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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

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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


NAWL Presents PolySeSouvient Gun Control Activists with Shirley Greenberg Award for Outstanding Leadership in Feminist Law Reform


Today, the National Association of Women and the Law (NAWL) announced it will present its inaugural Shirley Greenberg Award for outstanding leadership in feminist law reform jointly to Nathalie Provost and Heidi Rathjen, two national gun control activists who have been at the forefront of the fight for stronger gun control laws in Canada for more than 30 years. The … Read More

February 29, 2024


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16 April 2024
April 16, 2024

Budget 2024 Policy Wins for Women

Reproductive Justice
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 ...
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22 June 2023
June 22, 2023

The fight to defend reproductive rights and gender equality continues

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On the anniversary of the overturning of Roe v. Wade, NAWL joins 128 other equality-seeking organizations in calling on all levels of government to do more for gender equality and for women and 2SLGBTQIA+ people’s sexual and reproductive rights and bodily autonomy.  ...
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30 August 2022
August 30, 2022

Feminist Organizations Support No New Abortion Law in Canada

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Drafted in partnership with Action Canada for Sexual Health and Rights In the devastating wake of the Supreme Court decision overturning Roe v. Wade in the United States, Canadians are wondering how we can protect abortion rights in Canada. Abortion is regulated ...
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24 June 2022
June 24, 2022

No Legislation: What we really need to do in Canada to improve abortion access

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Why We Don’t Need A New Abortion Law In Canada  Drafted in partnership with Action Canada for Sexual Health and Rights.  Following the U.S. Supreme Court decision overturning Roe V. Wade, Canadians may be wondering how we can better protect our right ...
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5 May 2022
May 5, 2022

PRESS RELEASE: ROE v. WADE – An Important Reminder to all Canadians

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For Immediate Release –  Algonquin Anishinaabeg Territory/Ottawa, ON – The recently leaked draft majority decision of the United States Supreme Court reveals that the Court is poised to strike down the landmark Roe v. Wade decision. This is deeply concerning – for ...
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6 January 2022
January 6, 2022

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

Reproductive Justice
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 ...
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8 January 2021
January 8, 2021

National feminist groups welcome long-awaited legal action on abortion access in New Brunswick

Reproductive Justice
For Immediate Release A coalition of national feminist organizations welcomes the initiation of legal action by the Canadian Civil Liberties Association to fight the discriminatory and anti-choice regulation that prohibits the funding of abortion care outside of hospital settings in New Brunswick. ...
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25 September 2020
September 25, 2020

Feminist groups call for immediate action on abortion access in New Brunswick

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For Immediate Release A coalition of feminist organizations is calling for the federal government and the government of New Brunswick to take immediate action in light of the imminent closure of Clinic 554 in Fredericton. The Fredericton clinic, the only free-standing clinic ...
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28 May 2007
May 28, 2007

Assisted Human Reproduction Act Update

Reproductive Justice
The NAWL Reproductive Technologies Working Group will be meeting in Montreal in early June 2007 to formulate NAWL’s position on the Assisted Human Reproduction Act, which is due for review, likely after the next election. The Act reflects Canada’s position on an ...
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28 May 2007
May 28, 2007

Braving the Backlash From the Hill

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The current Conservative government of Canada insists that all women have full equality in our country, but as women we know this simply is not the case. With the 40% cut to Status of Women Canada, closure of 12 offices, abolition of ...
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15 October 2006
October 15, 2006

Abortion and Reproductive Rights

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Women’s reproductive rights, including the right to abortion, are increasingly under attack in North America. In 2006, the South Dakota Legislature voted a law that would make it a crime for doctors to perform an abortion unless it was necessary to save ...
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3 February 2004
February 3, 2004

Women’s Reproductive Rights and the American Convention on Human Rights

Reproductive Justice
The American Convention on Human Rights is an important human rights instrument, yet it contains a right to life provision. NAWL will not endorse ratification of the American Convention until we have the assurance that women’s reproductive rights, including the right to ...
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24 November 2003
November 24, 2003

Ratifying the American Convention on Human Rights: The Stakes for Women

Reproductive Justice
This report was written for the Working Group on Abortion, Reproductive Health, and Women’s Citizenship in the Americas of the National Association of Women and the Law (NAWL). Table of Contents Foreword & Acknowledgments Introduction The OAS and the Inter-American Human Rights ...
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1 November 2003
November 1, 2003

Ratifying the American Convention on Human Rights: The Stakes for Women

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27 May 2002
May 27, 2002

Ratification of the American Convention on Human Rights

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Ratification of the American Convention on Human Rights L’information d’organisation Presented to the Senate Committee on Human Rights. Available in French only. Présenté au Comité sénatorial permanent des droits de l’homme. L’Association nationale de la femme et du droit (ANFD) est très ...
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16 February 2002
February 16, 2002

Feminist Perspectives on the Draft Federal Assisted Human Reproduction Act

Reproductive Justice
Cet article est disponible uniquement en anglais. In May 2001, former Health Minister Allan Rock publicized draft federal legislation on assisted human reproduction (AHR) (Health Canada documents on AHR, including the draft Act, can be found at: http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca/english/protection/biologics_genetics/reproduction/index.htm). The draft Act represents ...
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1 April 1997
April 1, 1997

The National Association of Women and the Law Response to Bill C-47 and the Working Document on New Reproductive and Genetic Technologies: “Setting Boundaries, Enhancing Health”

Reproductive Justice
While congratulating the government for taking action in this difficult and ever changing area, NAWL criticizes the broad use of the criminal law power especially when it impinges on women’s right to choose. As well as commenting on Bill C-47, NAWL also ...
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7 October 1996
October 7, 1996

Midwifery in Canada

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1 November 1989
November 1, 1989

A Response to Crimes Against the Foetus, the Law Reform Commission of Canada’s Working Paper #58

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Takes issue with the Law Reform Commission’s proposal to create a crime of harm to or destruction of the foetus. Argues that the commission fails its own test for the criminalization of behaviour and that the commission displays little understanding of women’s ...
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1 February 1989
February 1, 1989

Latin America: A Difficult Continent for Women and Women’s Health

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