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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Rao: Parental sponsorship rules are antifeminist

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 of $39,000 a year for three years just to be able to have…

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Osien: Gun violence is more than just a gang problem

Thousands of people, many of them students, march against gun violence in Manhattan during the March for Our Lives rally on March 24, 2018 in New York City. More than 800 March for Our Lives events, organized by survivors of the Parkland, Florida school shooting on February 14 that left 17 dead, are taking place…

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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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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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Feminist Law Reform Course at the Faculty of Law of the University of Ottawa

Cours sur la réforme féministe du droit With the support of a generous donation from Shirley Greenberg, Professor Martha Jackman, member of the NAWL Steering Committee, and Julie Shugarman, NAWL Consultant, created and offered an advanced seminar on feminist law reform at the Faculty of Law of the University of Ottawa during the 2014 Winter…

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Gendered Dissent Workshop

On May 12-13, 2014, Julie Shugarman and Pam Cross presented on a panel with the Barbra Schlifer Clinic and FAFIA at the Gendered Dissent workshop hosted by the Institute for Feminist Legal Studies at Osgoode Law School.  The final report of the workshop participants can be viewed here.…

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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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Some Guidelines for Feminist Legal Pedagogy

Law professors across the country have managed to (and often despite considerable animosity and resistance from other faculty members) ensure that law schools engage with feminist content or substance within the classroom. Fostering feminist pedagogical forms or structures, however, remains a challenge for many of us.…

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Feminist Warning

Did I tell you that I am a feminist? Card-carrying, with capital letters and without apology or equivocation? Did you just roll your eyes? It’s okay, this won’t take long.…

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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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A Feminist Take on First Year Criminal Law

Un aperçu féministe sur le cours de droit pénal de première année A Feminist Take on First Year Criminal Law” was drafted for NAWL by Elizabeth Sheehy, in the summer of 2010. Professor Sheehy teaches at the University of Ottawa faculty of law. Her work concentrates on legal responses to violence against women and she…

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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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NAWL’s Critique published in Le Devoir

Critique de l’ANFD dans “Le Devoir” Read our article on Le Devoir.com highlighting Stephen Harper’s broken promises to women (in french only). Lire notre article sur ledevoir.com soulignant promesses brisées de Stephen Harper pour les femmes. Read our article on Le Devoir.com highlighting Stephen Harper’s broken promises to women (in french only). Les promesses brisées…

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