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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NAWL hosts introductory workshop on feminist law reform in Ottawa

Representatives of thirteen national feminist and equality seeking organizations and allies participated in an introductory workshop on feminist law reform convened at the University of Ottawa. The morning session of the workshop, which presented an introduction to feminist law reform, was facilitated by: NAWL’s Executive Director, Suki Beavers; NAWL Project Director, Rachel Kohut; NAWL Project…

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Raeisi: You support pay equity? Tell me how much you make

One topic we never discuss with each other is our salaries. A colleague can ask if you go to church, but not how much you make. That’s a problem because we can’t know how much we should fairly be paid if we never talk about it.On April 1, Ontario got new legal rules requiring Equal Pay for Equal Work. The new rules require employers to pay the same rates to all employees, including part-time and casual workers, when they complete substantially the same work, with exceptions for factors such as seniority.Unfortunately, the new rules have a major flaw. It is up to employees to point out when they are being paid unfairly. But how can they know that?…

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Cass: The deportation of Lucy Granados shows how hollow government ‘compassion’ is

Published by The Ottawa Citizen on April 16, 2018. Link here.  The author, Charlotte Cass is a common law student at the University of Ottawa and a member of the Ottawa Sanctuary Network. She is enrolled in the Feminist Law Reform course lead by Professor Martha Jackman, NAWL co-chair, and Suki Beavers, NAWL’s Project Director.  On Friday morning,…

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Ethans: Here’s why lawyers should advocate for greater diversity in their profession

Malheureusement, cet éditorial est seulement disponible en anglais. The author, Paula Ethans is a third-year 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.  Published on: March 30, 2018 | in The Ottawa Citizen What happens when a law…

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NAWL Workshop at the 2018 Law Needs Feminism Because National Forum

NAWL participated in the Law Needs Feminism Because National Forum held in Ottawa on March 3, 2018. The Forum’s theme for the year, Access to Justice, brought together law students, lawyers, community practitioners and activists. NAWL’s well-attended workshop; Rebuilding Feminist Law Reform Capacities in Canada, provided law students with organizational and movement history, and introduced a range…

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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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Why we still need feminism in law school

Law can function as either a tool or a weapon. Used well, it can be a tool to effect social justice. Used badly, it is a weapon that will increase social injustice. Either way, law, and those who study, understand, apply and interpret it, have a lot of power in our society. I want to encourage you to find ways to use the law as a tool for social justice. In particular, I want to encourage you to use it as a tool to increase women’s equality in this country.…

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Where would I be without Feminism in Law School?

It is an unfortunate truth that law school can be a harrowing experience. Among the first examples that spring to my mind of the more difficult issues one must face are: first year’s onerous schedule and the brutal introduction to the Socratic method, which makes first year notoriously difficult to endure; the anxiety invoked by the approach of 100% exams in second year; the need to resist the persistent push toward big firm practice—a push that results from the profession’s influence on the law school… I have spent many sleep-bereft nights wondering: Why am I doing this to myself?…

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What We Do

The NAWL promotes women’s equality by lobbying for change to federal and provincial laws and regulations, producing publications on legal issues affecting all aspects of women’s lives, consulting with government officials on legal issues of concern to women, and more. The NAWL promotes women’s equality by… lobbying for change to federal and provincial laws and…

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Campus Caucuses

In its early years, NAWL was both directed and supported in its work by caucuses at many law schools across the country. The caucuses were made up of feminist law students and professors who were interested in working on national women’s equality issues. They were critical to NAWL’s work and helped ensure that we stayed…

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