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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

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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

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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


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30 March 2006
March 30, 2006

Update on the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act and Women

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Some of NAWL’s 2001 recommendations were integrated in the new Immigration and Refugee Protection Act (IRPA). Others were ignored. In 2006, NAWL did a brief update of the impact of the new IRPA on immigrant and refugee women. The Immigration and Refugee ...
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8 March 2005
March 8, 2005

500 Aboriginal Women Missing or Murdered

Violence Against Women
Some 500 Aboriginal women have been disappeared/murdered over the past three decades in Canada. In support of the Native Women’s Association of Canada (NWAC), NAWL and others urge Minister Anne McLellan to fund research and education related to violence against Aboriginal women. ...
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14 October 2003
October 14, 2003

Bill C-22: Update

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Cet article est disponible uniquement en anglais. NAWL’s ongoing work in the area of custody and access has been focused on Bill C-22, An Act to Amend the Divorce Act, since Justice Minister Martin Cauchon introduced it into the House of Commons ...
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14 October 2003
October 14, 2003

Addressing Trafficking in Women and Children in Canada

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Cet article est disponible uniquement en anglais. Trafficking in women and girls is a significant global problem to which Canada is unfortunately not immune. It is an illegal yet highly profitable industry, which recruits, transports and sells human beings for the purpose ...
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14 July 2003
July 14, 2003

Agency and Urgency: An Advocacy Project on the Defence of Provocation

Violence Against Women
As a student of Women’s Studies, a worker at a shelter for abused women and a black woman who witnessed violence in my life, I believe the Provocation Defence is a blatant injustice to women. Honourable Minister, our beloved country has fought ...
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24 March 2003
March 24, 2003

Restorative Justice in Nova Scotia: Women’s Experience and Recommendations

Violence Against Women
Restorative Justice in Nova Scotia: Women’s Experience and Recommendations La justice réparatrice en Nouvelle-Écosse: le vécu et les recommandations des femmes Restorative justice processes have been contemplated as a potential improvement on the failures of the existing criminal justice system to deal ...
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16 February 2003
February 16, 2003

Coalition of Stolen Sisters

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NAWL is a member of the National Coalition for our Stolen Sisters, led by the Native Women’s Association of Canada. To date, other member organizations include the Canadian Research Institute on the Advancement of Women (CRIAW), Womenspace, the Canadian Federation of University ...
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16 February 2003
February 16, 2003

From Custody and Access to Parental Responsibilities? What Does Bill C-22 Offer to Women and Childre

Violence Against Women
In December 2002, the federal Minister of Justice introduced Bill C-22. If enacted, the Bill will significantly change the child custody and access provisions of the Divorce Act. Women’s groups, including NAWL, have long called for changes to the Divorce Act to ...
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16 July 2002
July 16, 2002

Confidential Records and Sexual Assault Complainants post-Mills: Still Vulnerable?

Violence Against Women
Summary of a Presentation from NAWL’s 14th Biennial Conference During the 1990s, the scope of access to complainant’s confidential records was radically widened in a series of decisions of the Supreme Court of Canada that relied upon an almost inviolable interpretation of ...
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16 July 2002
July 16, 2002

The UN Declaration on the Elimination of Violence Against Women and the Inter-American Convention on the Prevention, Punishment and Eradication of Violence Against Women

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A summary of a presentation from NAWL’s 14th Biennial Conference Canada has been a leader in women’s human rights in the international human rights arena for several years. Indeed, Canada backed the campaign at the 1993 United Nations World Conference on Human ...
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18 June 2001
June 18, 2001

In Whose Best Interests?

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Cet article est disponible uniquement en anglais. Both historically and currently, women have been and remain the primary caregivers of children in most families in Canada. Certainly, fathers share more of the responsibility than they did in the past, but in 52% ...
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15 June 2001
June 15, 2001

NAWL Brief to the Federal, Provincial, Territorial Family Law Committee on Custody, Access and Child

Violence Against Women
Mémoire de l’ANFD au Comité fédéral, provincial et territorial sur le droit de la famille, sur la garde, le droit de visite et les pensions alimentaires pour enfants The Divorce Act must begin with a preamble, supported by the wording within the ...
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1 June 2001
June 1, 2001

Brief to the Federal, Provincial, Territorial Family Law Committee on Custody, Access and Child Support

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2 February 2001
February 2, 2001

Twelve Good Reasons to Oppose Granting Criminal Immunity to Police

Violence Against Women
Cet article est disponible uniquement en anglais. I attended a round table hosted by the Department of Justice on October 5, 2000 on the government’s White Paper on Criminal Liability and Law Enforcement, along with a number of other academics and legal ...
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2 February 2001
February 2, 2001

Rape Shield Provisions Upheld

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Cet article est disponible uniquement en anglais. The Supreme Court of Canada upheld the rape shield provisions of the Criminal Code (s. 276, 276.1and 276.2) in R. v. Darrach, 2000 SCC 46, released October 12. Except in one respect, the decision does ...
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2 February 2001
February 2, 2001

Update on the Pamela Jean George Case

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Cet article est disponible uniquement en anglais. In the early morning hours of April 17, 1995, on the outskirts of Regina, Saskatchewan, Pamela Jean George was beaten to death by two young white men. One of the two men convicted of killing ...
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23 June 2000
June 23, 2000

The Defence of Provocation: Stop Excusing Violence Against Women

Violence Against Women
Historically the criminal law system has justified and condoned male violence against women. It allowed a man to use “reasonable” force to ensure the respect and obedience of his spouse; it immunized husbands from prosecution for rape of their wives; it did ...
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1 March 1997
March 1, 1997

Submissions to the Standing Committee on Bill C-46, An Act to Amend the Criminal Code in Respect of Production of Records in Sexual Offence Proceedings

Violence Against Women
NAWL congratulates the government for attempting to curb the damaging effects of recent Supreme Court decisions (Behariell and O’Connor). NAWL makes some practical suggestions for improvement. NAWL consulted very thoroughly with front line groups to develop its position. ...
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1 January 1996
January 1, 1996

Discriminatory Uses of Personal Records in Sexual Violence Cases: Notes for Sexual Assault Counsellors on the Supreme Court of Canada’s Decisions in R v O’Connor and LLA v AB

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The paper is designed to be of use to women in sexual assault centres who are likely to be faced with subpoenas to produce personal records. It also gives a useful summary of the two Supreme Court cases that represent current law ...
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6 June 1995
June 6, 1995

A Brief on Bill C-72: An Act to Amend the Criminal Code

Violence Against Women
This brief addresses the government’s legislative response to the Daviault decision that created a defence of extreme intoxication for offences such as sexual assault and manslaughter. It outlines the history of the law before the Daviault decision and section by section, analyses ...
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