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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 

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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

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7 March 2023
March 7, 2023

Women’s Organizations Call on National Party Leaders to Honour Their Campaign Promises to Ban Assault-Style Firearms

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 07/03/2023 Weapons designed for war are a threat to the safety of women and girls, groups say Ottawa, ON: Thirty-one women’s and feminist organizations from across Canada are calling on Prime Minister Trudeau to honour his government’s longstanding commitment ...
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7 March 2023
March 7, 2023

Open Letter: #Women4GunControl call for a federal ban on assault-style firearms

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To: Justin Trudeau, Pierre Poilievre, Yves-François Blanchet, Jagmeet Singh, Elizabeth May  CC: Ron McKinnon, Raquel Dancho, Kristina Michaud, Paul Chiang, Pam Damoff, Iqwinder Gaheer, Peter Julian, Dane Lloyd, Glen Motz, Taleeb Noormohamed, Peter Schiefke, Doug Shipley (members of the Standing Committee on ...
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13 February 2023
February 13, 2023

NAWL Intervenes in an Important Family Law Case! 

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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

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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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12 January 2023
January 12, 2023

Intimate partner and domestic violence in Canada: a Brief to the Status of Women Committee

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12 December 2022
December 12, 2022

Letter to the Federation of Law Societies of Canada

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Intimate partner violence is a crucial topic that affects a lawyer’s practice regardless of their field. This is why NAWL submitted a letter to the Federation of Law Societies of Canada to demand that intimate partner violence education be included in the ...
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6 December 2022
December 6, 2022

Joint statement in solidarity with Indigenous families mourning the murder of four Indigenous women

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8 November 2022
November 8, 2022

Press Release: NAWL Takes Action on Gun Control Law

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Algonquin Anishnaabeg Territory/Ottawa, ON – The National Association of Women and the Law (NAWL) has filed a brief with the House of Commons Standing Committee on Public Safety and National Security regarding Bill C-21: An Act to amend certain ...
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21 June 2022
June 21, 2022

BILL C-28: Letter to Senators

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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 ...
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21 June 2022
June 21, 2022

PRESS RELEASE: Bill C-28 Falls Short in Protecting Women

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For Immediate Release –  Algonquin Annishnaabeg Territory/Ottawa, ON – On Friday, June 17th, Justice Minister David Lametti tabled Bill C-28, An Act to amend the Criminal Code (self-induced extreme intoxication). This Bill was introduced in response to a recent Supreme Court of ...
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16 May 2022
May 16, 2022

Letter to Ministers: Firearms Controls and Violence Against Women

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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 ...
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4 January 2022
January 4, 2022

“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

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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 ...
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29 June 2021
June 29, 2021

NAWL letter to the Senate in support of Bill C-6

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Honourable Senators, The National Association of Women and the Law is a not-for-profit feminist organization that promotes the equality rights of women, in all their diversity, through legal education, research and law reform advocacy.  We are writing to voice our support for ...
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5 October 2020
October 5, 2020

NAWL co-signed a letter dated October 5, 2020 to Premier Legault on the death of Joyce Echaquan

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Dear Premier, We are writing to you to express our outrage as leaders of feminist movements throughout Canada on the death of Joyce Echaquan, an Atikamekw woman who was the mother of seven children and a cherished family and community member. We ...
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30 August 2020
August 30, 2020

NAWL and other feminist groups joined Women’s Shelters Canada in reissuing a call for National Action Plan on Violence Against Women & Gender-Based Violence

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In the summer of 2020, NAWL was among the feminist groups that joined Women’s Shelters Canada in reissuing a call for a National Action Plan on Violence against Women & Gender Based Violence. Read the full reissue call here in English or ...
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7 July 2020
July 7, 2020

NAWL signs letter on the use of a restorative approach to an inquiry into the Nova Scotia mass shooting

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We write to you as directors and leaders of organizations across Canada that work to eliminate or reduce domestic violence, sexualized violence, and other gender based violence. We were shocked to see media reports that the launch of an inquiry into the ...
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13 April 2020
April 13, 2020

NAWL submits brief on Bill C-5 to the House of Commons Standing Committee on Justice and Human Rights

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NAWL submitted a brief on Bill C-5—An Act to amend the Judges Act and the Criminal Code—to the House of Commons Standing Committee on Justice and Human Rights. 36 feminist and equality-seeking organizations endorsed the brief, including: Accessibility for All Action Ontarienne ...
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3 March 2020
March 3, 2020

NAWL signs letter calling for Canada’s National Action Plan on Violence Against Women and Gender-Based Violence to be bold, ambitious, and intersectional

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Violence against women and gender-based violence are non-partisan, societal issues affecting us all. Women’s Shelters Canada, in collaboration with partners from across the country, have been advocating for a National Action Plan on Violence against Women (VAW) and Gender-Based Violence (GBV) since ...
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27 June 2019
June 27, 2019

UN report highlights systemic violence against Indigenous women, supports MMIWG inquiry findings

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A coalition of women’s rights organizations is demanding action in Ottawa following the release of a United Nations report that highlights what it says is Canada’s failure to address violence against women. ...
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18 December 2018
December 18, 2018

NAWL signs Joint Statement calling on Canada to end sterilization of Indigenous women without consent

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NAWL signs Joint Statement calling on Canada to end sterilization of Indigenous women without consent: Agissons rapidement pour faire cesser la stérilisation des femmes autochtones sans leur consentementAgissons rapidement pour faire cesser la stérilisation des femmes autochtones sans leur consentement ...
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