coalition led by the National Association for Women and the Law (NAWL) and Luke’s Place, and the efforts of many feminists who ...
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6 June 2019
June 6, 2019

NAWL presents to Senate Committee on Legal and Constitutional Affairs on Bill C-78

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23 November 2018
November 23, 2018

NAWL and Luke’s Place Joint Brief on Bill C-78 Submitted to the Justice and Human Rights Committee

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24 April 2018
April 24, 2018

Rao: Parental sponsorship rules are antifeminist

Family Law
The author, Aditya Rao is a common law student at the University of Ottawa. She is enrolled in the Feminist Law Reform course lead by Professor Martha Jackman, NAWL co-chair, and Suki Beavers, NAWL’s Project Director.  Can you imagine being required to show proof of income ...
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24 January 2018
January 24, 2018

NAWL Submission to the Standing Senate Committee on Legal and Constitutional Affairs

Family Law
NAWL Submission to the Standing Senate Committee on Legal and Constitutional Affairs Présentation de l’ANFD au Comité sénatorial permanent des Affaires juridiques et constitutionnelles Submission by Pam Cross on behalf of the National Association of Women and the Law to the Standing ...
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1 October 2013
October 1, 2013

New SCC decision on economic rights in the family

Family Law
On January 25th, 2013, the Supreme Court of Canada ruled that not extending spousal support and the division of property upon relationship breakdown to common-law couples, or de facto spouses, is constitutional. The case of Quebec (Attorney General)v. A, otherwise known as ...
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13 February 2010
February 13, 2010

Mother’s Day Statements

Family Law
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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11 December 2009
December 11, 2009

Same-Sex Marriage

Family Law
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 ...
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1 August 2009
August 1, 2009

Not in the Best Interests of Women and Children – An Analysis of Bill 422: An Act to Amend the Divorce Act

Family Law
On June 16, 2009, Saskatoon-Wanuskawin Conservative Party MP Maurice Vellacott introduced Bill C-422 to the House of Commons. This Bill is the latest incarnation of a series of Bills, Motions and other legal and political maneouvrings that have attempted to eliminate the ...
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1 January 2009
January 1, 2009

Not in the Best Interests of Women and Children: An Analysis of Bill 422, An Act to Amend the Divorce Act

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28 May 2007
May 28, 2007

Mothering in Law: Defending Women’s Rights in 2007

Family Law
This May, NAWL, in collaboration with the University of Ottawa, will be hosting Mothering In Law, its biennial national conference. The Conference will take place on Friday, May 11 and Saturday May 12 — Mother’s Day weekend. The conference will provide an ...
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28 May 2007
May 28, 2007

Challenging the Nuclear Family, Protecting Lesbian Mothers: A Legal Catch-22

Family Law
Despite the enormous increase in the number of lesbians choosing to parent, as well as the numerous legal victories they have achieved in recent years, lesbian mothers remain legally vulnerable. Non-biological mothers in particular are subject to the whim of both biological ...
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