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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 

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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

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

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February 29, 2024


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30 May 1995
May 30, 1995

Bill C-68: An Act Respecting Firearms and Other Weapons

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NAWL views gun control as one important component of a multi-faceted strategy to reduce violence against women. In our brief, we identify the policy considerations that make the issue of gun control an important one for women, and we address the major ...
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30 November 1993
November 30, 1993

Bill 100: An Act to Amend the Regulated Health Professions Act, 1991

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NAWL’s presentation on legislation to regulate the discipline of health professionals accused of sexually abusing their patients includes recommendations on a comprehensive definition of sexual abuse, standing for patients at disciplinary hearings and appropriate compensation. ...
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1 October 1993
October 1, 1993

Brief to the Ontario Commission on Systemic Racism in the Criminal Justice System

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NAWL’s presentation with the National Organization of Immigrant and Visible Minority Women of Canada and the Elizabeth Fry Society focused on the programming needs of incarcerated women, the impact of the “wife assault as a crime” strategy, and the need for diversity ...
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1 June 1993
June 1, 1993

Submission to the Legislative Committee on Bill C-126, An Act to Amend the Criminal Code and the Young Offenders Act

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NAWL’s brief discusses stalking and harassment, abduction of children, spousal conspiracy and child witnesses. ...
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1 May 1993
May 1, 1993

Four Year Review of the Act to Amend the Criminal Code and the Canada Evidence Act (Sexual Offences)

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NAWL’s brief pertains to laws governing sexual offences against children, and proposed rules on children giving evidence in court. ...
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20 May 1992
May 20, 1992

A Brief on Bill C-49, An Act to Amend the Criminal Code (Sexual Assault)

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NAWL’s response to the proposed “rapeshield” law. Submitted to the Legislative Committee on Bill C-49. ...
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1 March 1991
March 1, 1991

Section 213 of the Criminal Code – Prostitution

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This brief was written in response to recommendations by the Committee on Justice and the Solicitor General to make prostitution an indictable offence, in order to permit fingerprinting of all prostitutes. Happily, the federal government agreed with NAWL’s comments, and did not ...
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1 December 1990
December 1, 1990

Women and Sentencing

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Written in response to a consultation paper by the Department of Justice on directions for reform, this brief contains NAWL’s views on sentencing and corrections. ...
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1 December 1989
December 1, 1989

Prostitution: Bill C-49 Four Years Later

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Outlines NAWL’s concerns with the 1985 anti-soliciting law. Prostitutes’ safety and enforcement inequities between prostitutes and their customers are highlighted. Also shows how the law did not achieve the purpose for which it was enacted which was to clean up Canadian streets. ...
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22 October 1987
October 22, 1987

Women and Criminal Justice Issues

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Contains summaries of workshops on procedure and evidence, sentencing and punishment, criminal justice resources and the legislative agenda and a paper intended for promoting discussion. ...
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19 February 1987
February 19, 1987

Section 15 – Equality in the Criminal Justice System and the Workplace: Fact or Fantasy?

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1 February 1987
February 1, 1987

Special Defences for Women: Outline

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1 December 1986
December 1, 1986

A Brief on Bill C-15, An Act to Amend the Criminal Code and the Canada Evidence Act Regarding Sexual Offences Against Young People

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Applauds government’s initiatives regarding child sexual abuse, but shows concern about procedure and evidence provisions. Outlines changes to improve child victims’ access to the courts and proposes changes to new offences of sexual interference, sexual exploitation, and invitation to sexual touching including ...
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1 December 1986
December 1, 1986

A Perspective on the Female Offender

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1 August 1986
August 1, 1986

Section 15 and Equality in the Criminal Justice System

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1 October 1985
October 1, 1985

Bill C-49: An Act to Amend the Criminal Code (Prostitution)

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States that government concern with traffic congestion, nuisance and the quality of neighbourhood life ignores the real problems of drug trafficking, pimping and juvenile prostitution. Emphasizes NAWL’s position that use of the Criminal Code is not the answer and that the economic ...
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1 October 1985
October 1, 1985

Response of NAWL to the Recommendations in Regard to Pornography in the Fraser Report and to the Government’s Discussion Paper on the Report of the Special Committee on Pornography and Prostitution

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Supports the recommendations in the Fraser Report, with appropriate modifications, and criticizes the government’s discussion paper for neglecting to address the recommendations in the Fraser Report. ...
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1 February 1984
February 1, 1984

Soliciting for the Purpose of Prostitution

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Recommends certain modifications to the legal status of street soliciting and considers which type of legislation, regulatory or prohibitive, is better. ...
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18 February 1983
February 18, 1983

Freedom From Harm or Freedom of Speech? A Feminist Perspective on the Regulation of Pornography

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A careful analysis of the definition of pornography as well as a discussion of the degrading effects of pornography on women. Explores conflict between freedom of speech and regulation of pornography. Examines effects of laws against obscenity and proposes changes from a ...
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1 October 1981
October 1, 1981

A New Image for Sexual Offences in the Criminal Code: A Brief in Response to Bill C-53

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A discussion of the changes to assault offences in Bill C-53, protection of children, evidentiary and procedural reforms, and prostitution. ...
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